Indonesia Life

Memories of hibiscus in Bali

バリ島でのハイビスカスの思い出

Bali life devoted to raising arowana and tending hibiscus

It is not uncommon for Indonesian companies to keep arowana on their doorstep, but the arowana, which may seem like they are just roaming around in a tank of water, is actually the company's big mission: to make money.

In Bali, I once tried to find a way to achieve the peaceful swimming of Arowana in a 250cm aquarium, but it was just a conjecture, aiming at the golden luck of Golden Red and the scavenging effect of Black Arowana. That's a lot of dependence on others.

Come to think of it, I don't have many memories of my work in Bali and most of my energy was spent on dogs, fish and hibiscus. I spent most of my thirties, the hardest working part of my life, in a yawning state, and it took me two years to come to my senses when I returned to Jakarta.

Even now, I'm a person who doesn't distinguish between on and off, so I often play during work hours or work on weekends, but I still escape to Bali resident's blogs and real estate sites after using my brain for a while.

Bali, as a tourist destination, has lost its old idyllic southern island atmosphere and seems to be running in the direction of an international leisure land, but it may be the best island to live there and reflect on yourself. In particular, the environment is very suitable for building a Mutsugoro Kingdom or Animal Wondrous Land.

I like Bunga sepatu (hibiscus) the most among the Indonesian flowers, so at that time I planted more than 20 kinds of seedlings at home and grew them. It was a great tool for tropical fish dealers and planters because they wanted a variety of kinds of fish, whether they were dogs or fish.

I've got a new kind of hybrid seedling. But the more expensive the seedlings are, the more they die before the flowers bloom, and the arborist tells me too much water, not enough fertilizer, not enough sunlight, and that ants have killed them.

Adequate water, fertilizer and sunlight do not necessarily make plants grow smoother

Plants are never satisfied with water from the tap, and even if I sprinkle plenty of water on them, they don't seem to be blue enough, or they don't seem to have much energy.

What I'm saying is not scientific, but the tap water at the time was well water (air sumur) and the PH (hydrogen ion index) was 7-7.5, which is not bad at all. My arowana tank at home was changing water without a neutralizing agent.

Rainwater may contain dust in the air, but it is unlikely to contain any special nutrients, so it is possible that a weakly acidic rainwater would be a better match for the soil or hibiscus in your garden.

Hibiscus will lose its energy if you don't take care of it, but if you look after it too hard, it will wither away. Rather, it was not able to water it on a business trip, or it was lush after forgetting to fertilize it.

Just like humans, you can't grow a hibiscus by telling it to "grow it positively and vigorously".

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