Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I'm sure you are all well aware that the only "gardening" I do at home is with my single tree. It is held up in a 15 gallon plastic pot in potting soil. I try to take good care of my fancy little Navel Orange tree. Bu as things go I went a little overboard and added some stuff to the soil that I should not have. (mainly coffee grounds, the ph of coffee is anywhere from 5.9-6.2 MOST citrus like about 6.5-6.8 ph) This lowered the soil PH to a point that rendered the iron in the soil to be inaccessible to my favorite little tree. Thus it could not produce the needed chloroplast to produce healthy GREEN leaves. In a previous blog I showed pictures of what the leaves looked like when I first started to try and fix the problem. to compare those pictures click Orange Tree Trouble 1   .

My tree is doing much better then before. The leaves are getting darker, and it's even putting out flowers, which with any luck will turn into my first years orange crop! click the link to my other blog post to compare the leaves from 1.5 weeks ago to now.



All I did was run water through the soil for a good 2 hours. This washed the soil and leached out all the extra coffee and anything else that might have been effecting my tree. THEN as an extra precaution I added some Liquinox
This Stuff is liquid Iron/Zinc . It's in a form that is easily accessible to plant, and tastes great!(not for human consumption) . All you do is pour 4 TBS into 1 GAL of water, and pour onto the soil which contains your plant. then water in thoroughly.
So, tune in next time to see the update on either my tree, or how the full on garden at my sisters house is doing.
As Always, Thx for the readz guys!

34 comments:

  1. nice. I need to get myself a soil tester for PH. I've never done that yet.

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  2. Smart! How much did it cost?

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  3. oh my goodness, that tree looks fantastic

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  4. D'aw it's growing right up. Eheh.

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  5. Cool looking plants keep the pics coming

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  6. the tree looks great. i cant wait until i can start growing some of my own food.

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  7. OH DOES PLANTS LOOK REALLY HOT

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  8. You can teach me a lot. Time for me to put my sis to shame when it comes to maintaining our poor indoor plants! :) thx

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  9. Liquinox? Sounds like you know how to keep them healthy

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  10. It's going to grow into a mighty fine tree. It just takes a seed and you're in for a journey! I should try growing my own tree :D

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  11. looks great! that tree will be big.

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  12. I'm jealous, your tree is so cool. Can I grow this in the midwest?

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  13. Oh nice! Good to keep track of your plant's pH.

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  14. great post, where did you get the iquid Iron/Zinc?

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  15. will have to try it, got some plants looking abit down.

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  16. This post makes me want to get in my own garden! ;D

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  17. just took up all the grass in my yard. I don't use anything but 100% biodegradable or natural things.

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  18. Nice. I'm jealous. I can't say much for my own gardening talent, but my mom has the green thumb. She can touch anything and it will come to life.

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  19. It's visible that the plant is doing better.. hehe feed it iron and zinc, ill remember that, thy

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  20. very cool blog it is very interesting

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  21. not big on gardening but i do like the pics =D

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  22. My parents tried to grow an orange tree... it didn't work out

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  23. Thats a really healthy plant! Great job

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  24. that stuff really boosts the grow

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