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Just bought the supplies, coco peat, vermi culture, seeding tray and some seeds

Just bought the supplies, seeding tray, coco peat 3 blocks, vermi culture, seeds, Boom flower, insectiside

 

Some plants as well,

Someone please help ID this grassy plant. 

 

Lemon grass roots emerging from the stalks soaked in water for 4-5 days.

 

Japanese Maple bought from the seed shop, transplanted and donno what happened it just wilted away. Someone suggested this is going through transplant shock, but I wonder if something else is wrong with it. 

Zinnia seeds wrt a POLO 🙂

 

Seeding tray with coco peat and zinnia and balsam seeds in them.

Covered with plastic sheet to retain moisture, this is where I was wrong. if you see, the medium is almost till the rim of the seed cup, so as soon as the seedling would grow it would start touching the plastic sheet and if sheet not removed, it would die of damp off. This happened to 3 seedlings. 

This is some flowering plant, donno the name, someone gave it to me. This is the first time it has survived this long. Finally some true leaves out. 

 

My pride, my lemongrass, any tips to make it healthier would be welcome. 

This is the other one which won't grow as happily as the first one. Any clues? It isn't dying but isn't very happy either. 

Newest lot of lemongrass planted. Straight after it developed some roots in water, to coco peat. 

 

Look how its growing from the stalk and believe it or not, this growth is in 1 week from putting it in the container 🙂

Curry leaves, can someone help me with why isn't it growing better than this?

Some more zinnia and Hybrid Marigold waiting for germination. 

Finally some success.

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Good job documenting the progress. Nice pics.

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Hi Snorkel4u,

 

Appreciate your passion and documenting as well.

 

Here comes the answers.

The grassy plant is Kochia.

The seeds next to Polo.. Its not zinnia seed.  And that some flowering plant with a true leaf looks like water melon.

 

Nice work and keep posting.

Happy gardening

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Hi GG 

thanks for correcting me. True, they are double balsam seeds, Not Zinnia. Zinnia are the flattened ones. Thanks for IDing the other plants. 

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Hi Snorkel4u,

 

For the Curry Leaves, I think it requires little more space and hence a bigger pot would have helped. Secondly, what I have noticed is that when the top soil is covered with some kind of organic waste, the plants grow well. I presume that you would have kept the pot with the curry Leaves plant in direct sunlight. Try adding some veggie peals, coconut husk (or fibre), dried leaves on top soil. This would stop heavy drying of the top soil and retains the moisture when the plant is exposed to direct sunlight. This they call mulching.

 

Secondly, when you continue to water the plants with these organic waste, in due course, microbial actions also might take place, thereby decomposing them. But please be careful that fungus is not formed by the decay.

 

I did the same with most of my plants and it worked well. 

 

Please correct me if I am wrong.

 

Jay

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snorkel4u,

 

Good work. Thanks for sharing the pics.

 

Best

Biju

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Thanks Biju and jay. 

 

Jay – yes, these are kept in direct sunlight. Just last sunday I took out the entire plant and repotted it this time in coco peat and compost and cow dung manure mix. Still waiting to see any results. I can recollect when I got these plants they were small, they grew a few branches and then just shunted there. No new leaves or branches have come since. 

 

Coming to talk of that, I am sure I am doing something not correctly,or is it the weather? If you see in the picture above I have sown Balsam, Zinnia, Coreopsis, Hybrid Marigold, Namdhari's Marigold, Celosia and Russian sunflower. 

Out of all these, only 3 seeds of Zinni have germinated and I could say are doing well. 2 seeds of Namdhari's Marigold and 2 seeds of Coreopsis have germinated. But I get a feeling they are growing very slowly. 

I did feed them a diluted mix of NPK 20-20-20 but haven't seen any effect so far. 

Question – Does it take weeks to see the effect or multiple watering sessions? 

I do give the seeds partial shade and enough air. They are in the balcony all night and after getting 1-2 hours of morning sunlight they are brought near the kitchen window sill where they get enough bright light. 

 

Aha – Apart from these I also planted Spinach and I got a almost 80-90% germination rate in them. I planted them in coco peat with a soil base. Now the seedlings are 3-4 inches long. Some are lanky, some are sturdy. Get got NPK as well. Yet to see any true leaves in them. Will post a pic soon. 

 

Also sowed coriander seeds after splitting them in 2. Its been one week and no sprouting at all. 

Wonder what am I doing wrong here, or like I said, is it the weather? The seed store guy told me in this heat (43-44) new seeds won't germinate. Was he correct?

 

Also one more thing, when I bought the currey leaves and lemon grass they were in red soil (murram). When I was transplanting the currey leaves and also the ill-lemongrass I noticed the root ball was in HARDENED red soil. I mean, the red soil in which the roots were initially, was very very hard. Could that have been restricting the roots to grow, and hence restrict the plan to grow? I was scared of breaking the red soil, lest it may break the roots as well. So I just sprayed it with water and the outer shell became a little moist. But it was still quite hard. 

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I have the same problem with my curry leave tree. Thanks for trying the new option. I will duplicate your method when you get results.

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Snorkel4u,

 

As far as I understand, plants take only a few percentage of nutrients from soil and they take most from air and sunlight. Hence I assume that the weather and sunlight would play a great role in providing nutrients to plants.

Good to hear that the Spinach is coming up well. I have also sown the seeds yesterday.  Let me update you on the results when they sprout.

My experience with Coriander is not very encouraging, either. I too split the seeds into 2, but did not get even a single sprout. I waited for almost 2 weeks. In that place only I have sown the spinach seeds.

I have not added any NPK fertilizers to plants. Hence will not have first hand knowledge on commenting on this. I only use decayed compost to the plants. I also use Coffee Grounds (that I get free from my office vending machine).

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Pics updated in the album….

https://picasaweb.google.com/108809146524100105974/Gardening

Traverse towards the end of the album and you shall see the recent pics and sproutings. And yes – last night I saw the russian sunflower germinate, and the sapling looked very healthy. The seed itself was quite big. 

 

I planted 3 of Russian Sunflowers and all 3 of them have sprouted in various containers/ cups. You will see it in one of the pics. 

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Jay - The curry leaves get max sunlight and air. They are always kept in the balcony. Its a very thin plant and so I don't know if pruning will help. 

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Snorkel4u,

Nice Pics.I really liked Lemon Grass ,quite healthy.mine died as i watered it too much and kept it in shade.it was doing fine when under the sun,well ive learnt my lesson.where did u get this one from?i want one as its got medicinal value.

 

Happy GardeningSmile

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the bigger plant was brought from Mumbai in a pair. Only one is doing well. The other isn't. I have recently repotted it. Waiting for results. 

The new plants were made from LG stalks from INA market. You get each stock for 10 Rs. Buy the healthiest looking one. Use the leaves and the top part for Thai cooking, tea etc. And then dip the lower part in water. Within 4-5 days you will see roots developing as shown in pics. Then sow them in coco peat and you will see rampant growth. 

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Thanks Snorkel4u,

hope u r talking about INA market in Delhi.if yes then i'll go n get some LG stalks from there.

 

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Hi Shweta, 

Apologies, didnt see your question for long. Yes, I am talking about the INA Market right outside the metro station. Ask anyone for the vegetable Market. They'll guide you in through a maze of shops selling imported groceries and supplies. Go towards the end where you will see shops selling Chicken and Meat etc. Just next to it are 3-4 shops which sell lemongrass, Basil, thyme, Kaffir Lime leaves, Shiitake mushrooms, celery and what not. 

 

Ask him for the whole bunch and he will let you pick the one you want. Take the one, which has the thickest stalk. That's the healthiest one. 

 

Just found a shop's card, its called New Delhi vegetable Store - BITTU is the owner - 9811327344/ 9958164700

When you're approaching the meat shops, the first vegetable shop on your left sells at inflated prices. Don't buy from him. Diagonally across are the other shops which have the fair price. Pick from them. 

 

While you're there, do try out the other herbs they have. If you're into THAI food, buy a packet of Tom Yum Soup's mix from one of the grocery shops and buy lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves (10Rs/ packet) from the Veg shops and the mushrooms. You're sorted. Tastes divine 🙂 

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GG - 

I have some questions from you. 

Now I have the following saplings. Could you recommend how to help them grow?

1.) 4 seeds of Russian Sunflower sprouted, true leaves have begun emerging. I believe they require a lot of sun (6-8 hrs) and good amount of water? Correct? 

2.) Few seeds of Balsam and Zinnia also have sprouted, just transplanted them last night. Waiting for the true leaves to emerge. 

3.) Coreopsis has germinated too. 

4.) Planted Phlox as well, but could see a very small sapling, almost the size of a single coriander seed only. Any special care or it will grow at its own pace? 

5.) Hybrid Marigold - Waiting for true leaves. 

 

Last week I took out the entire Curry leaves plant and re potted it in coco peat + soil mix medium. It has helped the plant. I can see new shoots breaking out. Looks like finally the roots have some room to spread their legs. 

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Hi snorkel4u,

Thanks a lot for the info.yes Gardening and cooking r my new found passion.I wud definitely like to try shitake mushroom in stewed mix vegetables.so far ive always used lemon rinds or ordinary lemon leaves. though i have basil plant but keen to get other herbs .any idea if in INA market they sell origano,thyme,

rosemary & dill plants

 

Thanks

Shweta 

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Not sure about that. You might check there. They are helpful, they could try and source it for you. 

 

All the best.

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Updating with new batch of pics...after the previous batch were eaten by money's/ spoilt by over watering when I was away 🙁

https://picasaweb.google.com/108809146524100105974/Gardening

Please help with your comments. The album is less of a show off and more of help needed sorts. Your comments and answers would helP me help my plants

Happy viewing

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Suggestion :not an expert but it looked like there are 4 tomato plants( not sure if I identified it correctly) in a small pot that too with just half the pot having soil I feel for a pot that size one plant is all it can take or maybe its because I do not put any fertilizer other than cow dung or compost( from kitchen waste)

Doubt : Is it not better to transplant after the true leaf has appeared ?

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