This blog purpose is to share my success and failures in gardening in a tropic. I have no particular liking to any plant/ flower but once it caught my attention there is no other way for me but to have it. Since I’ve all the local plant that i fancy, now i cast my eyes far away, temperate flower/plant. Hence the existence of My Experimental Garden Blog. Hope you enjoy my blog.
They are my fig cuttings.
Up to date i have about 175 cutting which cost me 3K. I’m collecting fig
cultivar. The self pollinating fig that arealreadyrooting are Sal’s, Masui
Dauphine, Madeleine, Dauphine, Black Madeira, White Genoa, Purple Jordan,
Adriatic, Fig from Greece (? Cultivar) and Lattarula.
There is few more cultivar which is not rooting yet
which i’ll update later.
I also have Turkish figs, 2 were brought by my
Turkish friend (? Cultivar) while i bought therest. The cultivars that i
possess are Goklop, Sarizeybak, White Patlican, Green Patlican, Green fig,
Purple fig, Brown fig and Mininut fig. Goklop and Sarizeybek need to be
pollinated by fig wasps, Patlican fig from Izmir is self pollinating while from
other region are not. I’m not sure about the other fig since it doesn’t have
specific name which i can check. (Reference from Turkish Agriculture
The other fig that needs fig wasp for pollination is
calimyrna. However an Indonesian friend told me that he gets to eat 10% of
calimyrna fig even without help of fig wasp. I bought the non self pollinating
cultivar as part of my experiment.
It is known by so many names: Edelkastanie, Maroni, chestnut and berangan.
Looking at its huge nut bring back a fond memory of late autumn/winter
time in Europe whereby roasted chestnut was sold at the roadside. It is really
nice to have something warm to eat while walking in a cold day. Anyway I’m
crazy about some type of nut (hazelnut, pecan, pistachio, walnut, almond,
cashew and macadamia), tolerate it (ground nut) and absolutely hate it (pine
nut). A few months ago i bought fresh chestnut from China in Mydin. (It is
different from European and locally grown chestnut). I save 5 seeds in the
fridge and after a few days it show sign of germination. I sow that seeds in
perlite, it germinates very fast, and one was partially eaten by ants and
demise after a few days. The ones that make it grow very fast. I have to pinch
the shoot to encourage the lateral growth and prevent it from getting too tall. I gave 2 to my best friend because chestnut
needs 2 trees for pollination to occur. I hope it will not require chilling
hour before it can bloom and bear fruit.
The best asparagus to grow is all male asparagus. Since it doesn't waste
energy to flower and producing seeds, all energy is directed towards the
growing spear. There will be bigger and more spear in each clump.
How can you tell whether it is male or female asparagus? When asparagus
reach the flowering stage, a growing spear will get taller but its fine leave
will be sparse, soon after that many flowers will appear. I kept pinching the
flower bud hoping to encourage the growth of the spear.
sparse needle like leaves and many flowerbuds
lush looking male asparagus in front & female at the back