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Plants

Carolina jasmine

This is my 2nd plant to flower.
And unlike the paperwhite narcissus – I really like this smell.

I have this plant blockaded so that the cat cannot eat it – its poisonous.

The flower snuck up on me, or I’d have done a time-lapse video of it opening.
I expect it to flower further, so maybe I’ll get that done.

carolina jasmine

Update: the bloom on this thing fell off after 3 days.
So far none of the plants I’ve kept alive are going to win my favorite plant contest.

And hydroponics…sigh.
PH balancing I’m not a big fan of.
I’ve heard that plants can grow 2-3 times as fast with hydroponics.

Now I’ve got to find a plant thats worth all the hassle.
At this point I’ve been balancing a couple times each day for the blueberries.
And that is more trouble than a pet.
Course, I can’t eat the cat as I will be able to with the berries.

Plants

All plants growing in my little apartment.
And my deck is full of others.

These are probably narcissus bulbs, though one is likely a hyacinth.

A fern and a peace lily. Peace lilies are reported to be good at cleaning the air.

More bulbs (narcissus and hyacinth)

More bulbs (narcissus and hyacinth)

Hyacinth bulbs

More bulbs (narcissus and hyacinth)

More bulbs (narcissus and hyacinth)

Narcissus bulbs. Ran out of single containers, so left-over bulbs got tossed into this bowl.

Couple sets of seedlings. A mix of things, sweet peas, four o’clocks, lavendar, stock, candytuft

I don’t recall what these were, but they are sprouting. Big seeds. Maybe that was the moringa seeds.

Sweet Peas

These are (will be) calamondin – miniature citrus trees.

Fifteen wisteria seeds were just planted here, 3 varieties.

If my other guess about Moringa seeds is wrong, these are moringa seeds.


These are the Miracle Fruit (changes sour to sweet) seeds.

These seedlings are sprouting in rock wool cubes (or stone wool).
Another mix of plants.



My wick system – two pieces from a mob sucking moisture up to the plants.

Baby Wisteria Vine.

Lemon-scented Eucalyptus (mosquito repellent)

Night Jasmine or Carolina Jasmine – I got these two mixed up.

Acacia.

Night Jasmine or Carolina Jasmine.

Seeds in Deco Beads

The clear beads have a combination of four o’ clock and sweet pea seeds.
Both seem to have sprouted, and rather quickly.
deco beads seeds1
The green beads are filled with… candytuft, and they just started sprouting.
I should probably filter some of the water out of that one.
I’ve seen a few seeds drop to the bottom to drown.
However, the seeds that soaked a bit in water first seem to have sprouted sooner.

New plants

I have been searching for the perfect plant:
– easy to grow, care for
– fragrant scent or some unique/useful feature
– requires little light, indoor

I acquired the following four plants recently:
Patchouli Oil Plant
Eyeball plant or Peek-a-boo plant (“Spilanthes”)
Fishtail Hoya
Peace Lily

patchouli
The Patchouli Plant is apparently picky about living conditions.
I give this plant 15 days before it kills over.
10% survival rate expected.
I have one.
However, it is an indoor plant and requires only indirect light.
The instructions included with the plant suggest giving it a blast of humidity by sticking it in the bathroom with hot water running.
I tried that, but didn’t leave it in there for very long.
So my plant is a bit droopy at this point.
The interesting thing about the Patchouli is that its used in many men’s cologne’s.
In this case, I’m using a home made wick system to keep the soil moist.
We’ll see.

eyeball plant
Eyeball plant or Peek-a-boo plant (“Spilanthes”)
The flowers resemble eye balls.
This plant isn’t happy either.
I expect it to pull through, though.
No scent this time, this plant does have medicinal properties though.
It can act as a mild pain killer (also called the toothache plant).

hoya
Fishtail Hoya
Hoyas.
I’ve heard that Hoyas are hard to kill.
At least the sales page said so.
They claim Hoyas are good for the black thumbs out there.
If it flowers, it’ll have a nice scent.

Peace Lily
Apparently this has some nice air-cleaning properties (phytoremediation).
And since my air filter seems to have some issues with ozone, I figured to try plants this time.

Update: January 24
Eyeball plant is dead – but its an annual, so it was expected.
Could have been bad PH or light amounts as well.

The Patchouli lives, but isn’t happy.
Probably wants more humidity.
Picky Fn plants.

And the hoya might as well be fake for all the growing its been doing (none).

Aeroponics

Aeroponics is a system developed by Nasa to be used in space, as there is no soil involved at all.

This is a small system, but from reviews its relatively noisy.
aerogrow
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9863440&sourceid=1500000000000003260370&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=9863440

And there’s things like this:
aeroponics
http://aeroponicsnmore.com/aeroponics-systems-c-3/rainforest-36-six-3-in-site-aeroponics-system-p-141

Apparently soil is becoming a thing of the past.
Who knew.

Bonsai

I am going to attempt to grow a few bonsai trees.
At least until I decide its too much trouble or too difficult.

I ordered a few seeds recently, including:
– Chinese Juniper
The Chinese Juniper is a classic Bonsai.

The Wisteria below would be fun, as they apparently are fragrant as well.
Watch the movie “Hero” with Jet Li; I’m pretty certain those are Wisteria trees.
– Wisteria formosa (Purple)
– Japanese Wisteria (blue)
– Chinese Wisteria (White)
– Japanese Red Maple Bloodgood (red leaves)
– Higans Weeping Cherry
– Sea Buckthorn (yellow/orange berries)
– Chinese Pistachio
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– Phantom Miracle Tree
phantom tree
The seller of these seeds claim that every part of the plant is edible.

The description continues:

As a food, the pods of the Phantom Miracle Tree, called drumsticks, are commonly consumed in India and some other Asian countries. The seeds are sometimes removed and eaten like peas or roasted like nuts. The cooked flowers are edible, and are said to taste like mushrooms. The roots are sometimes shredded and used as a condiment in the same way as horseradish.

The leaves are highly nutritious, a significant source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, protein, calcium, iron and potassium. For this reason, interest is growing in the use of Phantom Miracle Tree in addressing malnutrition in developing areas of the world. Moreover it is fast growing and fairly drought resistant thus making it ideal for planting in arid regions and also to stave off encroaching desert sand.

The seeds may be crushed and used to purify water. They also contain a high-quality oil that can be used in cooking, cosmetics, and lubrication. The crushed seed cake can be used as a fertilizer.

The bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds, oil and flowers are used in traditional medicine in several countries. In Jamaica, the sap is used for a blue dye.

The flowers are also cooked and relished as a delicacy in West Bengal and Bangladesh, especially during early spring. There it is called Sojne ful and is usually cooked with green peas and potato.

It makes a great bonsai, house plant or patio plant.

So I was easily sold (seeds aren’t expensive, in general). Apparently it can live through droughts once it reaches maturity.

– Dwarf Pomegranate