Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by Izhar » July 11th, 2011, 11:49 am

A long shot early in morning:

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A volunteer from Brassica family, bees & butterflies love the tiny yellow blooms:

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by UMAR KHAN » July 11th, 2011, 6:39 pm

Extermly cared garden.very nice but Izhar add some grass it,l look more fresh.

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by Izhar » July 11th, 2011, 10:44 pm

Yes Umar you are right but with 9 to 5 job and 6 to 9 evening classes I can manage only these, grass takes too much time to water and we dont have a Mali...

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by UMAR KHAN » July 12th, 2011, 12:00 am

Izhar how u manage it without Mali.its realy a great job brother this is the real spirit of passion for plants.your Magellan,profussion,song of india,Daturas are amazing.its realy a hard job

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » July 12th, 2011, 12:14 pm

Most commendable is his knowledge of plants. Izhar what is your job and what classes?

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by Izhar » July 12th, 2011, 12:30 pm

Sir, I am a registered Pharmacist and an MBA in International marketing, working at a Pakistan based multinational herbal products manufacturing company in its International Marketing division, I just finished my Clinical Research Certificate program from Dow Medical College and currently studying for the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy in evening and weekends.. but things are accelerating smoothly alhamdulillah and I have ample time (read: fixed time slots) for gardening & fish keeping...

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by rafique » July 13th, 2011, 8:33 am

Great Izhar.
May Allah Bless you and protect u from evils.
Masha-Allah.
Keep it up.
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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by Izhar » July 13th, 2011, 10:20 am

Thank you for your kind words.

Umar, these Profusion zinnia pic are for you, one week after the initially uploaded pic:

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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by rafique » July 13th, 2011, 10:33 am

Nice plants and flowers.
i tried multiple times zinia in containers but was not successful to get good blooms.
my plants died after giving one or two blooms.Initially they germinate very well and healthy then.............
are you using drip irrigation system for watering the plants.
if yes then pl write a brief about this
thanks.
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Re: Summer Blooms 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi

Post by Izhar » July 13th, 2011, 10:54 am

Not the Drip irrigation for now, I am using a simple aluminum hose for showering the water on plants, I water them in very early morning 1 hour before going to office... I usually take pictures before watering so they appear dark due to less sunlight..

For Zinnia in pots, plant only the dwarf varieties like Magellan, Dreamland & Profusion, one plant per 6" pot, three plants for 12" pots... when the seedlings form their 4th set of leaves, pinch off the apical bud causing them to branch vigorously, during this growth cycle add granular fertilizers like DAP or NPK in small quantities say 7-10 granules per 6" pot every week.. once the blooms start forming stop the fertilizers, do remember to deadhead them i.e. remove the blooms which are on the plant for two weeks or are not looking good, other wise they will start forming seeds and the seeds will drain out the energy from the plant which is required to grow and produce more blooms... the developing seeds also initiate a negative feedback mechanism for self-death in annuals.. always grow them in full sun...

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