Saturday, October 17, 2009

Health Benefits of Bitter Melon

I was surprised about the health benefits of eating this ugly and extremely bitter melon when I saw it on The Dr. Oz Show. I said, "Wait a minute, I have that in my garden!" There are many reasons now to have this plant in your garden - this fruit has tons of anti-oxidant. It can also lower your cholesterol, it has anti-cancer components, and is good for diabetis. Read the article about this amazing fruit by clicking here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

How to Propagate Succulents

Here are some of succulents that need some pruning. I might as well just propagate them.
It's very easy to take stem cuttings from succulents with your garden pruner.
Stem cuttings have to be at least an inch to an inch and a half in length.
Make a hole to your planting medium and plant about a fourth of the stem cutting.
Place it in a bright but shady location for a few days until it roots. Succulents don't need a lot of water so water sparingly.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

How to Propagate Sago Palms from Seeds

Here is a sago palm seed. Only the female sago palms produce seeds.
Soak the seeds in water for several days. Then remove the fleshy orange shell covering the actual seed. Make sure you use gloves to avoid getting your fingers stained.
Here is the actual sago palm seed without the shell.
Plant the seed sideways. Water and watch it grow.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

How to Propagate String of Bananas

It is best to take stem cuttings with growing roots. You will see your string of bananas grow some roots even though they're not in the soil. These cuttings are about a foot long.
I suggest you use cactus mix to plant them in. I'm using regular potting soil for my string of bananas.
Stick them in the pot (hanging pots) about half an inch deep.
Water well and place in partial shade. In a few weeks it will start to root and show signs of new growth.