Friday, July 9, 2010

Roselle with lady's fingers in the middle

roselle

roselle

lady's fingers or okra

lady's fingers or okra

the three plants


Some plants simply look the same as seedlings, probably they share some common DNA elements which make them related somehow. It happens to me with roselle and lady's finger or okra. I really thought that the three plants which I planted in a row, were all roselles. After a while I realised that the middle plants is Okra after all.

I am not too sure how the two different plants behave at such close proximity. The last attempts with Roselle somehow attracted red bugs which make the foliage their temporary home. For Okra, some butterflies were too happy to lay eggs when the plants were on their downhill with strength and health.

I just wonder if a different pest will come with this combination.

bangchik

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, and I can see how you got the seedlings confused. Even at this stage they are so very similar.

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  3. I amazed how you, could tell the difference.

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  4. hi Bangchik, i also wonder how the seeds mixed, i am not familiar with Roselle seeds though, but i am sure they will eventually show of a wonderfull color in your garden. Okra's beautiful yellow flowers will be the muse for the 2 white or lavender roselle. BTW, do you eat roselle too? All of them are of the Malvaceae family which also includes the Hibiscus and a lot more domesticated plants.

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  5. Rebecca~ The seeds of roselle and okra are quite different, okra being more rounded. Even their colours are different. Once the seeds germinate, for the first few leaves, they are almost identical, thus the confusion.

    Ocean Girl~ Being different type of plants, they ought to be different. At this age, their true character are easily recognised.

    Andrea ~ the mixed up occurred with seedlings leftover. Even at third pair of leaves, they still look almost the same. I hope they will be supportive of one another..

    Aaron ~ At this age, their likeliness lessen.

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  6. Roselle and okra sure do look similar. I'd be confused too. Hopefully the roselle will do well mixed with okra. Your foliage looks really lush there-on both.

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  7. That will be interesting to see what happens with the insect situation.

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  8. Tina ~ At a quick glance, they look similar but on scrutiny, the colour, the texture, the size of leaves will make them different. The trouble is at seedlings.

    Wendy ~ I am expecting grasshoppers to rest on the leaves and start biting the younger ones. Then the holes they make will be larger as the leaves grow bigger. So far grasshoppers are tolerable, and I view holes on the leaves as artistic patterns... haha..

    BANGCHIK

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