Sunday, December 28, 2008

How to Propagate: Shrimp Plant

Also known as shrimp bush or false hop. Propagation is best done in the spring.
Stem cuttings are about 3 to 4 inches long
Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone. This will aid the cuttings in rooting.
Make a hole in your potting medium and stick the cuttings. Mist the cuttings until the medium gets wet. Put it in bright area away from direct sunlight. In a few weeks, it'll take root.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


The poinsettia flowers are actually sets of leaves known as bracts or modified leaves.
The flowers are the small, yellow, bud-like centers called the cyathia.
The various colors, shapes and forms of the bracts are what make each poinsettia cultivar unique.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bromeliad and It's Pup

This is a huge store-bought bromeliad that has been growing in it's small pot decorated with moss. The flower is actually a colorful bract or modified leaves. This flowering phenomenon also means that I have a year or two to enjoy my bromeliad before it dies.
But can you see that little pup (baby bromeliad)? Woohoo! Send me more pups my bromeliad!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Magnificent Dragon Tree

I just love this tree! It still has a few berries which has the seeds - some greenish and some fully riped orange.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I.D. This Plant

the leaves
has flowers
and fruits that look like berries. I believe this plant is a shrub.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Towering Flower of Agave

The towering flower stalk of an agave that is about 20 feet high and some dried flowers on the ground.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Update on Chayote

The chayote that I started from seeds (the fruit is the seed) was replanted in the ground weeks ago and is doing just fine. Make sure to provide your plant with something to climb on. I have stuck a few bamboo sticks close but not to the point of poking the seed (or the fruit). I hope it survives the cold season. I have two more just in case my chayote plant dies. I just left these chayote fruits outside and look it successfully sprouted without special care. It's not even planted in soil. So that's another technique you can do on how to grow chayotes.

Saturday, December 06, 2008


Slowly the bulbs are showing some leaves and root growth.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit

A trip to friday's Farmer's Market made me discover this wonderful plant. It was my first time to see a pitaya in real life. Weeks before, I almost bought seeds of this exotic plant on the internet. It was a dream come true for me to see it. Here are pitayas for sale in pots with fruits. They sell for $25.00 each.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Seed Saving: Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)

The cherimoya fruit is oval, slightly oblique with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin.
The fruit flesh is white, and has numerous seeds embedded in it.
Make sure to remove the flesh around the seeds and wash them in water. Let it dry under the sun for a day. The black seeds turn to brown when dry. Store the seeds in paper package and label it.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

How to Grow Chestnuts from Seeds

I've never grown chestnuts from seeds so this is more of an experiment to me. I've picked the best chestnut that I have available which is the biggest of all. I prepared the seed by carefully removing it's outer shell. After that, I inserted the seed in potting soil and sparingly covered it with soil. Lastly, I covered it with mesh to protect it from animals that might steal my chestnut. All I have to do is water and watch it patiently grow.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Agave & Agave Seeds

There are a couple of wildly growing agaves where I walk my dogs and today I took a couple of it's seeds home. I'm not sure the name of this agave so it needs to be identified. I think all agaves reach the end of it's life when you see them showing their beautiful blooms and seeding. But again I'm not sure about this. The agave which I took these seeds was already dead. Just this long stalk that holds the seed pods standing up as high as eight feet. I have to break the stalk down to the ground and collect them. I was able to collect hundreds of these flat, circular, black seeds in their seed pods. I'll try to grow these seeds and I'll let you know if I'm successful with it.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Growing Pine Trees From Seeds

Here are some of the pine tree seeds I've collected last week. Some have the "wings" (which is the tree's way of dispersing it's seeds) and some don't have them. You can test the viability of the seeds by putting them in a glass of water. The ones that sink are the good ones and the ones that float are the bad ones.
Prepare your pot with potting soil and water it. Then poke a hole for the seeds to go into. Place the seed vertically into the soil with the pointer end first. Then cover the seed barely with soil. I have to put some sort of protection on the pot to prevent birds from eating my seeds. I've used this mesh they use to store onions. Put the pot in a sunny location and water occasionally. Too much water will rot the seed. Be patient and you will have a pine tree seedling in a few months.