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Posted 03 March 2016 - 04:58 PM

This is my journal to track my herb growing adventure.

Bought some rosemary from NTUC to make grill garlic rosemary oyster sauce chicken. It was yummy. Cost me only less than 2 bucks for the rosemary.
Managed to cut some small cuttings from new growth, and left 2 in a cup of water and the others planted in soil.
They all manage to root and are now growing.

This is a very quick way to grow rosemary, much faster than from seeds, you all should try this, and rosemary with garlic taste wonderful on any grill.
This rosemary variety is much more fragrant compared to the those in the nursery.

For the soil medium mixture, I use 50% volcanic soil and 50% Indonesian burnt earth for a very draining mix. After the rosemary and thyme have rooted, I will top some eggshells and compost on top. Didn't want to add that earlier because these organic material can cause disease on unrooted and weak cuttings.

This is volcanic soil. Get the 15kg bag, more economical. Very gritty, very good for cactus, herbs, and chilli and nearly all plants.
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Bought on 4th August 2015
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Rooted: 28th August 2015
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8th Oct 2015
Rosemary in hydroponic setup
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Rosemary in soil
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16th Dec 2015
Rosemary are all transplanted in soil. They don't seem to develop robust roots system in hydroponic solution.
Many are topped, and some leaves are plucked for cooking.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/71834_473849959453605_2159459850111401674_n_zpsxatqqohh.jpg

3rd Mar 2016
Retained 4 rosemary plants, growing slightly bushier already, and still smell as good as when I first got them.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0912_zpsjlnfw1c4.jpg

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 05:32 PM

You just use plain water?
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Posted 03 March 2016 - 07:10 PM

View PostGreyfingers, on 03 March 2016 - 05:32 PM, said:

You just use plain water?

Yeah, tap water for initial rooting
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Posted 04 March 2016 - 07:47 AM

Haha your chicken fusion dish sounds delicious.

What are the crushed eggshells for?

By the way, assuming rosemary grows similarly to lavender, each time you stress out the plant by letting it wilt from drying up/over water and making soil too wet, the base of the stem will start turning grayish black. The more times you do, the higher the grayish black will creep up the stem. Texture of the stem doesn't change to woody. Did your cutting with that grayish black stem managed to root in soil? I see the left one in the 16 Dec 2015 picture having the symptom.
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Posted 04 March 2016 - 09:22 AM

View Postlazearus, on 04 March 2016 - 07:47 AM, said:

Haha your chicken fusion dish sounds delicious.

What are the crushed eggshells for?

By the way, assuming rosemary grows similarly to lavender, each time you stress out the plant by letting it wilt from drying up/over water and making soil too wet, the base of the stem will start turning grayish black. The more times you do, the higher the grayish black will creep up the stem. Texture of the stem doesn't change to woody. Did your cutting with that grayish black stem managed to root in soil? I see the left one in the 16 Dec 2015 picture having the symptom.


There was one time I added crushed eggshells to all my soil plants, because I was using lots of eggs for cooking. They provide calcium for the soil.
The blackening of stems is caused by overwatering, rather than due to the drying out. Luckily they didn't die on me.
Only young green stems will root. Brown stems and blacken stems don't root well.
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Posted 04 March 2016 - 10:12 AM

View Poststhh, on 04 March 2016 - 09:22 AM, said:

There was one time I added crushed eggshells to all my soil plants, because I was using lots of eggs for cooking. They provide calcium for the soil.
The blackening of stems is caused by overwatering, rather than due to the drying out. Luckily they didn't die on me.
Only young green stems will root. Brown stems and blacken stems don't root well.


Haha yeah, mainly due to overwatering, but watering it after it is partially withered out will also cause it.

Okay, it is in line with what I observed. Brown/blackened stem don't root well. Funny thing is, they can still produce side-shoots. I'll go back tonight after work to double confirm on this. I remember seeing my lavender doing it last week.
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Posted 04 March 2016 - 10:19 AM

Anyway, I just found out that this livewell brand is from Malaysia

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 06:21 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I Am going to try it out
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Posted 29 April 2016 - 11:19 AM

Growing more rosemary from cuttings to try out flavours from different grocery brand, and also because I have been harvesting too much from my poor rosemary, and they don't have a chance to grow bigger. So far, all the 4 or 5 different grocery brands of rosemary I tried all managed to root.
Now I have 8 pots of rosemary with 2 to 4 plants per pot.

The original 2 pots with 2 plants each livewell brand rosemary, grown since 4th Aug 2015.
Still so short, because I harvest eat harvest eat. Then I decide to get more rosemary and leave these 2 pots alone.
Very likely to repot each plant to their individual pot soon.
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These 2 pots are rooted since 10 March 2016. They are from Cold Storage house brand cuttings.
Didn't take picture of the packaging, but should be similar to the thyme cuttings that I got.
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Posted 29 April 2016 - 11:20 AM

Then on 15 March 2016, got 2 more different rosemary from NTUC. 1 is from livewell brand again, the other from Oh Chin Huat brand.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0985_zps1cahvmd4.jpg
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0988_zps2roblyci.jpg
29th Apr. They are now in 2 pots.
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On 1st April 2016, I chance upon this Indonesian Highland brand in NTUC. So I got it to root in 2 pots also. There is a spider living in one of the pot.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH1145_zpslpa77ppl.jpg
29th Apr. They are now in 2 pots.
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Posted 29 April 2016 - 11:26 AM

This is how I water my rosemary and thyme, very deeply.

Entire pot is submersed in a basin of water. Then pot is lifted to drain. If water does not completely drain in less than 1 min, your medium is too dense for rosemary or thyme. Time to add some grit.

If your water does not soak deep into the soil, the roots of the plants will stay close to the surface, and if so, you cannot skip watering your plants every couple days, which also increases humidity, which is a killer for rosemary and lavenders here in SG.

Deep watering helps plants to establish better roots, and watering will be required only once a week, or twice a week when it gets hot. For suspected fungal infection, or for aeration of soil, you can add a little hydrogen peroxide.

It is also convenient to add liquid fertiliser once in a while, and deep watering will also means no salt buildup in the medium.

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 11:56 AM

Thyme cuttings bought on 10 March 2016 from Cold Storage to make roast pork.
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I sticked them in a well draining medium and watered once very deeply. They started to root. Those that I try to root in water stay fresh, but roots didn't appear. Eventually, those in water rotted away.
Out of the 2 pots, one pot eventually rot away due to lack of sun and too much water.
Cold storage thyme on 10 March
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17th March
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29th March
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5th Apr
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29th Apr
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Posted 29 April 2016 - 12:06 PM

Bought these Indonesian Highland brand small leaves thyme from NTUC to try. They are more pungent than the cold storage ones.
Growing 2 pots of them.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH1144_zpsuopcwzs6.jpg
7th Apr
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24th Apr
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29th Apr
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Posted 29 April 2016 - 12:15 PM

Bought Oregano on 15th March 2016 to make garlic herb bread toast. They are Oh Chin Huat brand, and came in pot of perlite. I had to quickly repot them in well draining medium. Some of the leaves have whiteflies. :(/>
Plucked lots of lower bigger leaves to make toast.

29th March.
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24th Apr
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29th Apr
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Posted 29 April 2016 - 12:23 PM

Heard that mint cures headache, so bought some mint cuttings from NTUC to try. They are Oh Chin Huat brand. Rooted them in water, and potted in soil. These grow like wildfire. Also bought some Lemon Balm from Oh Chin Huat brand that came in a pot of perlite. Quickly repotted the lemon balm in soil. Lemon balms makes better honey drink. Have been harvesting them regulary for honey drinks.
1st Apr
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5th Apr
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Mint on 29th Apr
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Lemon Balm on 29th Apr
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Posted 29 April 2016 - 12:31 PM

Sweet basil, took cuttings from my old plant that is growing crazy.
Cuttings took on 15nd March to root in water and then to grow via wicking system.
22nd March
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29th March
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19th Apr
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29th Apr
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