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was Pam--Maxicrop, now Maxicrop--Pam

So this is what I did. I mixed 1/2 teaspoon of Maxicrop in a gallon of water and watered one of the Hong Kong orchid tree emerging seedlings. I also watered a couple of cuttings-in-progress, and a house plant or two--any idea how difficult it can be to get rid of a gallon of fertilizer when you don't especially want to fertilize anything? Man.

One of the other things we did today was go to Ms. Fatma's school and bring home the ka-zillion potted plants she keeps in and around her room.

Most, in my opinion, were not worth the ache, strain, and pain of lifting them into the back of the truck [I did not tell her that; I'm not completely stupid]. There was, however, an exceptional Jatropha gossypifolia [common name: bellyache plant because the fruit is a major purgative] that I might plant in the ground somewhere so that it stays here during the next semester.

On Saturday, May 29, 2004, at 12:10 PM, "" <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com> wrote:

Thanks Jim - will copy mother on this so she can share it w/ her friend
Marge. I speculated that the plant might need to get a little older to
bloom (like my viburnums). Appreciate the info!

Pam Evans Kemp, TX zone 8A ----- Original Message ----- From: james singer Sent: 5/29/2004 5:24:10 AM To: gardenchat@hort.net Subject: Re: [CHAT] Pam--Maxicrop

The orange-flowered bird [Strelitzia reginae, named for Queen Victoria]
seems to bloom best in the "cool" season, when well fed, and when
crowded. It does not bloom easily when small or young. But I think
crowding is the key. Even when planted out, a big clump blooms from the
center, not from the periphery. I do not have one of these myself, but
we use a lot of them in landscapes--but never in sizes smaller than 7
gallon [about the size of your mother's friend's plant]. Occasionally a
7-gallon plant will bloom, but it's not a given.

The white-flowered bird [S. nicolai, named for Tsar Nicholas] seems to
need to reach a certain age to bloom. I do have two of these, only one
of which blooms. It blooms all year, and at the moment has about 10
flowers, all above the roof line of the house.

On Friday, May 28, 2004, at 10:36 PM, ""
<gardenqueen@academicplanet.com> wrote:

Mother's friend Marge (not our Marge) has a 3 foot bird-of-paradise
plant in a pot in her sunroom. It does get to go outside when it's
really warm (July & August up there) then back to the sunroom. It gets
lots of light according to mother but it has never bloomed. Can you
think of anything special she needs to do to it to get it to bloom?


Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A

Island Jim Southwest Florida Zone 10 27.0 N, 82.4 W

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