Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Plumeria Farming – Week Two
For those of you who were here last Tuesday, you know I started my mini-farm of Plumerias and planned to document its progress each week. I also wrote that if the seeds didn't sprout I would have to find a new project to record. Well, the good news is……drum roll, please…… we have sprouts!
I planted my seeds on a Sunday and this past Sunday, as I was bringing the farm in for the night (what other farmer can do this?), I saw a speck of green and there it was — my very first seedling!
You would have thought it was Christmas morning, I was so excited. Even Sis was excited for me and I know I drive her crazy every time the garden gets new blooms and I make her come and look. Here's another pic of my first seedling after spending a day in the sun:
Well, here it is Tuesday and last night there were two more, so now there are three little seedlings.
While watering this morning, I noticed the forth poking its little head out, so the farm is officially up and running! Or up and growing I guess is the proper terminology.
Last week I also stated that I would post this week on how to make a Hawaiian lei with plumeria blossoms, but I ran into two problems. First, I can't find my lei needle and second when I walked out this morning the rain was just stopping and my flowers were soaking wet and droopy, so making a lei will be in the future.
The rain did bring something beautiful this morning though:
A rainbow in the distance peeking over my plumeria tree! I'm taking this as a good sign for the farm. What do you think?
FACT: From the Field Guide to Plumeria on Trails.com I learned, "Plumeria flowers are a royal tease. They do not produce nectar, but their hypnotizing scent tells insects otherwise. Their main pollinator, sphinx moths, will pollinate the flowers as they go from one to the other looking for the sweet nectar they think they smell. Because these flowers try to attract these specific moths, they produce a stronger scent at night, when the moths are more active. In Brazil these flowers are called Lady of the Night for this reason.
Have a wonderful week and may all of life's seeds blossom for you and may you find rainbows just outside your door!
Plumeria Farming: Week One
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