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Enchanted flower… One of the most desirable flowering trees is Champaca — Joy Perfume Tree, its sweet flowers were used in creating the most expensive perfume of the world, Joy. You can't stop sticking your nose into the flower again and again — it smells absolutely heavenly!

One of the most popular plants in Southern landscapes as well as for greenhouse or sun-room collection. Very fast growing, Banana is both great ornamental plant and producer of the fruit loved by everyone, from kids to adults. Try exotic varieties of:

Great fruit tree for beginners that will tolerate neglect and still produce tasty juicy fruit resembling apricot. Eaten fresh, made into jams, wines and liqueurs, even baked in pies. The tree is pretty cold hardy and drought tolerant. Plant it where nothing else will grow... and it will make it for you! Grafted varieties have superior fruit quality. Most popular varities: Champagne, Eds Delight, Gold Nugget, Italy.

Experience exotic fruit beyond the fruit market! This one is no doubt the biggest of them all, and the biggest in he World! Surprisingly these trees are not too sensitive and can produce successfully in subtropical climate with limited cold protection. Both grafted trees or seedlings (which are usually true to seed) start producing at early age. Most popular varities: Black Gold, Borneo Red, Mai-1, NS-1.

Another perfume tree, this one is responsible for creating Chanel #5 perfume. Besides the classic tree, there are many close related species with similar fragrance, shrubs and vines, some flowers smelling like melon or lemon candy.

Slow growing, compact tree with sweet delicious fruit tasting like brown sugar. Not fussy about soils and simply easy. Great for containers thanks for its slow growth rate. Everybody wants to have one! Most popular varieties: Hasya, Makok, Oxkutzcab, Silas Woods (Dwarf, non-stop producer).

Several valuable South American fruit trees, some of them not even related, are combined under name Sapote, which means "sweet fruit". You can't beat soft sweetness! Most popular varieties: Red/Yellow Sapote, Black Sapote, White Sapote.

Sweet, juicy and fragrant flesh... Some people say this fruit smells like rose water. No doubt you tasted it in Asian restaurants, however those fruit from can have only a hint of a taste of the real one. Try your own fresh fruit, you simply can't stop eating it! Most popular varieties: Empreror (Dwarf), Hak Ip, Sweetheart (large fruit, small seed), Late Season (Heavy producer), Mauritus.

Longans are closely related to Lychees.

These unique delicious fruits can only be tasted from a grower's garden due to their soft nature. They can not be offered commercially from supermarkets due to transportation challenge. Great container fruit trees due to their compact nature: Sugar Apple, Guanabana, Atemoya, Custard Apple.

This one is one of the most popular flowering trees in the South. Fast growing and free-flowering. Spectacular long-lasting flowers, yellow or pink, presented by many types of cassias (sennas), from small shrubs to significant shade trees.

Add both color and fragrance to your Southern garden or indoor collection. They will tolerate lower light, too! They are so easy to grow and simply always happy. Try a rewarding clerodendrum as your first plant, and watch your thumb turning green on it!

A symbol of Hawaiian Paradise, Plumeria perfume and beauty can be brought into every home. It is very easy to grow, both in your garden or in a pot. Fantastic "rainbow" varieties available with multicolored flowers. Dwarf varieties (Plumeria obtusa): White, Yellow, Pink. They can be trimmed to stay only 2-4 ft short!

The biggest collection of jasmines in the world. We have them all. They talk for themselves.

Want an easy plant that will thrive in neglect and yet brightens your day with beautiful flowers? We have amazing selection of desert roses — all colors of flowers you imagine or can't imagine, plus they have a showy caudex. Some varieties even have fragrance! Check out our large collection of new hybrids: Adenium Plants and Seeds

All-time favorite, scented gardenia is a must for every fragrant garden. Great container plant, compact grower, this plant can flower several times throughout warm season. Check out over 50 varieties and forms! Special rare collectibles include:

A powerful seducer! Many people consider Mango to be the best tasting fruit in the world. Try any (or all!) of our 100+ varieties. They all are fiberless, sweet and super juicy. You can't buy these from supermarket — simply because they are so mouth-melting and don't ship well!

Condo (dwarf and for containers): Carrie, Cogshell, Ice Cream, Julie, Mallika, Nam Doc Mai.

Vigorous favorites: Bailey's Marvel, East Indian, Glenn, Haden, Jakarta, Phillipine, Southern Blush, Valencia Pride.

Exotic collectibles:

  • Alampur Baneshan — the finest dessert mango, very large fruit
  • Alphonso — the finest Indian sweet dessert mango with hint of citrus
  • Cat Hoa Loc — sweet and fiberless, oval yellow, with very thin seed
  • Choc Anon Miracle) — Thai mango, producing two crops annually
  • Maha Chinook — in Singapore considered the best tasting
  • Pim Seng Mun — eaten green to enjoy its unique apple-like qualities

Grow your own Guacamole!

If you own an avocado tree, you are for sure a tropical fruit grower! Highly nutritious fruit and ornamental statue, what can be more rewarding.

Most popular: Florida Hass (Haas), Brogdon, Simmonds, Winter Mexican.

Cold hardy can survive short periods mid lower 20°s F without significant damage: Brazos Belle, Fantastic, Joey, Lila, Poncho.

Dwarf varieties are popular exotic house plants, valued for beautiful shape and foliage, besides they easily fruit in container: Fuerte, Wurtz.

How to trick Medinilla to bloom?

Q: I have my Medinilla magnifica plant for 3 years, it ia a large developed plant in 3 gal pot but hasn't bloomed for me yet. I grow it indoors and it always stays warm. Maybe it needs some special fertilizer? How much should I water it?

A: Medinilla is a perfect container plant for a home or a greenhouse. In warm tropical climates, it can grow outside in a shady spot. Medinillas are also called Malaysian Orchids. Technically, they are not related to orchids, and believe it or not, are in the same family with purple-flowered Tibouchinas . Their drooping showy flowers that last for several months, and somewhat epyphitic habits makes these unusual plants to be treated almost like orchids. Medinillas are slow growing and have succulent leaves and stems (succulentus means - juicy, containing water). Similar to orchids, their roots do not like to stay wet, soil should become slightly dry between ample waterings. Use very well drained porous soilless potting mix , you may add to it extra perlite or orchid growing media (bark). Don't use sandy succulent mix, medinilla prefers high organic content (peat moss).

Medinillas stay in bloom for a long time, some varieties like Dolce Vita - up to 5 months! You can enjoy the spectacular changes of blooms for a long time. There is a special way to induce flowering. Between March and November keep the pot in a bright place without direct sunlight, during winter months try to keep as bright as possible. Water once a week or when the soil gets dry. In winter, keep at 60-65F for 2 months, this will trigger the plant to set new flower buds. Do not fertilize while flowering, then apply orchid fertilizer every 2d watering.
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Happy Hobby: growing tropicals from seeds

It is time to start from seed. If you want to feel happier, get into gardening. If you want to feel God, start plants from seeds and watch New Life grow from a tiny grain.
Traditionally, people prefer sowing seeds in Spring, especially temperate species for vegetable garden: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers... My grandmother up North started them in early Spring in small pots on a windowsill, then once the temperatures raised just above freezing, she planted them out in garden beds, and that early start always helped her to have the best early harvest in the neighborhood.
When we deal with tropical plants, just above freezing is not warm enough. Which means, you have to grow small babies indoors for quite a while, providing additional heating when needed. Heating pads always work best... When we had large size monitors and TV's, I always put couple trays on top of hot monitors, and even on warm top of a refrigerator, if space by the radiator was all taken. But that was in very cold apartment...
If you keep your living space around 75F (ideal for many species), this is a perfect temperature to get your seeds started. Tropical plants are not like annual tomatoes that try to grow through the season as fast as possible. They may take time. So the sooner you start, the more chances to get small seedlings just in time when Spring air outside is warm enough - at least in 70's.
A great advantage of starting tropical seeds indoors is controlled temperature and moisture. In the plant world, environment extremes are not good for germination process. Mild conditions of your home or a greenhouse create better chances for successful growth. Seeds won't get overheated in hot Summer sun, and won't get rotten because of a sudden heavy rain. Just keep in mind that some species require light for good germination.
Conditions for the best seed germination:
- Well-drained mix of peat moss and sand. Put seeds not too deep (1/2 inch deep or less) to allow air circulation
- Keep warm (75-85F) and in bright light
- Keep soil slightly moist but not soggy.

See more info on seed germination
Zodiac Plants, or Herbalism for Your Astrological Sign - Aquarius

Aquarius - 1/22-2/18. Aquarius is an AIR sign ruled by odd-ball Uranus. The water-bearer's plants will often grow in unusual places and may vary in appearance. They often have purple or blue flowers, or may have unusual colors.

The most healing and beneficial plants for Aquarius are ones that help circulation, relax the nervous system, or promote inspiration. When Uranus was discovered, it replaced Mercury as ruler of Aquarius. Physiologically, Uranus rules the bioelectrical impulses that power the bodyu2019s nervous system (nervous tension and nervous exhaustion brought on by powerful changes in the environment are related to both Mercury and Uranus). Physically, Aquarius rules the lower legs, the calves, and the ankles, and the electrical impulses that travel through the bodyu2019s nervous system. The nervous system itself is ruled by Mercury, and Uranus is said to be a u201chigher octaveu201d of Mercury. Since Uranus was discovered after the correspondences with plants had been established, the herbs used in Aquarius are Mercury herbs. Always difficult to pinpoint, quirky Aquarius appreciates the unusual and complex flavor of star anise. Use this star-shaped spice when you wish to bring happy surprises into your life.

Aquarius Zodiac lucky plants - Anise, Orchid, Golden rain - Koelreuteria paniculata, Bird of paradise, Heliconia, Petrea, Mandevilla, Jasminum, Kiwi, Persimmon, Loquat, Olive, Alocasia, Colocasia, Citrus, Apple, Peppers, Gingers, Carambola, herbs spicy with an unusual flavor, White Pothos, Ivy, Shami (Prosopis cineraria), Neem, Medinilla, Sheesham Tree, Catnip, Passion fruit, Valerian, Aloe, Myrrh, Kava-kava, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Coffee, Cola nut, Nepenthes, Vanilla Orchid, Strongylodon (Jade vine), Tacca (Bat Lily), Eranthemums, Agapanthus, Orchid trees, Bolusanthus, Chamaedorea metallica, Clerodendrum ugandense, Clitoria, Duranta, Guaiacum, Jacaranda, Lavanda.
10 plants to make you feel good

A lady is buying a gift plant: I want to give it to my boyfriend. He's having some problems now and is feeling depressed, so I want to make him happy. I'll take a new bigger pot and a bag of soil with me. I will let HIM plant it. I want him to get involved in something and get excited...

A challenge or a stress relief? Many people who grow plants say that gardening is a good therapy. This is a very true statement, to say more: gardening is HEALING.
Life is an every day stress. Hard work, lack of time, bills, grumpy husband or nagging wife, teen kids sucking your blood, stupid boss doing the same, and... no appreciation. Nobody. Ever. Never appreciates your efforts. Books promising to help you to cope with a stress... therapists and counselors working on solutions for your problems... and you are still there. New day, same stuff. Should you call your friend, get another shrink opinion, refill sleeping pills or antidepressants? Or maybe just another pack of beer to cool off... You can do it. But if you started to believe that another cigarette won't solve my problem, you should try something different.
The world won't change. But while you can't change the problem, you can change the way you look at it... and this will change your life. There are things that can change our vision. One of them is a LIVE PLANT. Watch it grow. See how it thrives and enjoys life no matter what. How it's longing toward the sunlight hoping some day to reach maturity, blossom and fruit! Create your own little oasis, feel yourself a Creator of it and... feel much different about the world around you. It will be worth a while after all, if you can gain from your hobby:
- Therapy. You will have a special retreat that will always be there for you. No matter what happens, once you start magic gestures of watering, trimming, repotting, simply touching a plant - you'll feel a strong energy inflow charging your body and spirit. All your worries and miseries will be gone during the time of your gardening session. It will help you to look at your problems from a different angle.
- Healing. Watch your back when lifting heavy pots or soil bags, but... you can fix it as well! Regular gardening sessions will keep your body exercised, your muscles toned up, and your mind in peace.
- Appreciation. Who ever appreciates your efforts? It's time to treat yourself. The plants will greatly appreciate your care, not less than a pet. Unlike humans, plants are thankful. You'll see it and feel it and get a -
- Reward. Whether it's a tropical lush foliage, beautiful colorful flower, fantastic aroma blossom or delicious fruit.
- Practical use - can't be underestimated: from organically grown flavorful fruit to rooting cuttings for exotic plant gifts.
- Collector's pride. Have you ever owned something special? An old coin, a cool bike, an heritage antique? Then you know how it feels! Feels good. After all, your neighbors will envy your unusual plants and a perfume tree at the front yard. Like it or not, you'll get some friendly visitors to stare at your rarities!

Vanilla planifolia
Plumeria Red Siam
Sweetheart, Grafted
frutescens - Wiri Wiri Pepper
(Michelia) champaca Yellow - Joy Perfume Tree
(Davallia) tyermannii - White Rabbits Foot Fern
variegated Snow Queen
fruticosa - Pink Gardenia
glabra - Barbados-Cherry
taitensis Heaven Scent (double flower)
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