The Philippines is blessed with a very high biodiversity, including the plants living in its remaining forest cover. Trees alone comprise about 3500 species. Just to research on a species a day would take about 10 years to finish all of just the trees. Then there are still the shrubs, herbs, ferns etc. Through this blog we hope to introduce you to some important plants in the forest before they completely disappear because of habitat destruction.
Monday, March 11, 2013
My New Flowering Favorite
The yellow flowers are the same diameter as a tennis ball
I needed to transfer my Sibuyan katmon or Dillenia sibuyanensis into a bigger pot. It was growing too tall for the 12 inch diameter clay pot it was in so I got it replanted in a 16 inch plastic pot. But it meant I had to also transfer it from the cramp shady part under our trellis into a more sunny spot in my garden. That was a month ago.
Today I found my katmon with open flower and 4 new buds. I was expecting the plant will regress since I placed it in a new area. But still the plant came out with blooms, seem to be liking a more sun-exposed growth. This really astounded me. The Sibuyan katmon is fast becoming my new favorite. Not only is it a flowering native but also an easy plant to grow. Hope it will be easy to propagate.
P.S. Last time the katmon flowered, it developed into a fruit and I harvested a handful of seeds. The seeds germinated to 3 seedlings. Looks promising!