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#21 User is offline   Mamat 

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:36 PM

hi jacob..

am sure those orchids will brightened up ur place even more.. usually vegetables gave no colours to the place...
hey.. let me check with u.. is the dendrobium with the yellow/greening petals scented? i had a plant like that colouration once and it was soo sweet smelling..
its kinda rare to get scented orchids these days as they are grown/cultivated/hybridised for colours and vigor and flower and not scent.

i think this might be a first of many.. once the buying bug bite.. there is no stopping u.. hahahah

how much do those baby phalaenopsis cost? i bought some in Jb and they cost rm4 each..
the oncidium.. once tu have retpotte the,m.. leave them b.. put in a semi shade area.. in a few weeks the roots wld have grown.. i hope u have used sterilised cutters when u separated the bulbs. dont disturb them anymore.. soon they will flower.. they r quite easy bloomers too.. keep the pictures coming in..

u might want to consider putting melati or suimei.
they have nice sweet fragrance and such an old school u can never be tired of them...
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:05 PM

View PostMamat, on 08 August 2012 - 12:36 PM, said:

hi jacob..

am sure those orchids will brightened up ur place even more.. usually vegetables gave no colours to the place...
hey.. let me check with u.. is the dendrobium with the yellow/greening petals scented? i had a plant like that colouration once and it was soo sweet smelling..
its kinda rare to get scented orchids these days as they are grown/cultivated/hybridised for colours and vigor and flower and not scent.

i think this might be a first of many.. once the buying bug bite.. there is no stopping u.. hahahah

how much do those baby phalaenopsis cost? i bought some in Jb and they cost rm4 each..
the oncidium.. once tu have retpotte the,m.. leave them b.. put in a semi shade area.. in a few weeks the roots wld have grown.. i hope u have used sterilised cutters when u separated the bulbs. dont disturb them anymore.. soon they will flower.. they r quite easy bloomers too.. keep the pictures coming in..

u might want to consider putting melati or suimei.
they have nice sweet fragrance and such an old school u can never be tired of them...



I dont think the dendrobium has any scent.

Alamak, I paid more for the phal babies... I'm paying around MYR5.00 each. DAMM :bangin:/>
Must go back and claim back the MYR1.00 hahahaha.
Anyway, they are supposed to be of variety colors... 2 white, 1 white + red, 1 white + spot, 1 yellow, 1 red (i think).
Anyway, it's too early to judge as it takes months for the babies to fully grown & flowering... I hope they will at least bloom once... hahaha.

In that space with the orchid, I have 2 ylang-ylang, 1 Jasmine & 1 "ye lai siang" (the climber with yellow flower).

Jacob
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

hello jacob

my baby phals were sold at rm5 each too.. butof coz its not me if i doen bargain down the price,.. since its 4 pcs for rm20.. iasked if can be 5 pots insted for the same price.. so it comes to rm4 per pot instead of rm5

they grow slow, but as long as they grow.. i stuck my phals on my frangipani, mango, my palm trees, my henna tree and soon will be on my neem tree too.. lol.. they just seem to grow better on a live host. i think one of my cattleya orchids that i stick to the mango tree is going to bloom. they didnt do anything much while potted, see.. hence my conclusion..

pls keep us updated on ur newly purchased plants..
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:54 PM

Very impressive landscapes with various type of plants!
Penang's land is so scare and most of going vertical now (highrise condominium)
Its good to have a garden by your own!
Hope to see more updates on the plants ... :)/>
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:29 AM

View PostJacob, on 08 August 2012 - 11:27 AM, said:



Bought myself an herb called stevia... interesting herb.
It is a remedy for diabetic folks who yearns for sugar coz the whole plant is sweet.
It is amazing, just munching a piece of the leave; you can taste sweetness immediately.
It tastes like sugar sweet... just amazing..

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Oh goodness Jacob, you grow stevia! I'm envious. I guess people in Singapore are not yet familiar with this plant since the powder form is banned by the SG authorities following the US FDA "regulations". For those not in the know, it is a very healthy sugar substitute that's extremely low in calories said to be 300 times sweeter than sugar. Unlike other sweeteners like Equal/Aspertame which are chemically synthesised, this one is truly natural. It is a bit of an open secret that a major reason why FDA has not approved this natural product as compared to the chemical ones is because the artificial sweetener industry has a really strong lobby group and influence (google it). Doesn't help that since this plant is natural, it cannot be patented so no money-grabbing companies can claim it for itself.

That said, this product is widely available in Australia where I discovered it. I virtually stopped using sugar and started using stevia in it's place when I was living there. Had to switch back to sugar here of course, but otherwise, it is available in the EU, NZ, Canada and even Malaysian supermarkets. One teaspoon of stevia (8 calories) can substitute for 2 tablespoons of sugar worth 100 calories.

Okay, I gushed too much about it already. Great find Jacob and what a wonderful garden you have! I would love to grow this herb in my parents' JB plot if only I know where to find it there.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:38 AM

Saw Stevia at Worldfarm abt 3 weeks back.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:00 PM

View Postlavendergarden, on 17 September 2012 - 04:38 AM, said:

Saw Stevia at Worldfarm abt 3 weeks back.


Serious? I was thinking of going today. Maybe they ban the processed stuff and ignore the actual plants hehe. I'll try mixing a few leaves with tea and see how it goes. :D/>
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:42 PM

Think best you ring them to check if they still have it before heading down. Anyway from what I know Stevia sweetner is not banned from the US. You can order from this website.

http://www.iherb.com...CFRFt6wodAFwAjQ
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

View Postfalterego, on 17 September 2012 - 12:29 AM, said:

Oh goodness Jacob, you grow stevia! I'm envious. I guess people in Singapore are not yet familiar with this plant since the powder form is banned by the SG authorities following the US FDA "regulations". For those not in the know, it is a very healthy sugar substitute that's extremely low in calories said to be 300 times sweeter than sugar. Unlike other sweeteners like Equal/Aspertame which are chemically synthesised, this one is truly natural. It is a bit of an open secret that a major reason why FDA has not approved this natural product as compared to the chemical ones is because the artificial sweetener industry has a really strong lobby group and influence (google it). Doesn't help that since this plant is natural, it cannot be patented so no money-grabbing companies can claim it for itself.

That said, this product is widely available in Australia where I discovered it. I virtually stopped using sugar and started using stevia in it's place when I was living there. Had to switch back to sugar here of course, but otherwise, it is available in the EU, NZ, Canada and even Malaysian supermarkets. One teaspoon of stevia (8 calories) can substitute for 2 tablespoons of sugar worth 100 calories.

Okay, I gushed too much about it already. Great find Jacob and what a wonderful garden you have! I would love to grow this herb in my parents' JB plot if only I know where to find it there.


Hi Falterego,

Sorry didn't respond to your post any sooner.
Was busy sulking in my crisis, hence didn't log in for ages.

I hope you find the "stevia" plants.
My stevia was left alone on the planter box for awhile & pruned it a couple of months back.
It's still surviving (i guess) but really running out of space to grow more of them in my garden; so I just left it be. (sorry to say so).

Nothing much happening in my garden as of now; just a lot of pruning & clearing old leaves from the heliconia & calathea's leaves.

Added an orchid rack to start my orchid.
They are growing rather slow.... a bit impatient already... hahaha
Anyway, will post some pics of my orchid rack in later days.

cheers, Jacob
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

Hi all,

As promised; my latest addition to my garden, an orchid rack.
It's a simple DIY rack (2' x 5' x 6' H).
I had my grape vine at one end of the rack so that the vine will go on top of the rack & provide more shades to the orchid (even though I already put on shade on top of the rack). The vine is growing well, just recently I had to add on wires for it to continue to climb... if this turned out as planned; it would be lovely.

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Inside the rack, I have my (golden shower)oncidium on the left side of the rack, 3 (purple, yellow, white)different colors dendrobium growing on the right hand side. I have a few different color wanda (i think that's what they are called) growing in the center part of the rack. Not my favorite but I love the red color & bought the rest to keep it company.
You will see some orchid on woods on the right hand side too; those are wild white orchid (I think it's called white dove) which I plucked from an old tree in Georgetown.

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In the center of the rack; I made a moss plague to grow some moth phals babies that I bought earlier.
They came in the a bottle & it's a mixture of hibrids; so I won't know what to get until they bloom. They are mounted there for almost 2 months or more (since Nov or Oct).
Are they growing well?? Any expert to comment??? Love to get some feedback.

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A few more this and that on the rack... (dont know their name yet).

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I think that's all on the update.

Jacob
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

What are things to be remembered before planting herbs???
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:22 AM

View Posteircsmith, on 30 January 2013 - 03:11 PM, said:

What are things to be remembered before planting herbs???


Hi Eirsmith,

I'm no guru in planting herbs yet.
However, my experience told me Rosemary can't take too much water.
I've Thai basil, lemon grass, lemon basil, mint which is quite hardy & easy to grow.
Others, I've not try yet.
I'm trying to get Serai Wangi which my neighbour has a small clump; waiting for it to grow bigger; then I will ask for some roots to grow in my garden.

Good luck with your gardening.

Jacob
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

New addition to my garden.

Lantana, fruit trees (jambu air, ciku, soursop-dead), water lilies (white & purple), repot my lotus into bigger place.
Kerak nasi (nice fragrant), sleeping pine (for chinese new year deco).

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 01:38 PM

I'm back after 3 years (LOL); didn't go anyway but just busy with other stuffs in life and put aside this forum for awhile.

Added a few things into my garden over the years; not much of new plants but do it differently.

Vertical garden (right pillar) as I was running out of space.
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Vertical garden (left pillar)
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New plant in my garden (cat tail).

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:00 PM

Welcome back. Always good to look at plants. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 22 June 2016 - 10:01 AM

Hi Jacob, how do you grow your corns and what sort of soil is ideal? Were you able to enjoy the corns you harvested? Bridgehouse
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 02:42 PM

View Postbridgehouse, on 22 June 2016 - 10:01 AM, said:

Hi Jacob, how do you grow your corns and what sort of soil is ideal? Were you able to enjoy the corns you harvested? Bridgehouse


Bridgehous,

I'm no expert in corn but this is an easy plant to grow.
Hence I tried once; never repeated it.

I grew my corn using a mixture of clay & burnt soil/ compost.
Clay soil can retain more moisture and hold the plant better but it also needs good drainage; so a mix of burnt/ compost helps.
Corn plant requires a lot of fertilizer.

As for the fruit, I have a few corns to eat but not as fulfilling as some cobs will have less corn.
My mistake is I grew my corns in 2 single rows & around 9" - 1' apart & it's might not be tat sufficient for the germination to take place.
Also, if possible all plants should be growing at the same rate (same height & flowering almost the same time).
Hence I would recommend if u can grow them in 4 x 4 & plant distance around 4"- 6" apart so that chances of germination can be higher & u get a fuller cob especially those in the center part.

Just my 2 cents worth.
If there's any expert in corn planting, pls share.
Love to learn something new about this plant.

PS: where r u located?

Jacob
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