Sunday, October 17, 2010

Post-Sukkot surprises

Fish tale
Good luck trying to squeeze etrog juice unto your Shabbos fish on a Friday afternoon. Apparently, etrogim have extremely thick rinds and not much fruit--you'd have to be Shimshon/Samson to get any juice out of one! Just cut your etrog and add a section or two to the fish pan.

A tree grows in WHERE???
To cheer us up after the end of the holidays, I took some hadassim (myrtle branches) and aravot (willow branches) from the lulav and put them into a vase with a few inches of water. Much to my surprise, one hadass branch and two arav branches have sprouted roots!

My husband: "Let's plant them."

Me: "Where? We live in an apartment."

Anybody want to adopt a tree?


Blogger Miami Al said...

Keep em in pots, you'll control the size, and have really neat house planes.

Sun Oct 17, 08:36:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

A bonsai tree,
or two or three?
We'll have to consult our son,
'cause he's the one
who minored in Japanee.

Mon Oct 18, 11:38:00 AM 2010  
Blogger Miami Al said...

Generally, trees that are root bound grow as dwarf trees. Eventually, it will outgrow the pot, roots will come out the hole on the bottom, and you have to repot. However, you conceivably could grow them for a few years.

Also, if you let it get to about 2 feet upright, and cut the top, it should branch there, and you can keep it shorter by cutting the upward branches.

Actual bonsai is complicated, but dwarf house plants are pretty easy. :)

Mon Oct 18, 12:31:00 PM 2010  

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