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01-04-23. A year of hope, a year of the Cat who protects your crop. 10 steps to Happy Gardening. Perfect starters for a new garden.

IN THIS ISSUE:
2023 - a year of hope, a year of the Cat who protects your crop
10 steps to Happy Gardening
Perfect starters for a new garden

Welcome to the Garden of 2023

Dichrostachys cinerea - Princess Earrings, Sickle bush

Photo above: Dichrostachys cinerea - Princess Earrings, Sickle bush.
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"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas."
- Elizabeth Murray -

2023 - a year of hope,
a year of the Cat who protects your crop

Cat with tropical fruit

According to the Vietnamese Lunar Calendar, Year 2023 is a year of the Water Cat, starting from January 22nd, 2023 - same as Chinese New Year.
While in Chinese culture it is called a Year of the Rabbit, the Cat was seen as more relevant to the daily lives of Vietnamese farmers, who valued the cat's ability to protect their crops from rats.
At the same time, the Vietnamese year of the Cat also symbolizes tenderness, gentleness, and kindness. The sign of Cat is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity.

2023 is predicted to be a year of hope

Stictocardia beraviensis - Hawaiian Sunset Bell

Photo above: Stictocardia beraviensis - Hawaiian Sunset Bell - the most impressive fast growing vine with stunning flowers colored as a dramatic Hawaiian sunset.
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10 steps to Happy Gardening

Beginning of the year checklist

Lagerstroemia flowering tree on   crossroads

To assist our customers in creating a happy and enjoyable gardening experience this year, we consulted with our horticulturist to compile a list of ten recommended items. Here are the results...

1. A favorite. Get yourself a favorite small flowering plant that is compact, manageable, and easy. Such as Ground Orchid. Keep it in a pot or plant in the ground by the entryway where it can be seen often and enjoyed.
2. A fruit of your labor. You need at least one (or one more) fruit tree for your garden, or for container culture if you live in colder climate. Growing and especially harvesting tropical fruit will make you happy. The Winner of the last year was Cherry Lolita - an easy, compact fruit tree that can produce almost year around. Some fruit trees will fruit right away!
3. Be exclusive. A rare plant is a must for every gardener. It can be a useful gem such as Noni Tree or an unusual-looking like a Bat Lily - Tacca. Show your friends and neighbors something different they have never seen!
4. Make it cool. Finally plant that shade tree by your driveway. Yes it takes time to grow, but the sooner you plant it, the sooner you get that shade! There are some fast growing species, some only take a couple of years to the mature size.
5. Beauty. If you have an ugly fence or unwanted view in your yard, cover it with a flowering vine. Look at the beauty every day and make your life better. Replace a boring standard hedge with colorful flowering shrubs that will make you smile.
6. Scent. Add some fragrant plants to your landscape and inhale their healing magic.
7. Tropical. For a shady corner, select a showy tropical with lush foliage such as Philodendron or Monstera, or all time favorite Banana. Get a feel of tropics.
8. Happiness of giving. Buy a gift plant for someone you care about but don't know how to thank them. Live plant is the best expression of love and gratitude. If you are unsure what plant to pick, ask our Team or simply buy a Gift Certificate that will never expire - let them chose the plant they like.
9. Food for all. A set of quality liquid fertilizers is a must - try Sunshine Boosters that can be used year around. They will make your plants healthy, strong, fast growing, cold hardy and disease-resistant. You can choose formulas for different plant types from our selection, or simply buy online a Nutrition Kit of 8 bottles that will cover all your needs and save you 50% on fertilizer cost!
10. Share. Subscribe your friend to TopTropicals Newsletter so they can get a weekly Piece of Tropics in their mailbox. Cool Cat Photos come as a bonus!

Sunshine boosters Robusta and C-Cibus with a bunch of bananas

Make sure to always have on hand at least 2 main formulas of Sunshine Boosters - Robusta for vegetative growth, and C-Cibus that will satisfy plant needs for both fruit production and profuse flowering



Perfect starters for a new garden


Colocasia esculenta Black Magic
4099 Colocasia esculenta Black Magic
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant

$37.95


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Garcinia livingstonei -   Imbe
2760 Garcinia livingstonei - Imbe
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot, small plant

$42.95


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Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree, grafted
1310 Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree, grafted
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, grafted

$52.95


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Alpinia zerumbet variegated - Variegated ginger
2375 Alpinia zerumbet variegated - Variegated ginger
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot

$17.95


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Cryptocereus (Selenicereus) anthonyanus - Zig-Zag Cactus
5154 Cryptocereus (Selenicereus) anthonyanus - Zig-Zag Cactus
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot, large plant

$27.95


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Nematanthus wettsteinii x fritschii Bijou - Gold Fish
5968 Nematanthus wettsteinii x fritschii Bijou - Gold Fish
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot, large plant

$37.95


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Vernonia fulta - Tropical Aster, Ironweed, Bitterleaf
5647 Vernonia fulta - Tropical Aster, Ironweed, Bitterleaf
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant

$27.95

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Clerodendrum philippinum - Cashmere   Bouquet
1054 Clerodendrum philippinum - Cashmere Bouquet
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot, large plant

$37.95


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Philodendron Moonlight
6805 Philodendron Moonlight
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot

$32.95

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Canistel Sapote tree, Pouteria campechiana
1177 Canistel Sapote tree, Pouteria campechiana
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot

$42.95

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Aloysia virgata - Almond Bush
3492 Aloysia virgata - Almond Bush
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant

$37.95


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Solandra maxima variegata - Variegated Butter Cup
5546 Solandra maxima variegata - Variegated Butter Cup
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, large plant

$37.95


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Artabotrys hexapetalus - Ylang Ylang   vine
1018 Artabotrys hexapetalus - Ylang Ylang vine
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot, large plant

$47.95


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