Oh My Seeds!Sunday, November 15, 2009
Some of my blogger friends have recommended that I grow Plumeria. Actually I do like the beautiful Plumeria flowers that I have very often seen at private gardens and nurseries.
My concern however is the limited space I have and I am one of those who like to have lots different plants in my garden. So when I heard about the dwarf variety, I went looking for it but I couldn't find one at any of the local nurseries here. Anyway I think if I do see one, it would be quite expensive.
My other option is to grow it from its seed. But I was warned that it would not grow true to the parent plant. Hence I have been delaying on this project. Still in the end, I decided to go ahead and just hoped very much that it will indeed grow to be more like the mother plant, else a new cultivar that's even better :-)
The Singapore Pink seed germinated within 14 days but the Srisupakorn seed is still taking its time. Nonetheless, I was happy with the result as this is my first attempt (hooray!). Apparently both seed/seedling will take more than a year to mature and bloom.
The other seeds that do not need to take that long to mature are the Gomphrena and white- and green envy-coloured Zinnias seeds that I have sown. A few of the Zinnia white seeds sown earlier has germinated (as can be seen in the left portion of the combo pic below) but the rest are still under the soil... sigh :-(
Actually I am not placing high hopes on this project as I did not do well in germinating seeds the last time. But I do hope that these seeds will do better this time round. Gardening is fun here in the tropics as we can sow seeds and grow new plants whole year round. Fail this time, just sow again :-) But my real challenge is getting them to grow well right after they germinate.
Meanwhile, the Portulaca that I had sown earlier (in May!) is still striving and thriving. The recent frequent rainfalls that come day after day have pose incredible challenges for these tiny plants.
Well wish me luck again and happy gardening to you!