Tropical Treasures Magazine
Pushing the limits of tropical gardening.
Growing tropical plants in non-tropical climate and indoors.
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Ficus carica (Fig Tree): "Each man under his own vine and fig tree"
...It was one of
the first plants to ever be cultivated by
humans. Fossilized figs dating around
9000 BC were found in an early Neolithic
village in the Jordan Valley. The
find is the first known instance of agriculture.
Figs may have been planted and
cultivated intentionally, thousands of
years before any other crops were domesticated.
The biblical quote "each
man under his own vine and fig tree" has been used to denote peace
Growing Fig Trees as house plants
...Fig trees are best known as grove
plants, or large dooryard trees. However,
they can be grown as houseplants, making
a wonderful tropical atmosphere in
your home, as well producing quality
fruit. Many plant collectors have successfully
grown figs in containers,
as they adapt fairly well to
indoor conditions; they are
However, the lack of fruit production, in
spite of all efforts, is their most common
frustration. So what are the secrets of fig
Plant School & Clinic
Cold tolerance and cold sensitivity
...It is important to see the difference between
cold sensitivity and cold hardiness.
These are not the same.
Cold sensitivity, as a part of seasonal
sensitivity, determines the sensitivity of the
plant due to seasonal changes such as temperature
and/or light levels. it triggers a variety
of biological processes such as dormancy,
leaf dropping, or winter flowering.
Cold hardiness is the ability of the plant
to survive certain temperatures...
...Hopefully, this winter will not be
as cold as the last one, but it is
still better to be prepared rather than not.
here is a simple checklist, which will help
you to protect your plant collection...
Nature’s Food and Pharmacy
Overlooked fruit: Tasty loquat recipes
...One of the easiest and hardiest of all subtropical trees is also a reliable heavy producer: it is Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). It may start blooming as early as Fall and continues through Winter, flowers usually do not get damaged with occasional frosts. The apricot-like juicy loquats will follow in abundance during March-April and will cheer you up as earliest fruit of the season. But after eating a few handfuls of fresh deliciousness, a question comes up: now what should I do with THAT much fruit?..
Growing loquat tree in container
...Loquat is pretty hardy tree and can be
grown even in mild temperate climates,
surviving temperatures as low as
15°F (Zone 7b to 8). however, if you live in
colder climate, this fascinating tree can be
grown in a pot and brought indoors during
Growers of beauty
Exotic rainforest: Tropical Paradise up North
"...If you are going to build a rainforest
atrium and you are not in
Florida, Southern California, or
a similar climate, the first concern
should be how to keep the plants warm
Steve Lucas is sharing his know-how about creating a rainforest in Arkansas (zone 7A) without using big budget. Amazing story, with lots of pictures and Do-It-Yourself tips; it will help you to avoid mistakes and make your dream come true.
August bloomer: Senna Multijuga
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