(Fertilizing) Envizymes’s Gondwana Fertilizer experiment

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The first update for this experiment was on July 31, 2010. Today is September 22, 2010. So approximately slightly less than two months have passed.

Observation till date: The pot which has been fertilized with Envizyme shows the plants’ leaves drooping in the daytime (both pots are placed in an area belonging to my dad, and he waters them at night). This should correlate somewhat with the person’s comment (my friend who works in the nursery selling Envizyme and recommended it) that the electrolytes are attracted to and congregate at the roots and allows excess moisture to bypass the roots and prevent rot.


Other than the amount of soil I’d used initially when the balsam seeds were sowed, I’ve not topped either pots up with soil. The pot with the tag seems fuller probably because I’d been testing the Envizyme on it.


As usual, the pot with the plant tag in it is the one with Envizyme.


Plants without.


Plants with.


Comparison of larger plant stalks in each pot; doesn’t seem to have much differences (right pot is the one with Envyzime).


Comparison of smaller plant stalks in each pot; noticeable differences (left pot is the one with Envizyme).

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(Growing conditions) Lemon verbena

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I love the lemon verbena plant. Oh yes, I do. Sure, its leaves smell exactly like any other plant with the citral component in them to give them their lovely citrus flavor, but other than loving to grow plants, I also like some challenge in increasing my skills and knowledge in propagating a plant which seems reluctant to reproduce through stem cuttings alone.

Like many other plants which grow in the tropics, the lemon verbena isn’t hard to grow. Just give it a well-draining moisture-retaining mix, and some occasional fertilizer, place it in a spot with at least four hours of direct morning sun, and water it everyday. It will shoot up to almost half a meter tall within less than two months, healthy and happy.

But like I said, the challenge comes in propagating this plant. I’ve had a friend who used cuttings in water, but succeeded only rarely.

The methods I’ve found which propagate this plant easily are through either air-layering, or marcotting. However, one should always use the growing portions instead of the woody portions, since the latter parts will not root, however long you wait.

Care: A well-draining moisture-retaining soil mix
Sunlight: Preferably full sun; however, it can grow well with four hours direct sunlight
Propagation: By marcotting or air-layering

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