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Floral Fest 2008

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susan

Registered: December 2008
Posts: 10
December 1, 2008 5:05pm

Full Kwai Fah in this colour is very rare. Very unique.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
December 4, 2008 8:14am

Hi Susan and Kayes
You might like to know that this is the Desert Rose.[Adenium obesum] This plant is native to arid Arabia and East Africa and a member of the same family as Plumeria. It exudes a highly toxic sap.
susan

Registered: December 2008
Posts: 10
December 5, 2008 3:54pm

Yes, the sap is indeed toxic. Whenever we prune the branches, we normally do not touch the sap. What we do is just hold that particular branch and trim it. After prunning, we have to make sure the prunned branches are not expose to too much water or else they will rot. Same thing with the roots, we have to pay attention to the drainage, make sure the water is not stagnant. As for our few pots of Full Kwai Fah (more than 10 years old), we change the soil very often. It is not that difficult, just take the plant out of the pot and wash the roots with water. If the plant is difficult to remove from the pot, just break the flower pot (don't be so kedekut lah). After washing off all the soil, plant it into a new flower pot. Our part-time gardener did a very good job last year. He calculated the time to prune the branches and the flowers bloom at the right time during the whole duration of Chinese New Year. I hope he will do the same (maybe he has already started doing it) this year. Hopefully, we can have all the flowers bloom at the same time throughout the Chinese New Year. In fact, our part-time gardener takes good care of our Mandarin limes (Kum Kit) too. He makes sure we have Kum Kit when Chinese New Year comes. Smile


As for the Full Kwai Fah shown above, we do not know if they are popular here in Malaysia. The Chinese do not like white flowers...... so any guy intend to visit his parents-in-law (who are Chinese); please do not bring white flowers!! Smile



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