Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Halloween Reminder: Don't Kill the Trees, Don't!

Dr Abe V Rotor
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Pine tree killed by pollution,
Mt Pulag, Benguet 1988
Kamachili tree sacrificed to give way to a new road.
Barangay Sagpat, Bantay, Ilocos Sur


Camphor tree killed by water logging during
Typhoon Ondoy 2009, UST Manila


Don't kill the trees, don't;
make a stairway across;
save the clouds that fill the font,
we have had enough, the Cross.




Halloween Tip: Say tabi-tabi when entering a thicket.

Halloween Tip: Say <span style="font-style:italic;">tabi-tabi</span> when entering a thicket.
Dr Abe V Rotor
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Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday
A scary grove of leafless frangipani, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, QC 

Respect the ghosts and spirits
When walking on untrodden trail,
Or beating a path to nowhere,
Unreached by mail or far from rail.
If you wait 'til the sun goes down,
And home you aim before dark you bid;
Then take the route through the thickets
Say tabi-tabi as old folks did. ~

Tabi-tabi in Tagalog, bari-bari in Iloko, is a courteous word to let one pass in an unknown territory."

There’s no harm in believing in it, and practicing it. It warns any would-be attacker such as a snake, or any helpless creature to give way. It is good to be conscious and cautious in an unknown territory. Uttering the word is building self-courage. Keep within hearing distance if you are in company.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sugar solution extends the life of cut flowers.

Sugar solution extends the life of cut flowers.
Dr Abe V Rotor 
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Pulsing for roses is done by immersing the stem ends for one to 

three hours in 10% sugar solution. Photo credit Wikipedia

Don't cut the flowers, if you can help it. Have potted flowering plants instead. To ensure continuous flowering give your plants proper care under suitable condition. Orchid painting in acrylic shows how delicate orchid flowers are. Don't detach the flowers from the plant. Display as a whole plant undisturbed. After the occasion, take it back to its original plant for recovery. 

In horticulture, they call this pulsing, a technique of providing nourishment and extending the shelf life of cut flowers. This technique lengthens vase life twice as much. It allows buds to open and postpones stem collapse, while it enhances freshness of the opened flowers.

Pulsing for roses is done by immersing the stem ends for one to three hours in 10% sugar solution, and for gladiolus 12 to 24 hours in 20% sugar solution. Daisies, carnation, chrysanthemums, and the like are better handled if harvested and transported in their immature stage, then opened by pulsing. It is best to cut the stem at an angle, dipped 6 to 12 hours in 10% sugar solution compounded with 200 ppm of 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate, 100 ppm citric acid. Best results are obtained at cool temperature and low relative humidity. 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Snails (kuhol) are controlled with neem, tubli, makabuhay and other plants.

Snails (kuhol) are controlled with neem, tubli, makabuhay and other plants.
Dr Abe V Rotor 
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  1. Golden Kuhol (Pomacea caniculata) is the number one pest of rice in the Philippines
Pomacea is a genus of freshwater snails with gills and an operculum, aquatic gastropod mollusks in the family Ampullariidae. As Pomacea it is commonly sold in the aquarium trade as "[color] mystery snail" in the United States. Wikipedia

Before the introduction of chemical pesticides our native kuhol was a good source of viand in the ricefield and seldom did it turn against growing rice plants. Almost simultaneously in the sixties the golden kuhol or apple snail (Pomacea caniculata) was introduced with the promise that it is a better gourmet, and that it could even be exported.  It did not turn out that way, and with the resistance this exotic mollusk developed having left behind its natural enemies, it emerged a maverick, now the number one pest of rice plants infesting two-thirds of our total lowland ricefield area of no less than two million hectares. Agriculturists have lately turned their attention to phytochemicals to control golden kuhol.  These are the plants they have confirmed to be effective. 

Neem tree and closeup of fruits. Azadirachta indica, also known as Neem, Nimtree, and Indian Lilac is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae. Wikipedia
Derris or tubli 
·        
          Derris philippinensis (derris or tubli)
·         Manihot esculenta (cassava)
·         Chrysanthemum morifolium (chrysanthemum)
·         Capsicum anuum (pepper or siling labuyo)
·         Makabuhay
·         Neem 


Except for siling labuyo, the leaves and stems of any of these plants are either crushed or chopped finely and applied directly on the ricefield, controlling the water level up to three to four inches so as to allow the active ingredients to spread out and reach the pest in all of its stages. Where there are two or more of these plants growing in the area, farmers may use them in any combination, either alternately or simultaneously. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Disturbing views speak of 1001 words. Photos obtained through social networking

Analyze and interpret. Please send to your nearest MMDA office. 
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