Since I never know what order my pics are gonna post in, here's some new growth photos with tags.
Big Cat Garfield pushing 3 new leaves like the champ he is.
Please shame me for not splitting up the C. Elegans yet because some of them are getting fat.
Time to celebrate by buying some C. Benzeii and more Howeas while Jungle Music has them on sale.
About a week ago I picked up a small cocos nucifera from a local plant shop here in Seattle. Last night (after some deliberation and a whiskey or two) I decided to try and turn it into a bonsai piece. This is my first ever attempt at bonsai as well as my first time growing cocos nucifera so I'm prepared for disaster lol. I just wanted to share some pics of the process with you guys and see what you think
My thinking is over the next few months the roots will grow down into the media of the bonsai pot, so when I remove the upper plastic sleeve I'll be able to remove the lava rock from underneath the coconut and have it be elevated above the soil on it's roots like stilts.
The next step will be figuring out the best way to slice down the existing leaves and prune them into what will eventually become that small curled bonsai shape. I've watched a lot of youtube tutorials on this and have an idea of how to do it, but if anyone has tips on the best way to do this I'm all ears, I'm pretty much winging it at this point so any help is appreciated!
I potted up my Lyto seedlings in as close to the Pal Meir mix as I could get. I used Monto Clay (yes, i spent too much money) and some Repti Bark at a 2:1 bark to clay ratio. I put them in 6" clay pots and was super careful with the roots because these plants were kind of expensive.....
How soon should I fertilize or add plant food? They are super tiny, one still had part of the seed attached until I popped it out of the liner pot. I have Carl Pool palm food and Alaska liquid fish fertilizer. I also have a bottle of Super Thrive. I've never opened it but I did place the unopened bottle next to a struggling houseplant and it's since recovered
I also fixed one of my rookie mistakes on the Cataractarum. I had mixed some fine "top dressing" sand in the soil - welp, the sand all clumped up and clogged all the drainage holes in the pot, so - every time i watered it, it would look normal and then all of a sudden, it flooded out the bottom of the pot. The plant has really been suffering, so I popped the saucer off the bottom, cleaned it all out, and just repotted this one in the potting soil I had on my porch. (Fox Farm Ocean Forest) My other cataractum is in the same soil (with no sand lol) and it's growing like a weed.
My project for my next day off is to split my 3 Howeas up and give them each their own 2 gal pot. Would the fir bark/super overpriced Turface be a good potting mix for them too?
Thanks for any support and advice y'all can offer me.
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The »Son of Palermo« is already 34 yr old, the T Wagner only 17:
By Pal Meir
For hybrides with Cocos nucifera or else!