Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Portulaca Gilliesii

June 24, 2020 0 Comments
 Portulaca Gilliesii succulents
This little gem is so cute and keeps on blooming almost all throughout the summer time. Portulaca Gilliesii is a drought-tolerant plant that thrives in dry, desert-like and well-drained soil. So basically, it is an easy plant to have with very minimal care.  A perfect succulent for first time collectors.

Portulaca Gilliesii loves the sun! I really love how it's leaves' colors turn from green to reddish-purple when you let them get a full sun exposure. When you left them in a shady corner and would not receive as much sunlight for a while, it's leaves will turn to green with a little red and purple shades, but not as much as when it is in full sun like in the photo above.

This doesn't receive much sunlight. Look at it's leaves and compare it to the photos above. :)

If you want to know how to care of your succulents, here's are the best-seller books about how to take care of your succulents.  This would surely help and guide you on how to properly take care for your plants.


Monday, May 4, 2020

Aloe Pepe (Aloe descoingsii x haworthioides)

May 04, 2020 0 Comments
Aloe Pepe is a hybrid between Aloe descoingsii and Aloe haworthioides (a.k.a Aloe descoingsii x haworthioides).

Aloe Pepe's cute flower stalk...
I had these Aloe Pepe succulents for a while and this is the first time it bloomed. Its flowers are small and really cute, it has a lighter color, unlike my other aloes. I water it once a week and it has a gritty and well-drained soil. This plant gets sun exposure for 4 hours only because it gets damaged or sunburn when I put in a place where it gets the full sun exposure.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Mammillaria Beneckei a.k.a. Fish Hook Cactus Flower

August 12, 2019 2 Comments
Hello everyone! My Mammillaria Beneckei a.k.a. Fish Hook Cactus has already bloomed and the color of it's flower is... Yellow! It's my first time to see it's beauty since I last blogged about it in year 2017. I've been waiting for my fishhook cactus to bloom and it took 2 years for it to mature and finally had its flower. Yay! :)

Before it Bloomed...


I can't help to stare at it for so long because it's beauty is captivating. It's flower didn't last long by the way, it only bloomed for one day... But I am thankful, I have seen its beauty, hopefully its offspring will also bloom soon. :)

By the way, here's my previous blog post about Mammillaria Beneckei a.k.a. Fish Hook Cactus.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Growing Clitoria Ternatea and it's Benefits

August 11, 2019 0 Comments
Growing Clitoria Ternatea or Butterly Pea and it's Benefits

Clitoria Ternatea has a lot of names, it also called Blue Ternatea, Butterfly Pea, Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea, Cordofan Pea and Darwin pea. It is an edible herbal plant that has a lot of benefits to our body. I've searched online for the benefits of Butterfly Pea and I was really amazed how this perennial plant have numerous benefits like memory enhancer, brain booster, improves eyesight, diuretic, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anti-diabetic, anti-asthmatic, anti-anxiety and depression. I think there are a lot more benefits and medicinal use if you do an intensive research about this the Clitoria Ternatea.

After knowing its benefits, I wanted to have my own Butterfly Pea plant. I am just lucky because my friend gave me some seeds last summer and I planted it a big container. We made a DIY trellis made up of small water pipes and wires so the vines has more places to climb.

Growing Clitoria Ternatea plant is just easy, it doesn't require so much, just a good soil and you're good to go. I planted them through seeds in our compost soil and in more than a week or two, there are already new sprouts. After almost two months, it started to have flowers already. Once it has started growing flowers, it will grow more everyday. :)

I used organic fertilizer on my plants like:
  • Crushed eggshells - rich in calcium which helps plants grow healthy and strong. It also reduce the acidity of the soil.
  • Rabbit manure  - a great fertilizer is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, nutrients that plants need for healthy growth. 
  • Banana peels - rich in potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. It also keeps the aphids away.
  • Rice water - (yung pinaghugasan ng bigas bago iluto). I actually don't know what are the actual benefits of using rice water on plants but based on experience, my plants and vegetables grows well and produce more fruits and as or the clitoria ternatea, it produces lots of flowers even some of my seedlings have started producing flowers in a month.
I've searched for the benefits or minerals our plants can get on rice water and I've found this post:
"Washing rice causes rice to lose up to 7% protein, 30% crude fiber, 15% free amino acids, 25% calcium (Ca), 47% total phosphorus (P), 47% iron (Fe), 11% zinc (Zn), 41% potassium (K), 59% thiamine, 26% riboflavin, and 60% niacin." [Source: http://www.christopherteh.com/blog/2017/11/washed-rice-water]

Clitoria Ternatea, Blue Ternatea, Butterfly Pea, Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea, Cordofan Pea and Darwin pea

Today, it gives us a lot of flowers which is more than what we can consume. So, I give some to my friends and family and let them try it too. :) They were so eager to try it when they knew about its benefits. ;)

Clitoria Ternatea is commonly used as tea, some calls it Blue Tea as the natural color of it's flower will fade when boiled or put on a hot water. The tea doesn't taste that bad and you can make a refeshing juice when you add lemon or calamsi and honey on the exctract that you collected from the flower.
 Here's a reference of a study made on Clitoria Ternatea and it's beneits on its subject/s:
Clitoria ternatea , commonly known as Shankpushpi, is widely used in the traditional Indian system of medicine as a brain tonic and is believed to promote memory and intelligence. We examined the effectiveness of alcoholic extracts of aerial and root parts of C. ternatea at 300 and 500 mg/kg doses orally in rats in attenuating electroshock-induced amnesia. Extracts at 300 mg/kg dose produced significant memory retention, and the root parts were found to be more effective. [Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21214440]
Treatment with 100 mg/kg of Clitoria ternatea aqueous root extract (CTR), for 30 days in neonatal and young adult age groups of rat, significantly increased acetylcholine (ACh) content in their hippocampi as compared to age matched controls. Increase in ACh content in their hippocampus may be the neurochemical basis for their improved learning and memory. [Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12490229]
Evaluation of antiasthmatic activity of Clitoria ternatea L. roots. [Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21575696]

Thursday, May 4, 2017

NCCC HARDWAREMAXXX Mother's Day Green Revolution

May 04, 2017 0 Comments
 Photo Source: NCCC Hardwaremaxx 


Hello! I'm inviting everyone to come and visit NCCC Mall Hardwaremaxx Mother's Day Green Revolution event...

If you're looking for something different to give to your Moms on Mother's Day, a Cactus or Succulent would be a lovely idea especially for Moms who loves gardening and collect different variety of plants.

Our group, Cactus and Succulents Mindanao will be having a fund raising activity for our upcoming seminar/workshop. We will be selling cactus and succulents which will be displayed at "Thorns That Blooms" stall at the 2nd floor of NCCC Mall, just in front of Hardwaremaxx starting tomorrow, May 5 until May 31.

By the way, Harwaremaxx will also have a sale on selected gardening tools and supplies too. So, to those who are into gardening, better check them out starting tomorrow until the end of May.

We hope to see you there! ;)




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mammillaria Beneckei a.k.a. Fish Hook Cactus

February 16, 2017 2 Comments
Here's one of my Cactus Collection, the Mammillaria Beneckei also known as Fish Hook Cactus


Photo taken on October 2016.

It's called a Fish Hook Cactus because it's tubercle looks like a Fish Hook. The Mammillaria Beneckei's has a white radial spines and brown hooked centrals. 
  

It's soil mixture are garden soil, rice hull and pumice, topped with lava rocks... I water them with rain water once a week or tapped water if it's not raining for a long time. :)

These two fish hook cactus has been with me for a year already and I am eager to see if it's flowers are pink or yellow. I hope it will bloom soon... :)

If you are a Cactus and Succulent collector and you're from Davao or Mindanao, you can message me and I'll add you into our group. We'll be having our second meet-up this month of February and I am excited to see and meet some new members from Davao City and nearby places. There will a "Raffle" and I will be donating this cutie li'l aloe for the raffle. It has a new baby coming up and I hope it's soon to be owner will love and take care of this too... Some members also donated pots, pebbles, cactus, succulents, dish garden, etc. So, I think, no one will leave empty handed on our upcoming meet-up... :)


I don't have it's specific name, all i know is it's from the Aloe Family... So, if you know what kind of an aloe is this, kindly leave a comment below. I would really appreciate it! Thanks! ;)

UPDATE: This is not a Mammillaria Grahamii as what I have posted last February. I'm sorry I got it confused to M. Grahamii, this cactus is actually a Mammillaria Beneckei. :) Here is it's latest photo (June 2017). It has two new offsets, I'm still waiting for it to bloom... Hopefully, soon... ;)


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Recycling Tin Cans as Succulent Containers

January 10, 2017 0 Comments
If you have some tin cans on your home, you can use them as plant containers. We have a few tin cans from the luncheon meats that we bought at the grocery. So, I tried to recycle it. It's actually my first time to recycle a tin can and used it on my succulent plant. It turned out good and I am loving it!
You can use it as a table centerpiece or anywhere in your home or office, as long as it can get enough sunlight. It's also a great way to give as a gift to a succulent lover or use it as giveaways for parties or any events.


It was just easy doing this DIY recycled tin cans. If you already have the tin cans, the first thing you should do is remove the label, wash and clean it and let it dry.

When it's already dry, you can start making a few holes at the bottom of the tin cans. I used a hammer and nail on my recycled tin can.

Once it's done, you can start putting some little stones at the bottom for drainage. Then you can start adding the soil and your chosen succulents in it. You can also add some stones on the top soil as decorations. :)


You can make this DIY containers for any plants, I am so into cactus and succulents that's why I choose it on this container. If you are into cactus and succulents too and you live in Davao, you can join our group in Facebook which is Cactus and Succulents Davao and Cactus and Succulents Mindanao. :)

I just can't stop looking at these beautiful items that I found online and wanted to share this to everyone, especially those who loves Cactus and Succulents. If you're a cactus and succulent lover, like me, you know what I mean... These cactus and succulents items are really cute and it's good for home decorations, just like this Cactus Candles. Aren't they cute?


This LED Cactus Light is also cute, I'd love to have one of these in my room... Such a cutie cactus night lamp, not just for kids but for adults too... ;)


These cactus throw pillows are great addition to your sofa, i just love it's cute designs...