(In progress) “Mystery” plant; rudbeckias

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After nearly three weeks, one of my “mystery” plant’s seeds has sprouted! Of the four which I’d sowed, three of them didn’t sprout, and when I dug them out to throw them away, I found them infested with fruit fly maggots. So…

And while my rudbeckias did germinate, they seem to grow oh-so-slowly, until I’m getting rather impatient…

"Mystery" plant's seed has sprouted!

Rudbeckia 'toto rustic'

Rudbeckia 'toto rustic'

Rudbeckia hirta 'cherry brandy'

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(In progress) Plains coreopsis

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As this is my first time growing the plains coreopsis, what more from seeds, I’m rather intrigued by the various stages the plant goes through, whether it’s in its changing leaf shape, or anything else.

With a passing glance, I thought that the plants I’d grown from seeds were simply just growing larger (and hopefully, healthier). But when I took the pot in to put some soil over the surface (they’re currently grown on pure compost), I saw that some of the leaves had different shapes than the rest. To be sure, it is currently a small ratio. But still, it’s quite intriguing.

Some of the leaves are starting to take on the shape and design unique to that of the plains coreopsis. It’s quite cute, I think, looking a little bit like cosmos leaves, or perhaps like dill.

I should probably be dividing the plants into at least one other pot this week, since roots have already started growing out from the drainage holes beneath the pots

I’m looking forward very much to growing this plant to its flowering stage.

Nice thick plantlets forming and growing

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(In progress) Marigolds

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All three marigolds

I’m quite surprised that the dwarf strains of all my marigolds (both targetes and calendula alike) grow so much more slowly than the strain of typical height.

The calendula officinalis has already started to grow its second pair of true leaves, and the leaves are rather healthy and large, since this is the typical strain where the plant grows to a few feet tall.

However, both the calendula officinalis nana and targetes etecta nana remain slow growers, with the former seemingly stuck at half-growing their first pair of true leaves.

It’s quite weird. Hm…

C. officinalis

C. officinalis nana

Targetes etecta nana


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(In progress) Purple-flower comfrey

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The main stem is about 7mm thick or so

I can’t really remember when it was I last sowed my purple-flower comfrey seeds, but at the moment, I have one adult plant which is still growing, and one baby seedling.

I’ve noticed that plants from temperate zones seem to have yellow leaves when they grow in Singapore’s tropical climate, no matter if the plant is healthy. I’ve had the same experience growing borage, where, even though the plant is pest-free, sturdy and healthy, leaves take on an almost-sickly yellow after some time. I’ve been told by a friend that his temperate plants are also like that. So…

Upsized to a six-inch pot

Anyway, I’ve just upsized the pot of my adult comfrey, and am waiting to let it get root-bound again before I again upsize the pot. I plan to try growing some comfreys to flowering stages, to see if I can, and also because I like the flowers.

Even at the size it is now, however, its main stem is really thick. It’s quite heartening to see, since I may one day sacrifice an adult plant to chop up its roots to propagate.

Now, to wait for my yellow-flower comfrey seeds to sprout…

The yellowing leaves so typical of temperate plants in our tropical climate

New leaves always grow out healthy and green though

(In progress) Hoyas

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Hoya curtisii

Friends (especially gardening friends) who’ve known me for a long time, will know that ever since I started growing plants, I’ve adamantly stuck to growing only herbs or vegetables, or carnivorous plants. I love the scent of herbs; I love the idea that I can eat my own vegetables; and I love carnivorous plants for their (supposed?) ability to trap insects and rid my garden of them.

Well, that was, until recently.

With the knowledge that I’ll be getting my own flat looming in the coming few years, and with the knowledge that I probably might not be able to get as good sunlight there as I do at my parents’ home now, I’ve started looking at some other plants which might be able to take bright shade, and yet still provide enough growing pleasure for me.

NOID hoya

I’ve longed liked the hoya species for their sometimes-strange-sometimes-beautiful flowers. And because this species flower best in bright shade, I finally started growing them, both for beautifying my gardening space, and to learn in greater depth what conditions they thrive in.

I was at first worried that I’ll botch a lot of the cuttings friends gave me, since herbs, in my experience, can be finnicky in putting out roots. Despite reassurances that hoyas root easily, I was still worried. Although, I should have been more worried with my watering regime than rooting them.

After a few months of growing them both as potted plants I’ve bought, and from cuttings friends had kindly given to me, I’ve more or less found a balance that they seem to like: watering twice weekly, giving them bright shade with the occasional direct sunlight, and daily misting.

Hoya pubicalyx

Too much watering, however well-draining a media I’d placed them in, had rotted a few cuttings which had not put roots out. Thankfully, I’d had spares, and those have now rooted happily.

I’m not sure when the cuttings will grow established enough to put out flowers, but I sure look forward to the day that they do.

(In progress) St. John’s Wort, Plains coreopsis

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I finally got down to sowing the seeds of two plants which I’ve wanted to grow for some time: the St. John’s Wort, and plains coreopsis.

Both plants’ seeds sprout rather readily and easily. However, the St. John’s Wort seems to grow much more slowly, even though both seeds were sown at the same time.

I hope that I’m able to grow both to flowering stages. It’d be awesome to see the flowers cheering up my garden, be able to use the St. John’s Wort flowers for my drinks, and to have the satisfaction of knowing I’m able to grow both plants well.

St. John's Wort seedlings

St. John's Wort seedlings

Plains coreopsis seedlings

Plains coreopsis seedlings

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