Tea tree | Terrarium

I don’t know what my brother did, but here’s what my once-healthy tea tree looks like now. The roots aren’t drawing the hydroponics solution up any longer.

All four plants exhibited the same symptoms and all died.



On a slightly fun-er note, I made two terrariums. I hope the plants won’t rot and die or something.

Step One

Fill the bottom of the bottle with gravel to facilitate drainage.

Step Two

Add charcoal to help absorb impurities and poison(???).

Step Three

Add a layer of long-fiber sphagnum moss and a green netting over to prevent the potting mix (peat moss, in this case) from settling down too deeply.

Finished Products?

I sure hope they don’t die/rot on me! I’ve left the covers off to regulate the moisture in the jars now. So…


Tea tree

It might be premature to say this, but I think my long-grown tea tree plants are dying/almost dead.

Fucking pissed. Just five days away of being on a trip and leaving clear instructions to my brother, and this happens.

Followed my instructions my ass.

And my dad too.

I hate this bloody house.

Heat germination of seeds – tea tree

Two more just put out tiny sprouts. So it’s eight days and nine days…

Heat germination of seeds – 4th update

Four tea tree seedlings finally germinated today.

Since I did the heating and warming, and sowed the seeds on 25th September, that’s…EIGHT days these took to germinate.


24 February to 7 March. That’s about ELEVEN days for my first ever batch of tea tree seeds to sprout.

So, I guess that the heat did help germination by a little bit. It’d take more trials to verify this.

Heat germination of seeds – update

I think I cooked my seeds the first round. Heh. I capped the lid on totally, and after heating the seeds up, I find that the paper wrapping them was soaked through with water (presumably from the seeds).

It’s been three days and the first batch hasn’t germinated. I’m treating them as a 50/50 chance thing now.

Started a second batch today. I left the lids on the tins slightly open and the papers remained dry. Checked on the temperature and it feels warm instead of hot.

Let’s see if this second batch succeeds. Used the same seeds – tea tree and German chamomile.

Heat germination of seeds

I need to give Sandi credit for sharing her method with me. This is my first time testing out heat germination, and I offer a very simple pictorial guide to it.

Stuff you need:
1. Aromatherapy burner
2. Tealight candles
3. Small pieces of paper – to hold extremely fine seeds. If your seeds are larger, you can skip this item
4. Vermiculite
5. Small metal tins to hold the vermiculite and seeds

All the items needed.

Fill the tins with some vermiculite.

Place the very fine seeds on paper so you can use them easily later.

Fold the pieces of paper carefully and place them into the tins, and then cover them up.

Light the candle up, and put the tin on top.

That’s about all.

Sandi reported extremely fast germination rates for seeds warmed up by heat. Sometimes, as fast as overnight. The vermiculite acts as a buffer of sorts so that the seeds aren’t cooked.

I’ve prepared my typical semi-hydroponics set-up for these seeds, and am trying this out with the tea tree and chamomile seeds. Will report progress hopefully as soon as tomorrow.

Do note that for really easy-to-germinate seeds such as say, basil, you don’t have to use heat to germinate them. Just surface-sow them on soil.

Tea tree: bark finally flaking? And a battle with scale insects

I went to examine my tea tree teenager plants today, and was horrified to find them infested with baby scale insects (these plants were NEVER exposed to other plants; I grew them from start to now in my room). Anything I grow from seed starts in my room, so they don’t come into contact with plants from the garden. When I pried the scales away, I realized that ALL the scales were dead. Score for tea tree’s antibacterial properties! (I think)

The bark has also started to flake, and it’s quite cute to see. The tea tree is a member of a group of trees called the paperbark, I believe. Famous for having flaking bark. At least, I hope it’s flaking bark and not a disease…

I’ve been finding these droplets of liquid randomly all over the leaves. I suspect it’s the plant’s oil of some sort…

And oh, a Googled image of an adult tea tree’s bark:

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