Potted avocado plant|Photos supplied by the writer
Q. A few months ago, I grew an avocado plant from seed in Karachi. Now it has to do with a foot high. When and how should I transplant it in the ground?
A. The best time to transplant an avocado plant in Karachi is July and August and then from November to February. Usually, avocado is not transplanted during the summer season, so spring, winter season and autumn are a much better time to move it to the ground.
Preferably, the avocado plant ought to be moved when there is not enough space left for the roots in the pot to grow, a phenomenon known as ‘root bound’. Looking at the photograph you sent out, I believe there is still adequate space in the pot for the roots to spread out. Continue with the exact same pot till the roots compact the entire container. Then shift it ideally to a larger container rather than the ground directly, due to the fact that there are high possibilities of water pockets developing, and the stagnant water around the plant might cause root rot which can eliminate the plant.
Q. I love marigold and got seeds of yellow, French, orange and white ranges of marigold. The temperature levels in Dera Ghazi Khan range from 25 ° C to 35 ° C these days. Is it time to plant the seeds yet?
A. Go ahead. This is the best time to sow marigold seeds. Delighted Gardening!
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Q. I had flowers and fruit growing in my garden but, recently, mealy bugs have destroyed everything. I have actually consistently tried all the gardening techniques I understand, but fruitless. I do not wish to use chemicals to kill them. What can be done to conserve my plants or should I give up hope?
A. You do not need to give up hope at all. When plants grow, they supply a favourable environment for other living organisms and bacteria to grow as well. When it comes to gardening, I always encourage organic solutions. A variety of organic alternatives are available, however the one I will recommend to you is to mix a number of red peppers, 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two to three garlic cloves in 2 litres of water. Drain pipes the mixture and spray the extracted option on plants. This will get rid of mealy bugs in an organic method.
Q. I brought a stem of a cash plant from my workplace a couple of weeks ago and planted it in my house. It started growing fine however, since the last couple of days, there are little leg-like white and brown outgrowths on the old and brand-new stems. What are these? Is my plant dying?
A. The pothos, also called devil’s ivy or cash plant, spreads rapidly and without much effort. The outgrowths seen in your plant’s photo are absolutely nothing but aerial roots growing on nodes. If you set up a trellis or hang a few ropes these might even stick on and assist the plant to spread further.
Aerial roots growing out of nodes on cash plant stem
Q. Can I plant dried coriander seeds, used in cooking, to grow green, leafy coriander?
A. Obviously you can. But there are marked opportunities of abnormal and poor quality development. The germination rate of the seeds is likewise likely to be imperfect with fairly weaker plants. This is because the coriander seeds being utilized in the kitchen area are typically exposed to air and sunshine at grocery shops or when packed.
On the other hand, the coriander seeds available at nurseries or seed shops are kept in air-tight, double layered coverings, which keep them away from the moisture and air. These are likewise treated with chemicals which imitate pesticides and fungicides. For this reason, the opportunities of the seeds decomposing or rotting after sowing are minimal. The growing plants, in this case, are likewise likely to be stronger, with a much better germination rate.
Please send your inquiries and e-mails to [email protected]. The author is a physician and a host for the YouTube channel ‘DocTree Gardening’ promoting organic cooking area gardening
Released in Dawn, EOS, October 16th, 2022