October 31, 2018 at 9:48 am #522
Hello! Gemma here and I’m proud to join the plant foster team.
I’m fostering some beautiful yellow flowered Verticordia chrysanthella.
Wiki “ Verticordia chrysanthella, commonly known as little chrysantha, is a flowering plant in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae and is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. It is a shrub with cylinder-shaped leaves and small groups of lemon-yellow to gold-coloured flowers which fade to orange, red or brown.”
In addition to my 20 pots, Graeme also gave me 9 pots that were planted a month or 2 ago.
The potting was a bit tricky, quite a few of the plant roots fell apart as planting. After speaking to Grubby feet Fi, I will try her planting method next time.
Watering by dunking in buckets of water for 15 mins at a time didn’t seem to work too well for me. Rotating the pots seemed a time consuming challenge, so I am going to try experimenting with a few different things.
I’m starting with lining the trays with plastic, then watering pot top and sides, with a small some water in the plastic lining.
If this is not a good idea, I’m open to suggestions.
Will let you know how it goes.October 31, 2018 at 10:38 am #525October 31, 2018 at 4:07 pm #532
Hiya Gemma, thanks so much for posting!
I had a great chat with Hazel Dempster yesterday and learned lots about your Verticordia… I’m going to start a new ‘Plant Foster Project’ page on the Wiki and have links to each Plant Foster Parent(/Carer/Grower!) on there ie you’ll have your own page and perhaps that’s then the place that we record information and have pics etc and use the Forum more for chat/ sharing ideas etc. I will let you know once I’ve created the PFP page and you can then do your own page if you like?? I’ll email you with the info I learned from Hazel & you could perhaps include some/ all of this…
Love your ideas about watering… curious to understand more… What didn’t work about the dunking in buckets of water idea?? When you talk about rotating the pots do you mean putting them one at a time into a bucket?? Can see that would be VERY time-consuming! Interested to hear how it goes with the plastic idea… in the meantime I might check in with Hazel & let you know her thoughts…November 2, 2018 at 9:48 am #533
Thanks Ros, I’m happy to make a wiki page once its set up 🙂
With watering, i found i could fit 6 in my bucket, but they seemed to lose a bit of soil each time, and also didn’t appear to be soaked through after 30 mins. and i would have to do this process 5 times, or buy more big tubs.
Keen to not have to move plants too much for watering.
The plastic lining is working very well = what doesnt get soaked up evaporates away after awhile, and plants are looking happy – even have some growth! Yay!November 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm #537
Hey Gemma, great to hear this method is working better for you. I’m sitting with Hazel at the moment and she says that she had a similar experience with the pots not pulling up the water well enough. She found that by wetting the surface of the pots it somehow worked better and the pots then seemed to be able to draw up the water they needed.
She is also suggesting that perhaps moving the rocket pots around may be causing them to lose soil so perhaps better to keep them more in one position which sounds like it’s what you’re doing now… Will be good to hear how others are going on the watering side of things… 🙂November 7, 2018 at 9:18 am #539
Gemma, great observation and I appreciate you sharing it with everyone. I’d add a couple of points, from my own experience. The soil needs to be packed in reasonably tight. I think 20 pots from the soil we give carers is too much, I think we’re better leaving the number of plants potted up to around 16. This keeps soil on hand for you to pack more in later if you do lose soil, and encourages more compaction in the pots when they are first put together.
Also, I have been surprised at how quickly the roots grow! You will find in a very short period of time (like a few weeks to a month) that the roots have already gone past the half way point in the pot, and so less water is needed in the tub to reach the plants, and this actually encourages deeper root growth as well. Once the roots are more established, they hold more soil in…kind of a chicken and egg thingy…no soil means no roots, lots of roots means keeping the soil…..
I like your idea, and will check it out when I delivery plants for the next season. One thing to remember is to allow the roots/soil to drain. Don’t be concerned if the plants dry out a little when they are more than a ew weeks old. We still have cool evenings and pleasant days, so the plants don’t mind having very little water for a bit. Hazel is constantly reminding me of this, I do tend to ‘over care’ which looks like me putting too much water on my plants !!!
We’re all learning from each other as we go, as a community we will develop ideas, techniques, understanding and expertise, so all I can say is thank you for your connection, i love that their are people in the world who care enough to make a difference by fostering and caring for our wonderful wildflowers!
Back to the garden for me, Graeme !
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