No expert but I love plants and am still learning. Should I get my dream water-front property (hopefully soon), I will build three sun rooms --- one surrounding the house on the second floor for mature plants and flowers; one for tropical garden; and one for nursery.謝謝。
希望你能快快如愿以償，建起你夢想中的花房！No expert but I love plants and am still learning. Should I get my dream water-front property (hopefully soon), I will build three sun rooms --- one surrounding the house on the second floor for mature plants and flowers; one for tropical garden; and one for nursery.
It just so happened that lilies are one of my favourites --- I have four peace lilies (three varieties). I like pure-origin plants, not so much hybrids.
There are several ways to propagate plants. I tried to do that with gardenia and hibiscus but failed in my first attempt --- not easy to do that with hardwood plants. But I think I have figured out a different way to go about it --- propagating on the existing plant. For many non-wood plants, simply cut and soak the clippings in water and soon, you will have rooted cuttings ready for planting. But for hard-wood plants and vines, that doesn't work out well, more often than not. I plan to propagate gardenia, hibiscus, Chinese jasmine, Madagasca jasmine and so on again in late August with my new way. For your michelia, I think it can be propagated in the same fashion.
Now onto planting and caring. Although michelia belongs to the magnolia family and magnolia can survive the harsh winter, michelia won't because of the higher hardiness requirement. If I were you, I would treat it as an indoor plant. Transplanting is the first step. 1) Get a good soil mix to start with --- 50% top soil, 25% peat moss, 10% wood chips, 15% manure, add some pine/spruce needles for acid, a few egg shells for organics, and some Shake'N Feed slow-release fertilizer; 2) Take your tree out of the planter and get rid of most soil deposit with a gardening hose; 3) Plant it in a 10-12 inch clay pot --- raise the pot so that it doesn't have to sit in water runoff but do leave some water in the dish to form mist; 4) Let water from the hose sit for a day before watering such that if is of room temperature and chemical residues are evaporated --- place a huge bucket outside to collect rainfalls would be better; 5) 2-3 hours of indirect sun, afternoon sun is preferred such that mold and fungus won't grow; 6) Don't move it around.
I just transplanted my gardenia tree yesterday. If you can take good care of gardenia, you can take care of any plant. Good luck and have fun!
我还没有选定外盆。。。我想选个高高的外盆，这样家里的狗就不会老去拽叶子了，我已经反复买了退，退了买了好几回了。 昨天买其他东西的时候，又转了一圈，没啥收获。实在不行就现在的外盆先用一下，等我找到能让我一眼看中的再换，反正换外盆不伤经动骨。我下个星期周末要出个门，应该不能来拿。我下下个周末来拿行吗？这样的话，还是和上次说好的一样，三个星期耶。I transplanted the existing jasmine some 3 wks ago and she is fully settled now. You can come over to pick her up any time you like if you enjoy watching her growing and budding. In that case, I will plant the clippings for you later on when they fully propagate and the blooms are over. With the clippings addition to the existing shrub, you will have a huge gorgeous jasmine (the clippings are cut from the vines, so you will have a shrub and vines in one pot).