Yearly Archives: 2013

Update on Kenanga/Ylang Ylang

Since the akar dani plant take over most of the space nearby my kenanga plant, I sometimes forget its existence.

Last month I noticed there were new blooms coming out from the ylang ylang. I quickly snapped some pictures. The first bloom is usually in green then after a few days the flower will turn to yellow and smell really fragrant.

I’m still not sure what’s the best way to propagate my ylang ylang plant. Will have to do more research and take some risk to experiment.

Aromatic Thai Basil

There are many types of basil, but this particular one is known as Thai basil or Ocimum basilicum ssp.

A friend gave me the plant several months ago. I’ve seen the leaves being used in Thai dishes but never like the taste and the smell of it.

Thai basil has purple stems and flowers and spear-like leaves. Since it is a tropical plant, it should be placed in a spot receiving at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

From what I read, propagation can be done by sowing seeds and stem cuttings. Perhaps in days to come I will let the flowers dry and see whether there’s any seed to harvest.

However if you are into harvesting the leaves for cooking ingredient, you shouldn’t let the basil flower. Pinch the flower when it appears and trim the tip to make it bushy.

Thai basil is also a good companion plant if you are planting other type of vegetables. The strong aroma could help repel pests.

Update On Labu Manis (Pumpkin)

After 12 days of sowing the seed of labu manis which I bought at pasar malam for the purpose of cooking sayur air, this is how the leaves look like, very green and healthy.

But check out 3 days later, a bad and evil grasshopper (as reported by Mr Hubby) has been eating the leaves. My son said, bad grasshopper, bad grasshopper..haha!

I am yet to see the large grasshopper in person every time I go out and water the plants. I hope it won’t continue digesting all the leaves as I plan to pick the young shoot of labu manis (pucuk labu) to cook masak lemak.

East Indian Rosebay – Bunga Susun Kelapa

When I bought this flowering plant at Floria many years ago, the seller told me that the Malay name is bunga susun kelapa. That time my main intention is to have as many scented tropical plants in my garden like kesidang, kemuning and bunga cina.

Over the years, the plant has been growing well, budding a lot but failed to bloom.

Recently after I have moved it to a different spot in my limited yard, I noticed the buds start to bloom.

The scientific name for bunga susun kelapa is Ervatamia coronaria. It is known as East Indian Rosebay, one of Indian herbs. Check more info here: East Indian Bay, Indian Herbs.

I think I will try to propagate it by cuttings soon just in case it decides to die on me like my gardenia plant.

Edible Gardening

I have decided to stop planting flowering plants and try edible gardening.

About 2 weeks ago, I bought labu manis or pumpkin from the nearby pasar malam to be cooked sayur air. Since I have to remove the seeds, I thought why not try to plant them in soil. After all I have so many empty pots after the roses decided to die on me 4 months ago..huhu!

Look what I found after 5 days. Never thought the seeds will sprout so soon since I’ve read that they usually take around 7-10 days to sprout.

Then I decided to plant the seeds of sawi bought from tanamsendiri.com in February 2013.

Look what I found after 2 days.

I just hope most of the sprouts will continue to grow. I can’t wait to cook sayur sawi tanam sendiri..haha!

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