Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
So, last spring I received a handful of beans straight from some friends in El Salvador. 100% bourbon, they sat in moist starter soil doing nothing for close to a month. Just before I was ready to toss them in the trash, I decided instead to put them under my deck outside and ignore them. I honestly forgot they were there. One day while mowing the lawn I saw the tray sitting there and noticed something. Three little sprouts!
So, the three sprouts proved to be one male and two female. The first leaves that emerge from the seed show that. I coffee talk at CCC led by the Caballero family of El Puente fame taught me how to tell the difference. Three leaves emerging mean the plant is a "macho", and two means they are an "empressa". Fast forward to present day and I am happy to say the three are doing great. After about sixty days I carefully transferred each sprout to a small pot with an organic soil mix that is high in nitrogen and my own compost mixture.
So, how is my old friend you ask? Well the separation to three plants proved to be a good thing. All three are thriving in their indiviual (much larger) pots. I have been watering them much less through the winter, imitating the dry season. There has been quite a bit of leaf loss, but I have learned over the years that is natural and not to be worried. They are hearty and happy, and when spring comes I will begin the rainy season. Lots of water, and misting the leaves regularly. I heavy dose of bone meal to encourage flowering, and fingers crossed for a new crop of Finca Nueva Berlin. Rest assured it would be a Microlot!
There ya go, a new post. I want to apologize to all my fans (both of them) for the long gap in between. I am going to make a concerted effort again to keep this thing going. I mean, I am paying 30 bucks a year for the friggin URL!
Posted by Daryn Berlin at 9:38 AM