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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 1, 2007
5:21 AM

Post #3560371

I'm posting this here, because it is a tropical tree, but I will probably post in the propagation forum as well, depending on what kind of responses I get. I have some seed pods from a gorgeous pink - yes pink poinciana that I want to try to grow. The last time I did this, I opened the pods, set them in boiling water, and let them sit overnight. Does anyone know of a better way - or something else I should do? With our heat and rain, I generally just put the seeds outside in a fairly protected area until they look big enough to handle the sun...again, any better suggestions? I REALLY want these to grow - so any and all help will be welcome.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 2, 2007
3:36 AM

Post #3564397

Do you have a name on this color, it is not in plant piles. Is it Delonix? They don't always set fertile seed, is the pink one you have tired before?

Check this http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/138685/index.html

Epidendrum orchids>

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 2, 2007
4:16 AM

Post #3564528

Yes, as far as I know it is a delonix...I found it on Pohnpei and just fell in love...here is a picture of momma:

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 2, 2007
9:24 AM

Post #3564817

No...I was wrong...more later.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 2, 2007
9:48 AM

Post #3564837

Caesalpinia http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/153595/index.html

Would you be so kind as to add a photo or two to Plant Piles?

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 2, 2007
10:14 AM

Post #3564858

Mine aren't nearly good enough for Plant Files! But I did add a close up of this one for the interesting color.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 2, 2007
10:54 AM

Post #3564923

I think you should add this one http://davesgarden.com/forums/fp.php?pid=3564528 The photo files are best when they show a plant in all different stages.

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 2, 2007
7:58 PM

Post #3566560

Okay, if you think so. But if I get yelled at for putting yucky pics on the PF - I'm gonna blame you!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 2, 2007
11:48 PM

Post #3567197

An OK photo is better than no photo, dear lady.

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 3, 2007
12:30 AM

Post #3567334

So...any help on the propagation techniques?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 3, 2007
12:48 AM

Post #3567396

Caesalpinia? Plant the seed in good soil, in a pot outside in some shade, water when dry. Plant out when it is 6" tall. They are one step above weeds. I have them coming up all of the place (the seed pod 'explodes' and scatters the seed when completely dry). Pick the pods when the are brown, crack them open, let the seed dry in the house, in the shade for 2 weeks and plant.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 3, 2007
1:52 AM

Post #3567659

We have a weed out here that looks similar to Caesalpinia, but as it gets taller (some are out on the lagoon wall), it is obviously different. The flowers are brownish puffballs, not pretty at all. The seed pods look very much the same though. Are you sure the "weeds" you see are this same bush?
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

June 3, 2007
3:00 AM

Post #3567952

Sheri..I would do the same as Dale...
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 3, 2007
3:28 AM

Post #3568059

Hi guys! Ecrane3 gave me this link with some pretty cool info: Check it out and tell me what you think.

[HYPERLINK@www.gardenstore-n-more.com]
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

June 3, 2007
5:30 AM

Post #3568427

It didn't link.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 3, 2007
5:47 AM

Post #3568466

Hmmmm...you are not supposed to be on the pooter anymore. I must have done something wrong. Well, if you get a chance - LATER - her link is in the propagation forum ...thread from me - you'll see it.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 3, 2007
9:01 AM

Post #3568626

www.gardenstore-n-more.com
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 3, 2007
9:08 AM

Post #3568629

Shari,

To create a hyper link just type the web address the computer that runs the site will do the rest. (no need to type hyper link or the brackets).

Don't you just 'love' Boston Fern?

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 3, 2007
9:40 PM

Post #3570394

I gotta get a pic of mine...they aren't bostons - but they grow out of the trees, the bricks, the coral, If you stand still they will grow on you! I didn't type all that...I just copied what was in the response from Ecrane3...I now know I should have done it from the site instead of from the box...words...words...I don't know all the right words...what is the individual box that our posts are in called? (probably just "box" and I am fretting correctness for no reason, right?)
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 3, 2007
11:38 PM

Post #3570816

This box is known as a post.

This is known as eye candy :-)

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2007
11:39 PM

Post #3570821

Eye candy doesn't even begin to describe it.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 3, 2007
11:43 PM

Post #3570832

I like the 'eye candy' phrase. The photo is sweet and you always want more.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2007
11:48 PM

Post #3570856

I was thinking along the lines of torture. I think you are torturing me on purpose. :~p
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 4, 2007
4:03 AM

Post #3572106

Dale, your pictures remind me of my days as a teenager. I worked at a corner flower stand, and every once in a while the owner would take me with him on a buying trip up through the flower growers just west of the Escondido area in California. Flowers as far as the eye could see...it was like the "poppy field scene" in the Wizard of Oz, but with hundreds of different types of flowers. That's probably what started me on my gardening craze in the first place.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 4, 2007
11:07 AM

Post #3572497

I love to go out to the wholesalers and spend other people's money.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 4, 2007
11:10 AM

Post #3572506

If you shoot the photo in a certain way it is hard to tell that the plants are in containers. Can you imagine how much it would cost to plant a bed this size in 4"?

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 4, 2007
10:57 PM

Post #3575227

You are soOOO lucky to be able to spend your time surrounded by such beauty! Pity the poor folks who work in a cubicle, in a room, in a building, in a cement canyon, surrounded by freeways! UGH! You've got a tough job Dale - but I guess SOMEBODY has to do it!

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

June 11, 2007
1:36 AM

Post #3600129

Shari...what is that plant you just posted a photo of in your last post?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 11, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #3600208

Crossandra http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/1337/index.html

Here's photo of the whole plant>

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 11, 2007
2:10 AM

Post #3600405

Yep, its a firecracker flower...one of my hubby's favorite flowers in our garden. He always goes out to check on it, to see how many new flowers it has each day. Dale - what is your secret????? How do you get such gorgeous full displays out of what are tiny and thin in my yard??? Please tell! My babies want to grow up big and strong like your beauties!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 11, 2007
2:23 AM

Post #3600457

One of my sales tools and one of my gardening supplies are the same, bull sh*t.

I use lots of time release fertilizer in the containers I take care of. If the pkg says 1 T I use 1/2cup.

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 11, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #3600562

And you don't burn them??? I am constantly flabbergasted by your glorious plants...so I will seriously consider your suggestion. Fertilizer or plant food. It is very difficult for me to get fertilizer. And I do everything in pots...so you think I should order some b**l s**t???
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 11, 2007
3:04 AM

Post #3600612

Time release, brand name Osmocote (I use a generic verison, cheaper). Works for me. I am a mainlander, we have lots of supplies here.

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

June 11, 2007
5:26 PM

Post #3602458

Shari...you want me to send you some????
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 11, 2007
6:44 PM

Post #3602696

Shari,

If you have access to aged manure (old, been laying around for awhile) use it liberally.

The best manure has been pushed into a pile, covered with a waterproof tarp and left alone for 4-6 months. That usually gets rid of the pathogens (weed seed, etc). If it is fresh it stinks, draws pests and is full of weed seeds. We get composted manure for $1,20 a bag, about a cubic foot. I put it down 6" deep when I can. Keeps the weeds to a minimum, retains moisture, feeds the plants and makes the earthworm population explode.

If you have to use concentrated (chemical) fertilizer, then you should apply it and cover it with some kind of mulch. That will decimate the earthworms, but, improve plant growth.

Worms are natures best tillers of the soil. Up and down thru the soil, making tunnels that air, water and nutrients flow. That is how gardening was designed to work on the planet.

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 11, 2007
8:09 PM

Post #3602951

Carol, you are just too kind! Not just yet though...maybe with my Hoya order. So, since I only garden in pots, the worm benificence doesn't do me a whole lot of good. And I don't quite get the difference between the liquid plant food and the Osmocote stuff, other than the time release...which would be better for pots?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 11, 2007
9:42 PM

Post #3603299

Osmocote is expensive, the blue stuff is for people who can mix it up and use it without forgetting. I have my best luck with osmocote, cause I am busy most of the day.

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

June 12, 2007
3:59 AM

Post #3604868

Well, we have a time release copycat out here - but I seem to have better luck with the MG copycat...but once again you have blown me away with your gorgeous pics. Guess I should start using 1/2 c of osmocote!

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