Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Sprouts: Gotu Kola and My Tagaytay Plant

Can you guess what this is?  Of course you can.  The title gave it away.  That's a Gotu Kola sapling.  Yey!  After weeks of just doing cameos in my mango posts, something finally happened.  And I'm very glad to say that I now have first hand experience of a Gotu Kola plant spreading.  Remember, that's why I bought it:  so that it will spread and make me look like a capable gardener.  My ego says thank you. That Gotu Kola is good for gout is only an unplanned benefit.  Those light brown spots you see there are siling labuyo seeds.  Yep, I got them straight from the ref.  I hope they're easy to grow. I spread the sili flesh around the plot just in case an erring kitten decides to mess with my plants again.

Now, pictures  2 & 3 show two plants from Tagaytay.  I can't remember what they're called, but when I bought them, they had lavender flowers.  Naturally, they stopped flowering after they entered my house.  One of these days, remind me to talk about the Tagaytay Experiment.

Anyway, despite the flower drought, something good seems to be happening.  In the past days, I've given these guys some attention (pruning and spraying with my trusty soap solution).  Well, early this morning, I found that both are growing new shoots straight off the base of the plant.  If you look closely, you will see about 4-5 new shoots per plant.  That is so cool and is about the next best thing that can happen to these plants (blooming being the first and finding out the names of these plants being the third).  The pink ones are Macopa cameos. 


  1. It's almost time for me to start my seeds, can't wait for this years garden!

  2. That is a cute little sprout, where are the mango posts, we have an enormous mango tree that stopped fruiting a couple of years ago and needs some pruning. I'm sure there is a special way to do it but don't know how.

  3. Maybe it just needs some fertilizer. That's kinda like our tree over here.

    The mango posts are all around. I take so many pictures of my plant.

  4. Congratulations on your sapling! I have to admit that I am not the most green fingered person in the world simply because I am to impatient. I just stick to growing herbs simply because they sprout so quickly and you can eat them. I am actually thinking of venturing into chilli growing next, that is if ever feel brave enough!

  5. Hi Fay! Thanks for dropping by. I completely agree with the herbs principle. I'm not sure, but I think Gotu Kola is considered an herb. But yeah, herbs grow fast. Maybe I should switch to herbs too. Or maybe I should start with the lettuce since I'm already growing tomatoes. Might as well get free salad every night.


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