Thursday, December 25, 2008

Strange Fungi appeared next to my Roses

by Richard Chew

About 4 days after I treated my roses with AACT (Actively Aerated Compost Tea), I noticed some strange fungii appeared on the mulch.

The following picture was taken on the 4th day, at my Yellow Rose. Some strange looking fungal sprung out from the soil in the morning. The canopy looks transparent and its gills looks like jelly fish in the sea.

On the 5th day (morning), a cluster of the same type of fungi appeared at my French Lace rose.

A closed up shot at the cluster of fungus.

And interestingly, there was another species that sprung up at the same container too.

This is one unique mushroom, I have never seen before.

This is a closed up shot.

Not very far from this fungal, I noticed a cluster of yellow-colour spores on the mulch. Could be originated from the same species.

Then on the same day, late night I noticed another species of fungus appeared at my French Lace rose.

Closed up shot.

Then the following day (6th day; morning), the jelly fish looking fungus sprung up again.

This is very interesting. It seemed it is taking turns to spring up.

The same type of fungus also appeared at my Nozomi rose.

This is good sign, that the fungus are thriving and forming a mutual relationship with the rose rhizosphere. These fungal is believed to help transport nutrients to the roots for nutrient uptake.

I captured this photo of a bug on my hydrangae. I believe it is a benefitial insect.

I noticed saps coming from the main stem of my ground cover rose. Initially I thought it was infected with some strange disease. But later learned that it is a natural way to resist pest and disease.

These are some of the strange things that happened this week.

Have a Blessed Christmas!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dealing with cholorotic Nozomi Rose - Part 3

by Richard Chew

This is continuation since my posting 2 weeks ago.

The result is very encouraging. Had quite a number of new growth.

The leaves are greener, though it was hit by continous rain, the leaves remained healthy. This is good sign.

In the next 2 weeks, I expect some bulbs to develop from these shoots.

What did I do since my last posting?

About a week ago, I added some brown mulch at the top soil and moist the soil with compost tea. It is not exactly the same compost tea that is commonly sold in nursery, this one was home-made. It is popularly known as AACT, which stands for Actively Aerated Compost Tea. I will share more about the ingredients and the process of making this tea in my future postings.

This torned leave, must have been caused by an insect or a bug. I believe it didn't taste good, therefore the leave remained (no big munch). I learned that bugs and insects usually target stressed out plant, because stressed plant produces higher amounts of amino acids thus provide better taste and flavour for insects to munch.

Putting it in another angle, healthy plants taste awful for insects. This is excellent natural insect repellant !!!

And another plus benefit is that hungry insects tends to target mites & mealy bugs especially if they can't find tasty leaves for food. In a way insects do provide some benefit though they are sometimes can be a real pest. They help control population of mites, aphids and mealy bugs.

Ooops... I am going off topic... Cut the long story short... bottom line is healthier plants keep pest away. This is indeed a very very good sign.

Ok... back to the topic.

Though it is still early to confirm my findings. I am quite encouraged by the positive signs. Considering the amount of rain that my Nozomi rose had to endure for the past few weeks, and the persisting chlorotic condition for months, I would say it is responding excellently well.

I am going to leave this plant alone and not 'tamper' with the soil for another 2 weeks. And shall examine how it progress with little 'human' intervention. The objective here is to find a 'lasting' remedy that corrects the root problem.
Just this morning I noticed some fungal mushroomed from the mulch. This is another good sign that the organism beneath the soil is actively at work!!

At this recovery rate, I believe I will see some new flower bulbs developing soon. And yes this Nozomi rose shall definitely feature in my January bloom posting!!!