Practical Gardening

Easy-to-do tips and guides for inexpensive and worry-free gardening

Propagation by Root Division (Rangoon Creeper)

The Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) is a very beautiful and fragrant vine that is difficult to propagate, in my experience. I've tried propagation via stem cuttings to no avail. Thus far, I've only managed to clone a Rangoon Creeper through air-layering.

My experience in air-layering or marcotting a Rangoon Creeper has had very limited success. Out of the thirty or more marcots I air-layered from the rangoon creeper atop our garden gate arch, only two rooted. Out of these two, only one was really healthy and thrived.

If only the rangoon creeper vine had fruits, I would've planted all the seeds I could get and patiently wait for some young seedlings to sprout. But alas, our rangoon creeper vine wouldn't even bear fruit.

Because it's not easy to propagate, I realize now why this vine may be difficult to find. The well-established vines being sold are oftentimes expensive.

Yesterday Today Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora)

The plant known as Yesterday Today Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora) is also known by its other common names: morning-noon-and-night, Kiss Me Quick, and Brazilian raintree. We bought our plant from a local garden show two years ago and has bloomed several times already. We chose to plant it in a pot because we didn't want it to grow too big.

And it's a good thing we did put it in a pot because we learned that it wouldn't fare too well in the extremely hot tropical sun. By potting it, we're able to move it in shadier parts of the garden as necessary.

Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) Growing in an Arch or Arbor - Part 3

In part 2 of this article, I discussed the initial growth stages of the Rangoon Creeper vine, including its first flowering. Realizing the potential for this vine to become robust and aggressive, I thought pruning to create a more compact look for the trunk of the vine to make it look tidier and looking less overpowering than the rest of the nearby plants.

In this part, I'll discuss other ways to thin out the trunk portion of the Rangoon Creeper so it becomes less invasive. As mentioned repeatedly, the Rangoon Creeper, given the right amount of sunlight and watering, will grow quickly. The vine on your arch, arbor or pergola will look like a tangled mess without the proper control of the branches.

Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) Growing in an Arch or Arbor - Part 2

In part 1 of this article, I discussed the location where the Rangoon Creeper or Chinese Honeysuckle was planted. There is full day sunlight in this location and so I expect the vine to grow quickly and yield beautiful flowers.

Because the vine has twining young shoots, I tied a piece of insulated solid strand wire from the front fence near where its planted up to the top of the garden gate arch. The wire will be used to train the Rangoon Creeper's vine and reach the garden gate arch.

Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) Growing in an Arch or Arbor

The Rangoon Creeper is an extremely spectacular vine that blooms throughout the year in tropical heat. When in full bloom, it is covered with large trusses of tri-colored flowers that are very showy and pleasantly scented. If you're planning to get a Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) plant, the first thing you need to decide is where to grow this vine.

So before you even remove the garden support stakes that came with your Rangoon Creeper vine, determine the location that will give it the most sunshine during the day. Mature Rangoon Creepers will yield the most colorful blossoms when they get full day sunlight. This is not to say that they won't flower in partial sunlight though; they will.

DIY Fruit Harvester Picker - Four Prongs

Here's a fun, easy to do DIY project that is an improvement over my previous homemade apple fruit picker tool. I call this the four-pronged fruit harvester picker. That's because instead of the usual two, this fruit picker has four prongs that are almost aligned with each other.

The four prongs of the fruit picker significantly increases the chances to catch fruit. It essentially doubles the area of the "catching area". This is especially useful when the fruits are on the higher branches and the prongs may be difficult to see behind all the upper foliage. At that height, it becomes a hit-or-miss proposition when attempting to pick fruits with a picker that only has two prongs.

Best Homemade Apple Fruit Picker Tool - Part 3

In part 2 of this article, the procedure to fabricate the catching prongs, fruit basket and how they are joined was discussed. This part discusses the creation of the apple fruit picker pole.

Because this apple fruit picker will be transported, the fruit picker pole was designed to be extendable and collapsible. Two poles of 6-foot and 5-foot lengths will be joined to create an 11-foot long apple fruit picker pole. A 2-foot long pipe will serve as a coupling to join the two poles end-to-end.

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