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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 get Passion Vine to flower? ud83cudff5ufe0fud83cudf31
From Mark Hooten, the Garden Whiz

Q: Several months ago, I purchased a passionflower vine, a red one with lots of flowers. I ended up putting it in a much larger pot with a large trellis, using a popularly advertised bagged potting soil recommended at a big box store. I have given it a blue colored water-soluble fertilizer every couple of weeks as recommended. However, while the vine seems very happy, growing faster than i can keep winding it around the trellis, it has not flowered all summer. I there something I am doing wrong?

A: Passionvines as a group (and there are some 500 different kinds!) are sort-of unusual among popularly grown ornamentals because they have nitrogen issues. This is because, even though unrelated, they are much like most legumes, as they maintain a symbiotic relationship with certain beneficial soil bacteria which allows them to gather atmospheric nitrogen and store it in their roots. When they have an overabundance of nitrogen, they simply stop flowering and produce rampant leafy growth while never flowering. They only flower well after a period of healthy vine growth, because the plant had finally used up all of its stored nitrogen.
Since you had both used a bagged potting soil which likely already contained fertilizer with nitrogen added, as well as bi-monthly doses of a liquid fertilizer which also contains nitrogen, it has been receiving so much nitrogen it only knows to grow more vineage until the nitrogen is used up. If and when that happens, it will again begin to flower. This rule applies of course not only to flowering but also to fruiting varieties of Passiflora: the more flowers, the more fruit you get!
So the answer is - for the time being, just stop giving it supplemental fertilizer and it will start flowering for you sooner than later!

See all passion vines from TopTropicals:
Tecomaria Sunset - Bright Orange
of the most rewarding flowering plants! Stunning display of orange flowers year round. Unlike other tecomarias, it is more of an upright shrub with naturally compact shape and doesn't shoot long leggy branches. You don't have to prune it, it keeps naturally rounded, bushy shape. Attracts butterflies.
It's an eye catching flower that appears all year round!
Artocarpus heterophyllus x integer - Jackfruit x Chempedak, Cheena

Giant milkweed - Asclepias on steroids? ud83eudd14

gigantea - Giant milkweed, Arka, Crown flower, close related to a well-known Butterfly Milkweed, but it is so impressively fat! Its beefy silver leaves add a great texture to your butterfly garden, and its lavender flowers are fascinating and beautiful. This plant is great for a butterfly garden as it is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly.
The shiny blue bee Xylocopa can also be seen visiting this flower. Although its blooms can be seen all through the year, its flowers are particularly abundant during summer season. The plant also has medicinal value. Its latex is used to remove thorns from the skin. The plant is hardy at least to zone 9 and drought tolerant.
Giant Milkweed can be used as a substitute for other milkweeds or as a supplement to the ones you already have. The best features of this plant:
- Constant blooms throughout the season when starting with mature plants
- Large, thick leaves can sustain more monarch caterpillars
- Caterpillars can pupate on the tree itself
- Great option for adventurous gardeners looking to try something new
- Grows well in dry and difficult soils
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A Sacred Earthworm: benefit or damage? ud83dudc1bud83dudc1bud83dudc1b

by Mark Hooten

Q: We have lots of earthworms in our soil. I've heard they are beneficial for the plants, it it true? Or should I try (and how) to get rid of them at least for container plants?

A: From my earliest childhood, I remember learning that earthworms are wonderful, beneficial creatures for our gardens. I had heard that they improved the soil by both aerating it via the tiny tunnels they dig from burrowing activities, AND leaving their droppings which act as fertilizer. However, both my personal experiences and studies have shown otherwise. The truth is that the vast majority of earthworms we encounter in our daily horticultural practices are not even native to North America. In fact, they were introduced from Europe, beginning with the colonial period, mostly accidentally in things like the ballasts of ships, and from soil from around the roots of plants being imported.
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