Category Archives: Flowering Plants

Plumeria

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This is the first time I tried to plant plumeria after a friend gave me a few cuttings from different varieties.

So far only one type has bloomed. After searching online, I found a similar picture from mauiplumeriagardens.com.

Nebel’s Rainbow

Flowers are yellow with a deep red band on front and back. The petals are wide with rounded tips that overlap. Nebel’s Rainbow has a mild to heavy sweet scent depending on the time of year. The flowers have excellent keeping quality which makes this variety a favorite among lei makers. Flower production is heavy on strong branches.

I hope the rest of the cuttings that I have planted will bloom soon so that I can differentiate each plant.

Pereskia bleo

After a brief research I realized that this is Pereskia bleo instead of my previous post as Pereskia sacharosa. Reason being, this has bright orange flower while sacharosa is supposed to have pink flowers.

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Info taken from desert-tropicals.com:

Pereskia is a genus of about 16 species of primitive cacti originating from Mexico to Brazil. Very primitive cactus, they have leaves and are generally not considered succulent. They are deciduous shrubs, small trees, or even climbers. They are named after Nicolas Fabre de Peiresc a French botanist of the 16th century.

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Some very interesting findings was found on an article published online for Pharmacognosy magazine: Acute oral toxicity of Pereskia bleo and Pereskia grandifolia in mice.

Pereskia bleo and Pereskia grandifolia, commonly known as ‘Jarum Tujuh Bilah’ in Malaysia belong to the botanical family Cactaceae.

Pereskia bleo can be easily confused with Pereskia grandifolia because they are vegetatively similar. However, they can be easily distinguished by the leaves, flowers, and spines.

Pereskia bleo has thinner, corrugated leaves, and orangish-red flowers, with shorter spines compared to Pereskia grandifolia. In contrast, Pereskia grandifolia has thicker, uncorrugated leaves, and pink to purplish-pink flowers, with longer and lesser spines.

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My next mission is to find Pereskia grandifolia for its pink purplish flowers :)

Rouge Royale Rose

If you are planning to plant dark red rose bush with a heavy fragrance, then I would suggest this Rouge Royale.

Taken from starrosesandplants.com:

The deep burgundy red buds open to reveal perfectly quartered bright raspberry red, old-fashioned blooms. These sturdy blooms hold up well in rain and heat and have a sweet fragrance of citrus and fresh ripe berries.

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Rouge Royale is the winner of the Fragrance Award at the Rose Hills International Rose Trials in 2003.

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The plants can grow up to 4 feet tall and present flowers on long stems suitable for cutting. The flowers have up to 80 petals with a strong, berry and citrus fragrance. It is supposed to have a good disease resistance but mine does get blackspot every now and then especially when it is rainy season.

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There are many advice among rose planters to treat this rose as cut flower since it lasts better in a vase, rather than in water and scorching sun. Next time my Rouge Royale blooms I am going to cut it and put it in a vase before it opens.

Double Delight Rose

If you are looking for roses that are fragrant, have bright beautiful color, then Double Delight is a good choice to start with.

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It is a hybrid tea rose, with an outstanding bicolor, combining creamy white with strawberry red. Its parents were two hybrid tea cultivars – the red and yellow ‘Granada’ and the ivory ‘Garden Party’.

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Double Delight is bred by Swim & Ellis and introduced in 1977. This rose won All America Rose Selections Award, which is the highest honor a rose can achieve in America. In fact, it is the most complete and thorough testing program in the world.

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I would strongly suggest this rose for beginners because it is quite easy to care for. It is a shrub type but can grow up to 5 feet tall. What I love the most about Double Delight is its phototropic characteristics, which can be seen when it turned red in the sun. The big bloom starts with a nicely formed cream color with strawberry markings on the outer ring of petals as they unfold, then after a few days in the sun the whole petals will turn dark pink. The fragrance is really strong, fruity and sometimes spicy.

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However like most rose plants, its green matte foliage is susceptible to black spot and mildew.

Madagascar Jasmine – Stephanotis floribunda

When I first bought this plant, I thought it belongs to the jasmine family since it is called Madagascar Jasmine.

However later after reading a few website, I realized it is called Madagascar Jasmine because it originated from Madagascar and the flowers have nice fragrance like most of jasmine flowers.

The botanical name of this Madagascar Jasmine is Stephanotis floribunda. The common name is wax flower or bridal veil.

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Some useful info I got from houseplantsexpert.com

The Jasmine plant is commonly used for bridal bouquets and wreaths. This is because of the small white attractive blooms which match the white wedding look needed, and the stems winding around wire hoops, create a perfect wreath.

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The twining stems can grow up to 15 ft. long. The plant is non-toxic to cats and dogs. It is considered as tricky bloomers unless you can provide suitable conditions and have patience. It needs plenty of bright light during the growing season. Unlike many other vines, you shouldn’t do a lot of pruning since it won’t encourage new growth.

To propagate you can take non flowering stem cuttings with at least two nodes present.

The stephanotis can also be propagated by seed – if you are lucky enough to have the pear shaped fruit appear (containing the seeds).

For now, my Madagascar Jasmine has only bloomed once in June since I first bought it early this year. I have been trying to get it to bloom again but so far to no avail. It is a tricky bloomer, sigh!

Bunga Telang – Clitoria ternatea

I always hate climbing plants simply because my lawn doesn’t have enough space for the plants to climb. So when I got the seeds of this bunga telang, I thought just give it a try and see how well the plant can grow. I’ve tried planting several type of beans before but none ever survived even if I put some climbing device inside the pot.

Bunga telang or butterfly pea is used in Kelantanese delicacy nasi dagang to turn the white rice into blue color. Don’t ask me how to cook it because I’ve never seen the real flower until today when the one that I germinated a few months ago bloom.

It is said that if you collect enough of the blue flowers and you boil them with sugar, you can make a blue syrup drinks. And then if you squeeze some lime juice into the blue syrup, it will increase the acidity and turn the juice into pink-purple color.

For now I can only see one single flower every time it blooms. There’s also a white bunga telang which I still don’t have the seed.

Jasmine Grand Duke of Tuscany

I’ve had this Jasminum sambac ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ since last year but somehow after a month of planting it, it didn’t grow really well.

After repotting and pruning it, this year I noticed that the plant started to grow bigger.

2 weeks ago it started to bloom.

The flowers are really fragrant.

From what I read, this jasmine plant needs a strong acidic soil. So far I have tried putting coffee ground taken from Starbucks and all kind of organic fertilizers I have.

Info taken from logees.com:

Jasmine ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ (Jasminum sambac)
With a rich, heavenly fragrance, the thick 1″ fully double white blooms emerge on the tips of its upright stems. The carnation-like blooms are much revered throughout Asia where a perfumed drink is made by soaking the flower overnight in water. A slow-growing cultivar that loves a warm, sunny location.

Once my plant is getting bigger and stronger, I will try to propagate using softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings.

Hippeastrum reticulatum

This year my hippeastrum has bloomed twice. When I first planted this, I thought it is a pink lily. Later I found out that it is not a lily but amaryllis.

After researching more, I found out that what people thought as amaryllis is actually hippeastrum.

The one that I have is hippeastrum reticulatum. The flowers are pink with reticulated colors on the petals. (Reticulate means having the veins or nerves disposed like the threads of a net)

To make sure that your hippeastrum will reflower, you have to let the bulb retains its original size or gain size. If the hippeastrum has been grown for 2 or more years, offset (daughter) bulblets will be produced. If the bulbs are transferred to a larger pot with the bulblets left attached, you might get a large number of flowering bulbs and create quite a show.

One of these days I am planning to repot the plant. By separating the offsets from the main bulb when repotting into individual pots, I could have a few more pots of hippeastrum in my garden. This type of propagation will produce a flowering bulb in three to four years, which will be identical to the parent plant.

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.

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.

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