Chains of Glory, Light Bulb Flower. This elegant plant... more
Clerodendrum schmitii - Chains of Glory, Light Bulb Flower
Chains of Glory, Light Bulb Flower. This elegant plant is a rare species in plant collections. The white fragrant flowers are held in loose pendulous panicles, similar to Bridal Veil (Clerodendrum wallichii). The white flowers are very showy against dark green foliage. Flowering racemes hang down a foot and a half or more. Winter bloomer. It often has two flowering periods during the winter season.
Bleeding heart - one of the most spectacular blooming... more
Clerodendrum thomsoniae - Bleeding Heart
Bleeding heart - one of the most spectacular blooming vines. Spectacular, dramatic flowers are slightly flat, they have white sepals on either side of bright crimson petals. The appearance may be liken to a line of dangling hearts, each emerging from the other. This plant is often seen in pots where it will abide in a continual state of flowering. As long as you provide lots of light to it, it'll bloom most of the time.
This graceful shrub grows up to 7 ft and has pointed... more
Clerodendrum wallichii (nutans) - Bridal Veil
This graceful shrub grows up to 7 ft and has pointed narrow leaves. The white fragrant flowers are held in loose panicles. Cascades of flowers appear around Thanksgiving. Keep it out of the wind, and avoid putting it where it in hot afternoon sun. Blooming in fall-spring.
Coffea Catura (Caturra) is native to Brazil. Despite... more
Coffea catura - Dwarf Coffee Nanico
Coffea Catura (Caturra) is native to Brazil. Despite that it stays much shorter than other coffee species, it is an abundant producer of beans. The coffee from catura beans is of the highest quality. It can also be happily grown in direct sun, whereas other coffee species prefer a bit of shading. It grows best at high altitudes but will adapt to almost any environment. Soils should contain adequate supplies of nitrogen, calcium and magnesium, and plants should be fertilized regularly. Catura, like other coffee varieties, makes a great houseplant with thick, dark green, glossy foliage. Caturra is a natural mutation of the Bourbon variety. It was discovered on a plantation in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil sometime between 1915 and 1918. Caturra has a single-gene mutation that causes the plant to grow smaller (called dwarfism). Its name derives from the Guarani word meaning "small." It is also called "Nanico." Caturra's small size allows plants to be placed closer together, and its closely spaced secondary branches, which enable it to produce more fruit in the same space. See video about Coffee tree: GROW your own COFFEE plant - Free Coffee Everyday.
Kona coffee is a variety of Coffea arabica from the... more
Coffea Kona - Hawaiian Coffee Tree Mauna Loa
Kona coffee is a variety of Coffea arabica from the Kona region of Hawaii whose beans produce a distinct taste with a lower acidity and caffeine content than typical Arabica beans. It is considered a specialty coffee. Growing Kona for commercial production requires a very specific weather pattern, but it may easily be grown as an ornamental houseplant with minimal care. See video about Coffee tree: GROW your own COFFEE plant - Free Coffee Everyday.
Anthony's Rick-Rack, Zig-Zag Cactus, Fishbone Orchid Cactus. It is nightblooming and its flowers last only a single night in spring. Because the flowers are so quickly spent, this epiphyte is mainly only grown for the strange leaves which lend it the common name Ric-Rac Cactus, or occasionally Zig-Zag or Fishbone Cactus. It can be grown either in orchid substrate, or in regular cactus potting soil with a bit of humus added. In the wild it attaches itself to trees, clinging by little aerial root filaments along the zigzagging succulent leaves, but is adaptable to terrestrial habits. It loves strong yet indirect lighting. It does not need a lot of water and should be permitted to dry out entirely between waterings.
Bamburanta, Variegated Never-Never Plant. Beautiful... more
Ctenanthe lubbersiana variegata - Bamburanta
Bamburanta, Variegated Never-Never Plant. Beautiful two-color Ctenanthe with deep variegation, with branching bamboo-like stems and oblong green, veined leaves that are mottled with cream and gold. Plant in a well-drained soil and keep moist during the growing season. It needs high humidity and bright indirect light. It is intolerant of drafts and temperatures below 60 degrees F. Give it a liquid fertilizer in the spring and divide as needed. These attractive perennials are from tropical Brazil. They are related to the Calathea and Maranta. It makes a great houseplant and can reach 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
This flat stemmed epiphytic cactus boasts brilliant... more
Disocactus ackermanni - Red Orchid Cactus
This flat stemmed epiphytic cactus boasts brilliant red flowers which can reach up to 6" across. Flowering occurs in mid-spring. Originated from tropical forests in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico. It grows in a fern-like manner, arching toward the ground. Stems begin as round bases that grow to 7 inches long. Flourishes in the tropical environment. Despite the name cactus, it enjoys regular watering. In cultivation, it has been confused with Disocactus × jenkinsonii, a hybrid between D. phyllanthoides and D. speciosus.
Clustered Flowers Orchid. Epidendrum is a diverse neotropical genus that has flowers characterized by a frilly or fringed lip. This feature is occasionally diagnostic to distinguish between species. These orchids are widely cultivated and may be hybridized with Sophronitis, another South American genus. The flowers are usually small and delicately colored, and borne on a dense inflorescence. Many species have a fragrance. RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This crazy little cactus makes a wonderful hanging basket specimen and quite the conversation piece with its twisted, arching limbs. A night bloom epiphytic cactus with curly twisting leaves, Epiphyllum curly locks is an example of a cactus that uses its stems to capture more moisture and light. The plant has curly, curved stems which are the result of a mutation of a plant called Epiphyllum guatemalense. The name for this mutated cactus is Epiphyllum monstrosa - a jungle cactus native to Guatemala and will attach itself to a tree and live off of the composting debris that collects in the crook of the tree. Commonly called Orchid Cactus due to the blooms resembling orchid blossoms. The flowers are fragrant and usually open at night. Oval, bright pink seedy fruits form once blooms are pollinated. These fruits are juicy and edible. The plant is also self-pollinating and fruits can form even without the intervention of insects and mammals. Epiphyllum are sensitive to being moved so choosing spot in bright, indirect light would work best. Epiphyllum will also only bloom when root bound, so take this into consideration when repotting.
Belle de Nuit, Lady of the Night, Queen of the Night,... more
Epiphyllum oxypetalum - Queen of the Night
Belle de Nuit, Lady of the Night, Queen of the Night, Night blooming Cereus - powerfully fragrant at night! This special cactus grows in tropical rainforests and has large wide meaty leaves. The flower is huge, white, and nocturnal. Blooms at night hours, hence the name. One of the most exotic indoor plants.
These are seedlings of the Black Surinam Cherry var... more
Eugenia uniflora - Black Surinam Cherry Lolita
These are seedlings of the Black Surinam Cherry var Balck Star which we call Lolita. The seedlings come true to seed. Black fruited Surinam Cherry starts as red and turns black as it ripens. It has exceptional flavor. The plant is vigorous and ready to fruit the same year. The fruit is very sweet, without aftertaste, large 1-1.2 inch, very juicy. Reliable producer. Hard-to-find. The tree is upright, freely branching. These cherries are cold hardy and can take short periods of frost. Once established, the plant can withstand upper 20's without damage.
Erect stems with huge palmate leaves splashed with creamy white variegation. Late winter produces 15-inch panicles of creamy white flowers followed by large, black berries that persist through the winter. Grows 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide.
Rock Fig, Rock Ficus, Texcalamate, Lava Fig. Very... more
Ficus petiolaris - Rock Fig
Rock Fig, Rock Ficus, Texcalamate, Lava Fig. Very showy velvet leaves with purple veins. Forms a caudex, good for bonsai. If planted in ground, grows in a small tree. The more water you give this plant the bigger it will grow and vice versa. This plant has nice caudex. In winter may drop some leaves.
Vigorous, self-clinging, evergreen vine that holds... more
Ficus pumila (repens) - Climbing Fig
Vigorous, self-clinging, evergreen vine that holds securely to any surface via aerial rootlets. Leaves are heart-shaped, forming an interesting pattern. Covers large areas quickly. Excellent way to add character to a garden wall. Very common creeper in tropical countries as it can cover a wall very quickly. Outdoor plants can grow to 15' or more. Two distinct leaf types: juvenile foliage is very small and tend to hug wall, or trellis that it is growing on. Mature foliage is larger to 2 or 3 inches long and the stem get coarse and starts sticking out from rest of vine. Hairy pear-shaped fruits (to 2.5” long) may appear on outdoor plants throughout the year. See article about this plant: Ficus pumila - Creeping fig with unbelievable leaves and fruit.
Vietnamese Gardenia - large fragrant flowers. Easy to grow to compare with other gardenias, not so sensitive to overwatering and the most cold hardy of all tropical gardenias. Flowers are very beautiful unusual shape, extremely fragrant. Perfect for container, very bushy. Can be also planted in the ground. This pretty plant has been called "Gardenia" for long time. However, analysis shows that it is a horticultural form of Kailarsenia. See article about this plant.
A: Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.
Benefits of the graft:
- making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
- taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
- introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
- easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful
One of the most desired plants. It is a good grower... more
Gardenia Miami Supreme - grafted, 3 gal
One of the most desired plants. It is a good grower with large leaves. Very large flowers, 3 to 5 inches in diameter, March thru June. Has a tendency to have yellow-green foliage. Flower Size 3 - 5". Large bushy grafted plant, with buds or/and flowers, can be planted in ground. See picture of flower, page about gardenias, their cultivation and varieties. See picture of actual plant for sale (1-2013).
This unique hybrid is very rare and hard to find.... more
Gardenia taitensis Heaven Scent (double flower)
This unique hybrid is very rare and hard to find. The plant has huge double flowers up to 5-6" wide, normally semi-double, but sometimes they come in weird shapes. One of the few cultivated plants native to Polynesia. The intoxicating sweet fragrant blossoms are creamy white works of art. The biggest size gardenia flowers. Foliage is beautiful as well with its dark green shiny leaves, also large as big as 7-8" long and 4-5" wide. It is not easy to grow and very sensitive to overwatering. However, grafted plants do much better in the ground than in pots and are relatively cold hardy (can take light frost). See size of flower in inches.
Lobster Claw, Parrot's beak. One of the most recognized... more
Heliconia rostrata - Lobster Claw
Lobster Claw, Parrot's beak. One of the most recognized and widely grown species, and one of the most beautiful. The inflorescence it produces is one of the most colorful you will ever encounter. The flowers last a long time and make an excellent cut flower. It is an easy grower in tropical areas but some room is required because the stalks can reach 7 feet in height. It can withstand temperatures in the high 20s. Can be grown in large pots