Random updates – mints, lemon eu, lemon myrtle, butterwort

This post will be more of a pictorial update on some plants.

Butterwort giving out flower stalks. I’ve cut off two of them and only let one grow. It has a cute purple flower.



My lemon myrtle now.


And my lemon eucalyptus growing all the way out.


Reeeallly growing out/up.



My grapefruit mint with runners. Wow.



My variegated peppermint – wow, “worse.”


Please DON’T over fertilize your plants…


Rosemary. I can’t decide if it’s doing well, or not.


Looks okay from afar.


Sorry for the silhouetted pic – some leaves curling up; some curling down.


Everywhere.

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Grapefruit mint flowering

(Updates) Mints: a comparison

This post will be a pictorial comparison of how well (or badly) my mints have been growing for the past two to three months since April 2009.

Some new mints have been added recently. As such, those will have no comparison pictures.

(FYI: I’ve never excelled in my designing of templates or stuff. So the comparison pictures design is really rudimentary at best.)


Apple mint from Paragon


The apple mint still looks a little sad now because I’d just washed it (and all other mints) with soap suds and then rinsed it.


Basil mints


Growing like weeds. I’ve only been feeding them water and sunlight, honest. And the daily spray of diluted seaweed extract.


Chocolate mint


I love you, choc mint.


Eu de cologne mint


My original planter box of EDCs were given to my guy. Then my pot got infested with mites and died. The new one was given to me by my guy who rooted them.


Grapefruit mint


Still as weird as ever, this one.


Lavender mints


Growing VERY well. The one on the farthest left is grown in the semi-hydroponics system/water reservoir system.


(Supposed) Moroccan mint


Whoooo…


Orange mints


These two pots bounced back very well from previous RSM attacks. Now, no RSMs bother them.


Variegated peppermint


No variegation at all. But growing pretty well.


Swiss mints


Another potential weed. XD


This is the type of typical mint you can find outside anywhere, at supermarkets or markets. People think it’s spearmint, but upon further research with a fellow friend, we have come to suspect it might be tashkentmint (spelling) instead. One of its leaves is growing almost as big as two of my fingers.


(Suspected) Black peppermint


From YK. I cleared his original one of RSMs and then propagated this pot back for him late last year, I think.


Various mints


From YK too. Think there’s the Isetan apple mint, EDC mint…


Unknown mints


Exchanges with someone.


Oh Chin Huat “peppermint”


Lemon mint from MCC during gathering.


Misc.


My lemon eucalyptus now.

Of all things minty

Finally, a collation of the mint plants I have.

Apologies for some blurry pictures – I was in a rush and also, the wind interfered with the macro shots.

Edit: Moroccan mint up.


Moroccan mint

Not sure how they smell or taste like yet, but apparently it’s a really good culinary herb.


Apple mint (from Isetan)

This apple mint has a soft, velvety foliage with a slight medicinal scent mixed in with the mint scent. It has a tendency to really sprawl and be messy, so regular pruning is greatly encouraged. It roots quite easily in water. This variety has thicker stems as compared with most other mints; its stems are also fuzzy.


Apple mint (from Paragon)

A friend rooted this mint and we did an exchange of apple mints. This variety has thin purple stems with small serrated dark green leaves. It smells strongly of mint mixed with something. Very hardy. Roots terribly easily too.


Orange mint

This mint doesn’t really smell like a mint. It was a very subtle mint scent, with a heavier, muskier (earthy) scent with it.


Swiss mint

This variety has longer and more serrated leaves than most other mints I’ve seen. It smells of the mentos sweet. Harder to propagate by water, for some reason – the leaves tend to dry up even though the cuttings are left in water and in a shady place. So I’ll say it’s a 60/40 chance of rooting.


Basil mint

No idea how this one smells. The leaves in a temperate region is green on the top and a nice shade of deep purple on the bottom. But once it gets more sun, it turns fully green.


Chocolate mint

My variety of chocolate mint has one of the smallest leaves I’ve seen in mints. They’re cute. But especially prone to red spider mites attack. They smell of candycane. It’s one of my favorite mints to have. Thankfully I’ve propagated a new pot (mother pot is dying).


Leaves scarred from RSM attack.


Variegated peppermint

Small plugs. No idea how they smell yet. Think they should smell like peppermint (duh).


Lavender (pepper)mint

Hardly smells of lavender. Very subtle mint scent. Light smashes of purple on the green leaves.


Eau de cologne mint

My poor EDC mint has been so attacked I snipped them off and now it looks like this. No fear though. I can get more healthy cuttings from my guy. =) Apparently, people have commented this smells like Chanel No. 5, but I have no idea how that perfume smells like.


Grapefruit mint

I suppose I should consider it hardy. It does not take well to rooting at all, and has died back once already before miraculously reviving. However, its original pretty purplish foliage has been replaced by a rusty green.


Unidentified mint – a suspect peppermint OR black peppermint

A survivor. Neverend passed a small pot to me as a sickly, RSM-infested plant. I’ve since propagated a pot back for him (healthy plant) and it has gone through being severely leaf-burnt, to being attacked again, and all.

(Updates)

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Rocket seedling.

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My grapefruit mint has revived itself with a vengeance. Huge leaves!

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Local lettuce from Ban Lee Huat. Gotta separate them into individual pots soon.

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I love the shape of the leaves of the totem cherry tomato.

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Yet another transplant needed soon.

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Pure hydroponics kangkong leaf.

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Kangkong in their bottle of hydro solution.

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Strawberry saxifrage runner leaves.

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Butterhead lettuce seedling transferred to pure hydro solution.

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You can see the butterhead’s roots.

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Choy sum and one butterhead.

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Choy sum leaf bigger than my 2nd and 3rd fingers together.

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Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) seedlings sprouting in pure vermiculite with hydroponics solution.

The mint species – mentha spp.

The mentha species is supposedly notoriously easy to propagate. Rumors are if you just stick the cuttings in water or soil, roots should grow out in about a week.

However, it is not true with all of the mentha species. While it is easier for slightly straggly species or leggier species to root, the ones which has  thicker and slightly more waxy stems seem almost impossible to root using the traditional way, at least from my experience.

As of last count, I have about seven or eight mentha species. Amongst them, the easiest to root would probably be the eau de cologne mint, the apple mint, the pineapple mint, and the (black?) peppermint. I have tried water rooting them (works on an approximately 40% success rate, with the other 60% leading to rot from being in water too much); I have tried soil rooting (which seems the most reliable for now, or perhaps it might just be the wet weather); and air-layering, which as of now, has absolutely no success rate at all.

The slightly waxier ones like the chocolate mint, orange mint and the grapefruit mint are the most problematic ones. Especially the grapefruit mint. Propagation by cuttings in soil are almost not successful. Only using the aerial roots can any viable roots be produced in the first place.

So, I have slightly changed my method of air layering. Instead of just pinning the stalk to the soil, I’ve wounded a part of the stem slightly, smeared rooting paste on it, and then pinned the wounded part down to the soil. It ensures that the semi-cutting can still survive since it’s still attached to the parent plant, and also have a higher chance of rooting because of the rooting powder smeared onto its wound.


(Black?) peppermint.

Wednesday update

I never realized how prolific mints can become. Take, for example, the pineapple, orange, and chocolate mints. I’d brutally trimmed them back quite a bit for propagation purposes only last week, and today, I saw that they’ve grown even taller than they were before, sprawling all over the sides of the pots. Roots have also grown out of the pots, even with brutal cuttings away when repotting. I suspect I’d have to transfer all of them to much larger pots soon.

For mints, it seems like as long as they get enough sun and water, the more you trim, the more they love to bounce back and become wild.


Grapefruit mint cuttings doing well and healthy. This mint surprisingly doesn’t sprawl, preferring to be as upright as possible.


Chocolate and orange mint cuttings having rooted in water and planted in a pot.


Pineapple mint cuttings growing well also.


Basil pot – Italian Genovese Basil on the left; lemon basil on the right.


The eau de cologne mint cuttings I’m propagating for someone.


Mulberry fruits ripening quickly.


Capsicum seedling having grown about 11 leaves; its stem is thick and sturdy for its size.


My herb box – chocolate mint (another version? from a GCSer); apple mint; eau de cologne mint.


The chocolate mint from a GCSer.


Apple mint cuttings from Isetan.


Eau de cologne mint.


The chocolate mint I ordered.


Suspected peppermint/water mint/black peppermint.

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