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#1 User is offline   scallopseas 

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 03:28 PM

My very own balcony garden (albeit quite pathetic compared to the others around this forum hahaha)

Warning: Beginner at work.

Started getting into gardening since 2015, and NUMEROUS plants have been murdered by my hands.
To start things of here's a few pics of the current state of my garden.

Overview
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01791_zpsdat7nrgg.jpg

Mint Plants
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01794_zps7fjweavf.jpg
Lots of ants were getting attracted to the plant, but didnt find any aphids in them. Soaked the whole soil in hot water, hopefully killing off any ants/pests :(/>/>. Waiting to see if the mints die/flourish...

Sabah snake grass (优遁草)
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01813_zpsgq8uqnry.jpg
Said to have medicinal properties, dad wants to have them, so rooted and planted them. Easy to grow, won't attract pests apparently!

Thai Basil
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01814_zps4tjpeugh.jpg
A few weeks ago, found white maggot like pests in the soil. Apparently they were root mealy bugs. Stopped watering them for awhile and those bugs seemed to have been gone. Will closely monitor it though. Looks unhealthy though with brown and thin sparse leaves :(/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>

Roselle
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01805_zpsklcvmhmk.jpg
Mum threw a bunch of Roselle Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Chinese known as 洛神花) seeds into the same pot for fun and they begin growing furiously, not sure what to do with them haha.

Cactus(Unknown species, can help ID?)
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01808_zps8atjyrxj.jpg
Got these cactus from a friend (who has a huge one). Rooted them and has been looking the same 3 months later haha. Threw them in potting soil compost mix. Any tips?

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#2 User is offline   sthh 

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 04:05 PM

You balcony is huge, I like.
For the balcony wall, maybe you can grow some mounted plants, like a phal bellina or violacae.

Btw, if you want your pictures to show, you can follow the steps here:
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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:21 PM

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 07:59 PM

Continued:


Bell Pepper
Threw it in from a mini pepper fruit from NTUC and they begin to grow rapidly. Flowers bloomed but as of now, 1 of the buds dropped although I tried pollinating it with dry q-tips. (maybe need to wet it?) Any tips for producing pepper?
Flowers
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01806_zpswhbeu3cp.jpg
Some seeds sprouted WEEEEKS later...
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01796_zpse73czcjy.jpg
As of today. found one or two fungus gnats flying around on the top of the soil NOOOOO!
Sticky yellow stuff and mosquito attraction light seemed to be ineffective. Might need to buy a sundew plant just for getting rid of it... Forum for fungus gnats

Other plants in other locations

Corridor:
Japanese Fir
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01810_zpserbtthnf.jpg
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01811_zpsr9e1c5gr.jpg
Got it from a friend who said it was Japanese fir. Not sure exact species though.
Can help ID? Haha

Indoor:
Fittonia (Surviving for 5 months since planting in the terrarium)
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310_131532_zps8rmnno9h.jpg
Amazing that those planted inside the terrarium survived longer than those outside...

Tillandsia
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310_131559_zpsjluyvfut.jpg
The other had died and this is the surviving one. However it seems to be unhealthy although its in a well ventilated area with moderate indirect sunlight. Any tips?

Deceased:
Pandan - Reason: Root mealy bugs
Sweet Basil - Reason: Root mealy bugs
Thyme - Reason: Stagnant growth of seedlings and eventual wilt.
Spider plant - Reason: Root rot
African violet - Reason: Unknown. May be incorrect soil temperature and root rot from self-watering pot.
Selaginella Kraussiana - Reason: Soil to wet? They just died strand by strand
Ivy - Wont attach to wall and died later from unknown reason

Need advice on one more thing:
What should I do with this balcony wall? Wall is exposed to light to moderate sunlight (evening).
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r490/scallopseas/20160310-DSC01812_zpsru4fjwgg.jpg


Well that was long and thanks for reading this long post! PLEASE ADVICE on anything you want thank you very much! The more tips the better haha!
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Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:33 AM

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Posted 29 July 2016 - 01:10 PM

I came across this infographics that is useful for making your own terrarium!
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