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Catha edulis - Khat. San Pedro Cactus, Trichocereus Pachanoi, Peruvianus, Peruvian Torch cacti. Grafting Cactus Guide. Page Contents Words you may need to know.

Grafting Cactus Guide

Basella (Malabar spinach) nutrition facts and health benefits. Basella or vine spinach is a popular tropical leafy-green vegetable commonly grown as backyard plant in the home gardens.

Basella (Malabar spinach) nutrition facts and health benefits

In the true sense, it is different from English spinach (Spinacea oleracea) in that the plant is a creeping vine, and its leaves feature glossy, broad, deep green, thick, and mucilaginous. Commonly found in the backyard gardens of many south Asian families, it is gaining popularity in some of the tropical and temperate climates of America, Australia and Europe for its succulent, nutritious greens, and tender stems. Vine spinach belongs to the Basellaceae family, and has two chief cultivars, Basella alba, which features green-stems and deep-green leaves, and Basella rubra with purplish-stems and deep-green leaves with pink veins. Vine spinach is noted by regional names in different regions in Asia.

The plant is a perennial vine and grown as annual or biennial pot-herb. Summer Vegetables. Compiled by Brenon Duff Egyptian Spinach Egyptian Spinach (also called Molokhia) originated in Egypt and is popular in the Middle East and North Africa.

Summer Vegetables

It grows about 5 ft tall, 5 ft wide, and has narrow pointed leaves roughly 3 in long. It eventually flowers and gets small narrow pods reminiscent of okra, to which it is related. Thunbergia battiscombei. Sonia Tastes Hawaii: GARDEN GREENS ....the 'so-called' Spinaches. Malabar Spinach Malabar spinach (Basella alba or Basella Rubra) is a perennial tropical fast-growing and soft-stemmed vine in the Basellaceae family and not an actual spinach.

Sonia Tastes Hawaii: GARDEN GREENS ....the 'so-called' Spinaches

The vines can grow up to 10 feet. Does well on trellises or twisted around wire tomato cages. The stem has a slight little ‘squarish’ look and can be either green or dark reddish purple as in the variety called Basella Rubra. the plant has insignificant white blooms and shiny black berry-like seeds. The Malabar spinach loves full sunlight, hot and humid temperatures and does best when grown at altitudes less than 500 foot elevation but has been known to grow at higher elevations. High in vitamins A and C and loaded with calcium, it can be consumed as either a raw salad green or cooked as you would regular spinach. I first became acquainted with this plant while living in Cuba.

The mucilaginous texture is especially useful as a thickener in soups and stews. Synsepalum. Mollucan spinach. Science, Optics & You - Olympus MIC-D: Butterfly Wing Scale Gallery - Pipevine Swallowtail. Butterfly Wing Scale Digital Image Gallery Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly The poisonous pipevine swallowtail is a popular model for other butterflies to mimic.

Science, Optics & You - Olympus MIC-D: Butterfly Wing Scale Gallery - Pipevine Swallowtail

Several palatable lepidopterans, such as the spicebush swallowtail, the red spotted purple, and the female Diana fritillary, all take advantage of the toxicity of the species. In an instance of Müllerian mimicry, the pipevine swallowtail also shares its appearance with the noxious viceroy butterfly. Scientifically described as Battus philenor, the pipevine swallowtail butterfly ranges across most of the United States, north to Southern Canada, and south into Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Adult pipevine swallowtails demonstrate a preference for certain flowers, but sometimes misidentify plants. Plant strategically to enjoy homegrown fruit year-round. YVONNE SWANSONTampa Bay Times Friday, September 12, 2008 4:30am One of the great joys of gardening in Florida is that you can actually enjoy the fruits of your labor — as in oranges, mangoes, bananas and lemons.

Plant strategically to enjoy homegrown fruit year-round

You can even grow heat-tolerant blueberries, apples, peaches and plums that taste similar to fruits grown in northern climates. You don't need a large yard or full sun to sweeten your landscape. Fruiting plants come in all sizes and shapes, including dwarf-sized trees, vines, ground cover and shrubs that are easily espaliered to a fence or wall. How To Grow Goji Berries. Attention: Goji Berry Lovers...

How To Grow Goji Berries

How To Grow Your Own Goji Berry Plants. Discover how you can grow your own... and when you can expect your first harvest.PLUS... How a little known piece of American history and a fortuitous gift means you can now grow a extremely hardy Goji berry in your own garden. Continued below... Where Do Goj Berries Like to Grow? Goji Berries are also known as Lycium Barbarum or Chinese Wolfberry. Guyabano fruit. Dragon Fruit. Pitaya. Pitahaya. Dragon Fruit Info. Dragon Fruit Viewer - Pine Island Nursery. Growing Dragon Fruit / Growing Pitaya Fruit. Buy Banana Plants & More Tropical Plants For Sale, Florida Hill Nursery. Banana-plantain-overview. Long-toothed hinterland dweller: Entries from February 2006. Olive Tree Growers - Olive Tree Varieties - Arbequina, Frantoio, Koroneiki, Leccino, Manzanillo, Mission, Nicoise, Pendolino, Picaul.

Olive trees make beautiful hedges Our Cast of Venerable Characters: *Arbequina *Arbosana *Chemlali *Coratina *Frantoio *Koroneiki *Leccino *Mission *Pendolino *Picual *Picholine *Santa Caterina *Seedling (Wild Olive) Arbequina 10 year old Arbequina tree A small tree (15').

Olive Tree Growers - Olive Tree Varieties - Arbequina, Frantoio, Koroneiki, Leccino, Manzanillo, Mission, Nicoise, Pendolino, Picaul

TROTOLINO AMORAOSO - Live Chile/Pepper Plant. MycoBoost. Results You Can See!


MycoBoost's effectiveness can be viewed under an Electron Microscope. The picture at left is an electronmicrograph of mycorrhizal filaments holding sand grains in place and improving soil structure. Radiating threads are mycorrhizal fungi that act as extensions of the plant root system to absorb nutrients. Proven Effectiveness in University Tests MycoBoost is the most effective soil inoculum on the market. Pine Island Nursery, Tropical fruit trees. Grow Your Own Chocolate. By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter Around Valentine’s Day the worry of what to give that special person is throbbing in ones head.

Grow Your Own Chocolate

A nice dinner is always a great start to that special day dedicated to couples. Commercials show giving diamonds as a way of expressing ones love but I have another way that may take time but shows true commitment, love, and can address those cravings that we all have had some time in our lives. One may ask what could that be. Well the answer can be found in the candy aisle and it is . . . chocolate. Growing your own hyper-local chocolate is one way of showing how much you care for an individual.

Chocolate mint is one plant that any individual can grow that smells and tastes like the name states, chocolate mint. The cocoa plant is a challenge to grow for even the seasoned gardener. To start this project of love, either purchase cocoa plants from a reputable tropical plant dealer or start with the beans. Move the tree to a warm room away from direct sunlight. Whatcom Seed Company - Catalog of Rare, Exotic, Unusual Garden Seeds. Companion Planting. Xtreme Gardening. Edible Tropicals: How to: Propagate Sugarcane.

Sugarcane is a tall perennial grass that is a very popular source for sugar and biofuel. It has a commercial growth period of between one to two years before harvest. For landscaping purposes sugarcane acts a lot like bamboo and is also cold sensitive, so those living in cold climates may have trouble cultivating sugarcane. Eating it raw provides a delicious sugary snack, all you have to do is shed the hard outer layer to expose the fiberous juicy core. Make sure not to eat the fibers and instead just drink the juice. Growing sugarcane is a very simple task once you get a hold of some raw cane. The bud is where the new sugarcane will grow, while the small dots are where the new roots will grow from. The result will look a bit like this.

The next step is to acquire some potting soil and add some sand to it. Now place rooted end of the cane deep in the soil, with the bud facing up. Organic way to get rid of fruit flies! Hi members Fang,That's interesting.