I’ve been growing Pratia pedunculata in a closed bottle for about a year now.
It’s a closed ecosystem with enough water and nutrients to last it for decades. The plant gets about 2 hours of direct sunlight and during this time it gets very humid.
A few months after closing the bottle I noticed the development of vertical stolons (rhizomes?).
Interestingly those not directly in contact with water condensation on the glass surface or parts of the plant itself started changing their form.
All stolons suspended in the moist air took up a fluffy form with what appears to be very fine hair.
At this point I’m wondering if this is some sort of moisture collection mechanism or a type of fungus attacking the plant.
They said it couldn’t be done, so I tried it anyway. I am pleased to report that the seeds I collected from my own Zoysia tenuifolia have successfully germinated. Continue reading Germinating Zoysia Tenuifolia
Cogon, Japanese Bloodgrass, Imperata Cylindrica Rubra.
Should you try this ornamental grass in your garden? No! Continue reading Bloody Cogon!
My goldfish can now swim up above the pond level and enjoy the garden views. Continue reading Garden Feature Idea: Inverted Pond
In 2015 I spotted a peculiar looking plant growing in a shady spot next to the retaining wall in my font yard. It just seemed a but more special in comparison to surrounding weeds. I decided to spare it and see what it grows into. Continue reading Cultivating “Lucky Wisp”, an Urban Isolepis
It’s winter here in Australia and my zoysia grass is flowering with patches of ripe seeds ready for harvesting. Continue reading Seed Comparison: Zoysia Tenuifolia vs Zoysia Matrella
When I had the old turf removed I refused to use roundup to kill any remaining grass, instead I plucked manually and tried to do a thorough job. Continue reading Morning Dew Helps With Old Turf Detection
Recently my Zoysia lawn started developing unsightly yellow patches. This made me worry as it happened right at the beginning of the winter here in Brisbane and we’ve had a fair bit of rain as well. The immediate suspect was of course fungus! Continue reading Zoysia Matrella and Winter Yellow Patches – Mystery Solved!
I love Zoysia matrella and I love it’s natural forming waves, particularly on a sloping site such as the one in front of my house. People slow down with their cars to look at it, sometimes stopping completely getting out and touching it, checking to see if it’s real. When they ask about mowing I say it’s a no-now lawn! Continue reading Here’s what happens when you mow overgrown Zoysia matrella
I went to Europe for 30 days and left my Zoysia tenuifolia on its own to see just how needy it really is and whether it can be left dry for extended periods of time. The grass was installed on the 15th of August and my trip was in mid-September so it had a bit of time to establish before I left. I watered it regularly. Continue reading Zoysia Tenuifolia – No Watering Experiment