Thursday, May 28, 2009

She's healthy again

My Yellow hibiscus is a Survivor.

I bought her a couple of months back from one of the nurseries at Kovan. It's actually my favourite nursery there because the lady owner is so sweet and nice.

And she has been INFESTED with pests ever since I brought her home. Maybe it is her colour. I really don't know. But white flies, anphids and even for a while, red spider mites love her.

It's quite disgusting even to think about the number of pests I see on her once.. URGHH!

But strangely, this hibiscus kept on blooming and blooming, in spite of all the pests.

Now, I set out gardening trying to be green.. By that I mean I try to recycle and not use chemical pesticides.. But on my yellow hibiscus, I finally succumbed to using chemical pesticide. No amount of my organic sprays and "leaf-wiping" seemed to get rid of those pests.. And really, I get the creeps looking at her sometimes. So, I finally gave up and bought a bottle of Anti-scales.

A few weeks later, the colony of pests were gone. I cut off all her flowers and buds so that I didn't have the clean off the "corpses" of the anphids.

She's now healthy again (although I think she can be healthier if I change her pot) and today, I took a few pictures of her.

I love her bright yellow flowers and her deep red centre... and of course, the fact that she never seem to stop blooming!


Rummi said...

Ohhh, she's such a pretty lady :)

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Oh... thanks! hehe. Hopefully more of my plants turn out like her.. :) Enjoy your upcoming vacation!

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