Bonsai Anyone?Monday, September 13, 2010
I spotted this beautiful plant at a bonsai nursery recently. It has a price tag of RM780... expensive? Yes it was! But I really liked it very much as the plant bears beautiful little red fruits and cute pink flowers at the same time.
Did I buy it? Well, yes... but just a small rooted stem cutting that I could afford... at RM15 :-D
Nonetheless, it was not a perfect cutting as the nursery owner honestly told me that the cutting has difficulties growing. She even gave me some 'kapur' (chalk) to treat the stem :-(
Also she told me to get a small brush to scrap off the black growths on its stem... which I am still figuring out how to go about doing it.
After treating the plant, I just left it out in the open at a spot that receives full morning sun daily. Thirteen days later, I was happy to see more leaves and even flower buds growing!
I was glad that the shop owner offered me this cutting eventhough it was not a 'good' one. Now I really hope this plant, Acerola (Malpighia Glabra) will continue to flourish well in my garden :-D
Lesson learnt: Shop for bonsai only when I have a 'deep pocket' (which probably never happen anytime soon...) as it is not everyday that I could find/buy a cutting like this one ;-)