My Healthy Basil, Skinny & Fatty Roselle Plant

It’s been hmmm… about 4-5 months since I update my plants condition here.

Sad to say I wasn’t able to save the rosemary plant. I tried propagating it by cutting and it survived for awhile but one fine day I accidentally pulled it out (there were tiny roots even!) and then hor I lost it!!! I was pulling weeds ma since CNY was coming but somehow I lost that tiny rosemary plant. Searched high and low but it just disappeared. Sigh. Yeah that’s the most saddest thing.

As for the basil, I propagated it by cutting too and now it has grown much taller and healthier. So happy! My secret is not to bother with it, pinch some bottom leaves off (if yellowing) and water every 2-3 days or if the soil is dried.

Looking ok right? πŸ˜›

I placed both the rosemary (that died) and basil in shaded area with direct morning sun.

I also planted some Roselle seeds which I got it by drying the pods. Every one of the seeds grew but then the plant only grow taller but never wider. At most they consist of 6-8 leaves max. See for yourself below:

Left: baby Roselle plants, Right: ‘kiddo’ Roselle plant
I noticed the leaves will turn red once I put them in direct sunlight.

Last weekend, I went to Sungai Buloh again for herbs hunting. I’ll tell more in the next post. Meanwhile while searching for herbs there, I chanced upon (what else) but Roselle plants. They’re so big and healthy. My eyes were bulging out and reached the floor (like cartoon) Selling price is RM8.00. Of course I bought one home.

Here’s it is.

Are your eyes bulging out like mine now? Hehehe

Let’s make a comparison between my homegrown roselle plants and nursery bought roselle:

What a contrast!!! LOL

I was told that my skinny Roselle plant is most probably due to lack of nutrients. So yup… I’ll feed you more fertilizer baby Rosellesssss.

Newly potted Roselle. Let’s hope it’ll thrives and give me flowers!
Live long and hardy dear Roselle.

Can you see it’s flowering already?

Will update in a month or two once I reap the reward. *fingers crossed

p/s: I’m sure there are many nurseries in Sungai Buloh that sells Roselle but this is the only one which I saw (by chance) during my visit there. If you’re facing Yeap Nursery, this one is just on the left of Yeap Nursery. Not sure of the plant nursery name. Tsk I actually mistaken that nursery for Yeap Nursery when I first arrived there. I even asked them whether they sell herbs. They said sold out but they get their stock from Cameron Highlands. Just so you know.

Yeap Nursey
298 Bahagian Tengah (Central Section)
47000 Sungai Buloh
Mobile: 6012-3611 575
Note: Near to Sungai Buloh Hospital.
Thanks to My Green Finder for the address.

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  • Reply Dawn February 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Arhhh, too bad for Ms Rosemary πŸ™ But your Basil is looking good. Your Roselle plant I thought it needed more “fei liew” πŸ™‚ I like the leaves of this plant….reminds me of maple leaves.

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Just gave my Roselle some ‘few liew’. Yeah I like-y the leaves too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply keeyit February 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I have a small field which can plant something.
    I only can think of Pandan leaves.. easy to take care..

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      You should plant more stuff. πŸ™‚
      I have pandan too. 3 pots in fact. Haha

  • Reply jam February 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I am not sure whether this plant grown in my garden is roselle or not cause shape of the leaves is different. But the skin of the fruit can be used to make drink, right? Please check over here –

  • Reply Constance Ant February 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    i grow plant too! but it’s cactus and the bamboo thingy that available during cny!
    they are hardier. sometimes i forgot to water them for few days, and they are still growing strong hehe. *touchy wood*

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I’ve moved on from the ‘cactus and bamboo’ phase. Haha Thing is my cactus never survive one. Haha

  • Reply foongpc February 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    LOL! The roselle plant from the nursery and your home grown one sure have huge difference! Feed them more nutrients then : )

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Yalor sob sobbbbb πŸ™

  • Reply kaekae June 11, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Love yput blog ! I often go sg buloh for herb hunting too . Delima tani have huge herbs selevtion yoo u can check it out. Currently even lot 43 increase their prices liao , the rm 8 ones is at least 10 or 12 ady =l

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Hi Kaekae, do you have the address for Delima Tani?

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