Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Great Heat Die Off

So here's what's been going on. I have been on vacation studying for my MCAT which I just took on Friday. So Trevor has been taking care of the plants. Well Trevor went camping for 3 days and we moved all the plants from his trailer to his house. Well during those 3 days California's weather went from slightly cool, 70 to 90F, to burning hot, 100 to 110. Since they were in a window, quite a few of them have heat damage and some of them didn't survive. The strawberries are for sure dead and have to be replanted. Since the raspberries and blackberries hadn't sprouted we don't know. So for the next few weeks our concentration will be on saving our plants.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Updates: Loquats, Pears, Apples

We have good news on 2 of the plants and bad news on one of them.

I'll save the best for last so I'm starting off with the bad news, we have to redo all our apple plants. This only applies to plants, not seeds. Our Granny Smith seeds are still in the picture. One by one they just started dying. We think they might have died from a combination of root rot and fungus. Apparently living in the greenhouse was the perfect place for fungus to grow and we forgot to give them their weekly spray of fungicide.

Learning our lesson from the apples, we decided not to give the pears the greenhouse, and they are doing quite well. So far, 5 out of the 6 plants have sprouted.

2 of the 6 loquat pits have sprouted. You can also see roots at the bottom of the clear container so more to come soon. So far what I have seen from the loquats are that they are slow growers.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Growing D'anjou Pear Seeds

Two weeks ago we took our seeds out of the refrigerator and put them in room tmeperature. The pears we got are D'anjou pears. Well they are finally sprouting. We placed them in the seed tray and hopfully they will see leaves soon.