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TopTropicals Newsletter / 11 Jan 2021
Golden Ox Lucky Flowers. Devil's Tree. Beginning-of-year checklist.

Ready for Early Lucky Spring?

...Why always "not yet"? Do flowers in spring say "not yet"?...
- Norman Douglas -

2021 - Year of the Golden Ox

Golden Ox Year of Accomplishments

2020 Year of the Rat, as we now know, made the world go through a distinct changing of the times, not in the way anyone had hoped. A once in 100-years global pandemic severely altered our lives. While 2020 may seem like it was an epic disaster, the year of the Rat did present us with a new opportunity: to change the world for the better.

2021 - the Year of the Metal Ox (Yin Metal Cow), according to Chinese zodiac, starting from Feb. 12, 2021. Yin Metal is related to jewelry, precious gemstone, or golden. 2021 is called the Golden Ox year. The Cow is also called "the storage room of the gold". That implies the good opportunity to earn extra income is coming. That also is the sign of flaunting your wealth or property.
Ox used to be a capable farming tool in an agricultural society, which attach to the symbol of diligence, persistence, and honesty. Ox is very hardworking and methodical. 2021 is going to be a year when work will get rewarded, for those who will make a considerable effort. This is going to be a year when we will fully feel the weight of our responsibilities, a year when it is necessary to double our efforts to accomplish anything at all.
The color of Metal is white in Chinese Five Elements; the lucky color of 2021 flowers is going to be white and golden. Besides white, we have the lucky colors of the Ox: yellow and green, colors that, in Feng Shui, attract prosperity and success.
Year of Discipline. To increase your luck, wear metal accessories, and get white and golden flowers. This year, no explosive or catastrophic events will occur, so it is a favorable year for economic recovery or consolidation. 2021 is a year when all the problems get solved with discipline. A lot of discipline! Obviously, with an extra effort from us in organizing our time.
We will continue Golden Ox story in our upcoming publications...

See 2021 Golden Ox Lucky Flowers

White Gardenias, Jasmines and many other fragrant plants are perfect flowers for Year of the Metal Ox.
See 2021 Golden Ox Lucky Flowers at the end of this newsletter.

Tropical gardener beginning-of-year checklist

Final pre-Spring check of whatever we had forgotten! For a gardener, the year ahead is a chance to do things you want, as a way to achieve the things you need to do. If your number one New Year's resolution is to garden more (a want-to item), you also will be exercising more (a need-to). Or if you plant a new edible garden (want, want, want), you will end up checking off "eat more leafy vegetables and fruits" from your to-do list!

12 steps to get ready for 2021 season:

1 - Spray fruit trees and houseplants with insecticide and micro-elements
2 - Continue spraying SUNSHINE-Epi to improve plant hardiness
3 - Protect tender plants during cold spells and especially from freeze
4 - Reduce watering during cooler months, keeping the root zone on a dry side
5 - To give your plants a kick start, fertilize with liquid SUNSHINE Boosters fertilizers - they are safe to be used year round
6 - Plant fruit trees: winter planting is beneficial to avoid heat stress for roots
7 - Plant Butterfly and Hummingbird Attractants
8 - Plant bulbs, vegetables and herbs. Use eco-safe, natural SUNSHINE boosters for all your edibles.
9 - Plan your summer garden and order seeds early
10 - Start tropical plants from seeds (indoors for cooler climates)
11 - Start ordering tropical plants and beneficial soil mix to get them established after shipping in pots
12 - Clean and oil garden tools

Alstonia scolaris - Indian Devil Tree

A Scholar's Award with intoxicating fragrance

By Alex Butova, the Witch of Herbs and Cats

...This fascinating rare plant with white, strongly perfumed flowers is valued as a fast growing, impressive ornamental shade tree and is used to serve as an alternative to quinine...
Popularly known as Devil Tree, as plant is believed to the devil's abode - probably due to the intoxicating fragrance emitted by flowering trees, especially at night.
The tree is of great cultural significance in the intellectual circle, as traditionally its leaves were awarded to scholars and teachers during convocation ceremonies by the Visva Bharati University (can't think of a better name than Alstonia scholaris!). This tradition was started by Rabindranath Tagore...

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2021 Golden Ox Lucky Flowers

Alstonia scholaris - Indian Devil Tree
5034 Alstonia scholaris - Indian Devil Tree
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$44.00

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Jasminum sambac Maid of Orleans - 3 gal pot
1134 Jasminum sambac Maid of Orleans - 3 gal pot
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$29.00  
Sale: $19.00

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Jasminum sambac Grand Duke - 3 gal pot
2488 Jasminum sambac Grand Duke - 3 gal pot
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$39.00

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Wrightia vietnamensis - Dwarf
2528 Wrightia vietnamensis - Dwarf
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$54.00  
Sale: $44.00

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Wrightia religiosa - double flower
2951 Wrightia religiosa - double flower
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$49.00  
Sale: $39.00

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Wrightia religiosa - Sacred Buddhist
2085 Wrightia religiosa - Sacred Buddhist
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$44.00

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Chonemorpha fragrans - Frangipani vine
4480 Chonemorpha fragrans - Frangipani vine
Grown in 6"/ 1 gal pot
$49.00

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Gardenia taitensis Heaven Scent (double flower)
4402 Gardenia taitensis Heaven Scent (double flower)
Grown in 6"-10"/ 1-3 gal pot
$44.00

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Gardenia taitensis Tiare Tahiti, single flower
5171 Gardenia taitensis Tiare Tahiti, single flower
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$39.00  
Sale: $29.00

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Brunfelsia manaca (corrugata)
1040 Brunfelsia manaca (corrugata)
Grown in 6"/ 1 gal pot
$39.00

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Jasminum officinale Flore Pleno - French Perfume Jasmine
2098 Jasminum officinale Flore Pleno - French Perfume Jasmine
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$44.00  
Sale: $39.00

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Jasminum sambac Arabian Nights
2584 Jasminum sambac Arabian Nights
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot, small plant
$44.00

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Jasminum dichotomum - Rose Bud Jasmine
2287 Jasminum dichotomum - Rose Bud Jasmine
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$39.00

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Stemmadenia galeottiana - Milky Way tree, 3 gal pot
1194 Stemmadenia galeottiana - Milky Way tree, 3 gal pot
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$54.00  
Sale: $39.00

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Gardenia (Kailarsenia) vietnamensis - Vietnamese Gardenia
1093 Gardenia (Kailarsenia) vietnamensis - Vietnamese Gardenia
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$39.00  
Sale: $29.00

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Wrightia religiosa Variegata
2556 Wrightia religiosa Variegata
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot, small plant
$64.00  
Sale: $54.00

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Bulnesia arborea - Verawood
3271 Bulnesia arborea - Verawood
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$49.00

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Burbidgea schizocheila - Voodoo Flame Ginger
5024 Burbidgea schizocheila - Voodoo Flame Ginger
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, large plant
$44.00

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Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree
2543 Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree
Grown in 6-10"/1-3 gal pot
$49.00

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Brunfelsia maliformis - Lady of the Night
4709 Brunfelsia maliformis - Lady of the Night
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$39.00

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Aloysia virgata - Almond Bush
3492 Aloysia virgata - Almond Bush
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$39.00

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Brunfelsia nitida - Lady of the night
1311 Brunfelsia nitida - Lady of the night
Grown in 6"-10"/ 1-3 gal pot
$34.00

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Gardenia Miami Supreme - grafted, 3 gal
2993 Gardenia Miami Supreme - grafted, 3 gal
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$44.00

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Stephanotis floribunda   Variegated
2823 Stephanotis floribunda Variegated
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$44.00

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Hedychium coronarium - Butterfly   Ginger
2468 Hedychium coronarium - Butterfly Ginger
Grown in 6"-10"/ 1-3 gal pot
$39.00  
Sale: $29.00

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Osmanthus fragrans var. Four   Seasons
2690 Osmanthus fragrans var. Four Seasons
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$39.00

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Zephyranthes pulchella - Magic Lily
6634 Zephyranthes pulchella - Magic Lily
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$29.00

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Oncoba spinosa - Fried Egg Tree
3017 Oncoba spinosa - Fried Egg Tree
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot, small plant
$39.00

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Cananga odorata - Ylang Ylang, 3 gal pot
1043 Cananga odorata - Ylang Ylang, 3 gal pot
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$59.00  
Sale: $49.00

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Cestrum nocturnum - Night Blooming Jasmine, 3 gal pot
3193 Cestrum nocturnum - Night Blooming Jasmine, 3 gal pot
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$39.00  
Sale: $29.00

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