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THE AFRICAN TREE WISTERIA IS A RARE TREE THAT WILL GROW WELL AS A BONSAI, A SMALL OR MEDIUM TREE! EASILY CONTAINABLE, SPECTACULAR AND GREAT IN A POT OR IN THE GARDEN! AFRICAN TREES LIKE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND GROW REALLY WELL! The wisteria tree stands out as one of Africa'sSee more...

THE AFRICAN TREE WISTERIA IS A RARE TREE THAT WILL GROW WELL AS A BONSAI, A SMALL OR MEDIUM TREE! EASILY CONTAINABLE, SPECTACULAR AND GREAT IN A POT OR IN THE GARDEN! AFRICAN TREES LIKE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND GROW REALLY WELL!

The wisteria tree stands out as one of Africa’s most striking native trees, particularly when it bursts into bloom. Its cascading, fragrant, blue-mauve flowers, reminiscent of peas, drape in clusters from its branches, often enveloping the entire tree. Its leaves, arranged spirally, hang delicately from drooping branches akin to those of the willow.

Typically featuring multiple stems, the wisteria can be shaped through pruning to develop a single trunk. Its bark, a rough and deeply fissured brownish-gray, holds high value among carpenters for its excellent woodworking properties. Craftsmen frequently fashion it into exquisite furniture pieces, while its sturdy, termite-resistant stems find utility as fencing posts.

The species name, “Bolusanthus,” pays homage to Harry Bolus (1834 to 1911), a distinguished South African botanist and the founder of the Cape Town Bolus Herbarium, while “speciosus” in Latin denotes its striking beauty. Indigenous to wooded grasslands across southern Africa, from Angola and Zambia to KwaZulu-Natal, it serves as a vital resource for various wildlife, including monkeys, gemsbok, giraffes, and grey duikers, which feed on its pods and leaves.

Beyond its ornamental and practical uses, the wisteria holds medicinal significance. Its roots offer relief for stomach ailments, while the inner bark addresses abdominal cramps. As with any herbal remedy, it’s imperative to seek guidance from a qualified medical or herbal practitioner before taking as medicine, especially considering individual health conditions, allergies, and potential interactions with other medications. Consulting a professional ensures safe and effective usage, guarding against adverse reactions and promoting optimal well-being.

 

Grow Notes
Drought tolerant, should come through a light overnight frost once mature. Will grow in most frost-free regions of Australia. Regular water and a sheltered spot will result in more flowers than drought conditions and a windy site.

Full sun to part shade position with light, well-draining soil is ideal.

Sow
These are large seeds, easy to see and handle. Plant seeds in spring, cover to twice the width of the seed.

Germination
Be patient as they can take a little while to break out of the seed as they tend to put down roots first before leaves. So, no action above the soil does not mean failure!

Maturity
This decorative, small to medium-sized tree is deciduous, dropping its leaves only for a short period in early spring. Flowering time is from August to January (spring and summer). Flowers are followed by papery, brown fruit pods, that hang from the branches in clusters, and never split to release their seeds, which is why many African animals eat these and distribute the seeds. It also means there will be no self-seeding.

 

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PIMENTA DOICA IS THE “ALL SPICE” WE USE FOR COOKING! FRESH PODS WITH FERTILE SEEDS! RARE TO FIND AND WITH AN AMAZING HISTORY, PIMENTA IS SAID TO ONLY GERMINATE IN JAMAICA BUT THEY GROW HERE JUST FINE TOO! YOU WILL GET 10 SEED PODS WITH TWO TO THREE SEEDS INSee more...

PIMENTA DOICA IS THE “ALL SPICE” WE USE FOR COOKING! FRESH PODS WITH FERTILE SEEDS! RARE TO FIND AND WITH AN AMAZING HISTORY, PIMENTA IS SAID TO ONLY GERMINATE IN JAMAICA BUT THEY GROW HERE JUST FINE TOO! YOU WILL GET 10 SEED PODS WITH TWO TO THREE SEEDS IN EACH ONE, WE SUGGEST STARTING PRE-TREATMENT AND PLANTING IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL.

Allspice, alternatively known as Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, or pimento, is derived from the dried unripe berries of the Pimenta dioica tree, originally indigenous to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America. While its cultivation has spread to various warm regions globally, its English moniker, “allspice,” dates back to as early as 1621, attributed to its ability to encapsulate the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in one spice. In most local supermarkets, you’ll find it conveniently ground into a powder.

The process begins with harvesting the green, unripe berries, which are then traditionally sun-dried until they attain a rich brown hue, resembling smooth, large peppercorns. Beyond its culinary application, the leaves of the Pimenta dioica tree, akin in texture to bay leaves, also find their way into cooking. Furthermore, both leaves and wood serve as popular agents for smoking meats, particularly in regions where allspice thrives.

Characterized as an evergreen shrub, the Allspice tree can attain heights ranging from 10 to 18 meters. It offers versatility in its growth, able to be pruned into a compact tree or allowed to grow into a towering canopy, often utilized to provide shade for crops like coffee planted beneath it. With suitable conditions, including normal garden soil and consistent watering, it flourishes outdoors in tropical and subtropical climates.

Grow Notes
Space multiple trees at least 20 feet apart to provide adequate room for root growth.

Smaller plants can be killed by frost, although larger plants are more tolerant. It adapts well to container culture and can be kept as a houseplant or in a greenhouse.

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WE SUGGEST STARTING PRE-TREATMENT AND PLANTING IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL.

Pre-treatment. Soak the pods to soften. Score around each pod with a utility knife and remove the two halves. Extract the twin seeds from inside the pod. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to weaken the outer hull.

Prepare a growing container for each allspice tree you want to grow. Fill 4-inch starter pots with a moistened mix of half compost and half coarse sand or perlite. Firm the mixture into the pot to collapse any air pockets.

Sow one allspice seed in each container. Poke a 5cm deep planting hole in the moistened mixture. Place the allspice seed in the hole and cover it with compost. Mist the compost to settle it.

Place the potted allspice seeds in a warm place, they will need at least 20 to 26 degrees daytime temps to germinate, and they need very bright natural light. Cover the pots with a propagation dome or plastic wrap to increase humidity around the seeds.

Check the moisture level in the compost mixture every day to make sure it never fully dries out. Add water whenever it feels mostly dry just below the surface. Water until the top inch is moderately moist.

Keep the seedlings under the wrap or the propagation dome, until they grow to 2 inches high. Transplant the allspice seedlings into 6-inch pots filled with a mix of half potting soil and half coarse sand. Grow them in a sheltered area with very bright, diffuse light during their first summer. Provide an inch of water every week. Shield them from direct sun at midday.

Transplant the allspice saplings into a permanent bed in autumn after the first rain. Choose a planting site with full sun and loamy, fast-draining soil.

Germination
Watch for germination in two weeks, but don’t be discouraged if it takes up to three months for some of the allspice seeds to sprout.

Allspice trees propagate best from seeds, which will produce a transplantable specimen in approximately six months.

Maturity
The trees will begin to bear fruit when they become three years old or older.

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DWARF PINK BANANA VELUTINA, EYE CATCHING AND BEAUTIFUL! DELICIOUS FRUITS AND ABLE TO BE GROWN OUTSIDE OR INSIDE! STUNNING PINK BANANAS COVERED IN A LIGHT DOWN HAVE PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALLING THEM PINK VELVET BANANAS! YES, THE COLOURS OF THE FLOWERS REALLY ARE THAT VIBRANT! Dwarf pink bananas are highly ornamentalSee more...

DWARF PINK BANANA VELUTINA, EYE CATCHING AND BEAUTIFUL! DELICIOUS FRUITS AND ABLE TO BE GROWN OUTSIDE OR INSIDE! STUNNING PINK BANANAS COVERED IN A LIGHT DOWN HAVE PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALLING THEM PINK VELVET BANANAS! YES, THE COLOURS OF THE FLOWERS REALLY ARE THAT VIBRANT!

Dwarf pink bananas are highly ornamental as both landscape and indoor plants. They feature classically shaped banana leaves up to 90 centimetres long in a deep shade of green with bronze undersides. The flowers of dwarf pink bananas are show-stoppers, with pink to purplish flower bracts framing white to yellow flower clusters, all rising from the centre of the plant on stalks in late summer.

Although sometimes listed as being inedible, the fruit of the dwarf pink banana is, in fact, delicious but seedy. Fruits actually peel themselves when they ripen, making it impossible to mistake an unripe fruit for one that is ready to eat. Even if you aren’t interested in de-seeding the sweet fruit of this plant, the tiny unripe pink bananas will make impressive conversation pieces.

Compact Size

Unlike most bananas, dwarf pink bananas are small plants that rarely reach more than 2.4 metres tall, depending on growing conditions. These small bananas can easily be grown in containers on the patio, large pots indoors, or used to line walkways without fear of them overgrowing their beds. They will die back to the ground when exposed to frost, but reliably and quickly return in the spring.

Dwarf Pink Banana Culture

Although they will not tolerate drought, bananas tend to be forgiving about soil type and lighting. Even so, they do their best in rich, neutral, well-draining soil. Fertilise with a general-purpose fertiliser in the spring, before new growth begins. Water at least weekly until the tree is established, but don’t allow the plant’s soil to become soggy. Propagation is by digging of suckers, or planting seeds that have been soaked for 24 hours in water.

The basic things to remember if you are germinating banana seeds are:

1. Always soak seeds before sowing. We recommend 24-48 hours.

2. Use a well draining soil mix. A mix that holds water will rot the seeds in place.

3.Soil temperature must be at least 20 degrees or warmer for part of the day. But, seeds need alternating temperatures for germinating. We found that just putting a heating mat under the seeds and leaving temperature constant was not nearly as effective as heating the soil for a few hours a day, then allowing it to cool. So leaving them outside is a good idea as the weather in Australia will do that for you!

4. Keep soil damp, but not wet! Wet soil will rot seeds quickly. Placing the seed tray inside a plastic bag is a good way to keep moisture constant.

5. Be patient. Seeds can take several months to germinate, they will need time. So don’t throw out your potting mix or give up, the seeds will know the best time to germinate.

5 FRESH SEEDS, LARGE, ROUND WITH AN “EYE” AT THE TOP. SOAK IN ROOM TEMP WATER FOR 12 HOURS BEFORE SOWING.

How to plant:

SOAK FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE PLANTING IN ROOM TEMP. WATER. Plant in fertile soil with a good compost element. Plant about 2cm deep, cover and keep moist, plant in warmer months of the year or under a cloche (a clear covering) or on top of a heated mat.

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GROW YOUR OWN CHESTNUT TREE! ORGANICALLY FARMED FERTILE CHESTNUTS TO CREATE A BONSAI OR JUST IN A POT – OR A FULL TREE! IT’S EASY AND YOU CAN START RIGHT NOW TO PREPARE YOUR SEEDS! SET OF FOUR CHESTNUTS. THESE ARE VERY LARGE AND CANNOT FIT IN ENVELOPES. Chestnut treesSee more...

GROW YOUR OWN CHESTNUT TREE! ORGANICALLY FARMED FERTILE CHESTNUTS TO CREATE A BONSAI OR JUST IN A POT – OR A FULL TREE! IT’S EASY AND YOU CAN START RIGHT NOW TO PREPARE YOUR SEEDS! SET OF FOUR CHESTNUTS. THESE ARE VERY LARGE AND CANNOT FIT IN ENVELOPES.

Chestnut trees are fun to grow and you can grow them into a bonsai, a pot specimen or a full tree! Yummy chestnuts are a highlight of this time of the year and growing your own is really easy! First you need untreated chestnuts and we have those for you! The ones in the supermarket are often treated with heat or chemicals but ours are all natural!

4 VERY LARGE SEEDS (YOU NEED TWO PLANTS NEARBY EACH OTHER TO GET NUTS). YOUR BEST BET IS TO PREPARE THE SEEDS AS BELOW OR YOU CAN DIRECT PLANT RIGHT AWAY.

Grow notes:

PREPARE YOUR SEEDS IN WINTER:

Dampen some sphagnum moss lightly–about equal amounts of moss as the mass of the nuts. Place the moss and the nuts in a plastic bag and close. The moisture will keep the nut from drying out as it hibernates.

Place the bag in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator and let sit for about four months or until their dormancy is broken. You should see them sprouting roots in the bag, at which point you need to remove them from the refrigerator.

Fill the pots with a potting mix and plant the growing nuts carefully into a 1-inch hole pressed into the soil. Cover them with the dirt and press lightly to increase the soil-to-seed contact. Water daily until they spout.
Set the planted chestnut seed in a sunny window and keep indoors until the outside temperature has reached about 15 degrees C and all danger of frost is gone. Rotate the plant every few days to keep it from leaning in one direction.

Transplant the seedlings outside in a prepared hole, but only after removing the seed hull attached to the plant. Carefully remove it without hurting the plant. Animals will dig through the soil looking for this if you don’t. Young chestnut seedlings seem to do better in a partly shady site.

Take care of the seedling like any other tree. Make sure it does not dry out during its first year, but stop watering when the leaves drop. Don’t fertilize until the second year so it can establish a good root base and leaf canopy. You should expect nuts in about five to eight years.

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Description Easy to grow and care for and a stunning architectural plants that can be grown as a houseplant in the home or outside as a statement in the garden! Not growing as big in Australia as it does in its natural environment, it is a small evergreen tree with severalSee more...

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Easy to grow and care for and a stunning architectural plants that can be grown as a houseplant in the home or outside as a statement in the garden! Not growing as big in Australia as it does in its natural environment, it is a small evergreen tree with several stout branches arising from a single trunk. Leaves long, sword-shaped, in dense clusters at the branch tips. Large panicles of small, fragrant cream flowers that birds adore!

From Wikepedia:
Cordyline australis, commonly known as the cabbage tree, t’k’uka or cabbage-palm,[3] is a widely branched monocot tree endemic to New Zealand.

It grows up to 20 metres (66 feet) tall [4] with a stout trunk and sword-like leaves, which are clustered at the tips of the branches and can be up to 1 metre (3 feet 3 inches) long. With its tall, straight trunk and dense, rounded heads, it is a characteristic feature of the New Zealand landscape. Its fruit is a favourite food source for the kerer and other native birds. It is common over a wide latitudinal range from the far north of the North Island to the south of the South Island. Absent from much of Fiordland, it was probably introduced by M’ori to the Chatham Islands at 44° 00S and to Stewart Island / Rakiura at 46° 50S.[5] It grows in a broad range of habitats, including forest margins, river banks and open places, and is abundant near swamps.[4] The largest known tree with a single trunk is growing at Pakawau, Golden Bay / Mohua. It is estimated to be 400 or 500 years old and stands 17 metres (56 feet) tall with a circumference of 9 metres (30 feet) at the base.[6]

Known to Mori as t? kuka,[7] the tree was used as a source of food, particularly in the South Island, where it was cultivated in areas where other crops would not grow. It provided durable fibre for textiles, anchor ropes, fishing lines, baskets, waterproof rain capes and cloaks, and sandals. Hardy and fast growing, it is widely planted in New Zealand gardens, parks and streets, and numerous cultivars are available. The tree can also be found in large numbers in island restoration projects such as Tiritiri Matangi Island,[8] where it was among the first seedling trees to be planted.[9]

It is also grown as an ornamental tree in higher latitude Northern Hemisphere countries with maritime climates, including parts of the upper West Coast of the United States, Canada and the British Isles, where its common names include Torbay palm[10][11] and Torquay palm.[12] It does not do well in hot tropical climates like the Caribbean, Queensland, Southeast Asia or Florida.

Seed counts are approximate.

Grow Notes
Cold tolerant and drought tolerant. Suited for use as an indoor potted plant, garden specimen, or used in landscaping.

Plant in a sunny position in light to medium soil.

Sow
Sow seed 3mm seep in Spring or Autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year.
Gently water to avoid seed disturbance and place in a warm, shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out. Keep soil moist, not wet and warm.

Germination
21-28 days if conditions are right, but they may take up to 90 days or longer depending on the conditions so don’t discard seed.

Maturity
Perennial, evergreen.

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DRAGON BLOOD TREE - MYSTICAL, MAGICAL AND BREATHTAKING! GREAT FOR BONSAI, POT CULTURE AND GARDEN GROWING! NEW SEEDS IN NOW! Dragon Blood Tree - these are fast becoming extinct in their native homeland. They have an amazing structural form which amazes everyone that sees them. Although you might think themSee more...

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Dragon Blood Tree – these are fast becoming extinct in their native homeland. They have an amazing structural form which amazes everyone that sees them. Although you might think them more closely related to a succulent, these are in fact from the Asparagus family!

They can grow to 25 feet tall and equally as broad though they are very slow growing and will take many years to reach that size and will stay smaller with trimming. And they do very nicely in pots.

Surely one of the most unusual trees on earth, they appear to be almost alien! The flowers are white and deeply perfumed. Dragon tree is one of the several sources for the aromatic, garnet-red resin known as “Dragon’s Blood.” This is an ancient herbal agent used to treat wounds. It makes a kind of stretchy, antiseptic bandage when dribbled on a cut or abrasion.

Dragon’s Blood is used for treating a load of other maladies including diarrhea, ulcerations and eczema and had recently been advertised in lotions and creams for the face.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

They can be easily grown from seed and the steps to grow them are below:

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in well-draining soil.

Scarify the large, roundish seeds by rubbing on medium grit sandpaper or by clipping gently and with great care with toenail clippers the outer layer only,

Sow
Plant 1.5cm – 2cm deep in Cactus mix. Pat down well and keep evenly moist but not too wet.

Keep them shaded but as warm as you can. Put them in pots only, don’t try to plant direct into the garden. Plant at least 3 seeds per pot. Bottom heat is helpful if you have a heat mat in Winter.  The best time to plant these is late Spring to late Summer.

Germination
Germination takes 30 to 90 days, and this seed demonstrates ongoing germination (it continues to grow inside the seed first before opening so do not discard your seeds).

Maturity
Keep plants in the pots and plant in the garden once established and in late spring through to the middle of summer. These live for many years and are slow growers.

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This easy fix and hang fly trap works well in animal pens, backyards, camping spots, parties and anywhere you need them to just buzz off! And the good thing is that it won't harm any other animals or contain poisons or chemicals! Just hang it away from the place youSee more...

This easy fix and hang fly trap works well in animal pens, backyards, camping spots, parties and anywhere you need them to just buzz off! And the good thing is that it won’t harm any other animals or contain poisons or chemicals! Just hang it away from the place you are hoping to protect.

Fill the bowl with anything that attracts flies such as:

  1. Slightly over-ripe fruit.
  2. A 50/50 water and sugar mix.
  3. Water mixed with honey or maple syrup.
  4. Grease from cooking.
  5. Maple syrup.

For fruit flies use Apple Cider Vinegar.

Once received pull the outer wires gently back into a circle shape, will be delivered slightly oblong so we can fit it in a smaller satchel and charge less for postage 😉

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PERFECT FOR SEEDAHOLICS! WE NOW HAVE GIFT VOUCHERS! We can design your voucher for any occasion! Add your picture to the voucher and design it the way you want! Just let us know your wording, send us a file with your pictures if you have some, we can email yourSee more...
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GOJI BERRY – EVERYTHING IS GORGEOUS, THE FLOWERS, THE FRUIT AND THE LEAF SHOOTS CAN BE EATEN, WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE! ALSO SAID TO FIGHT AGING, HELP CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR, CANCER FIGHTING PROPERTIES TOO! WHILE YOU ARE HERE, WHY NOT BROWSE OUR SALE? Goji Berries! Often called Wolfberries inSee more...

GOJI BERRY – EVERYTHING IS GORGEOUS, THE FLOWERS, THE FRUIT AND THE LEAF SHOOTS CAN BE EATEN, WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE! ALSO SAID TO FIGHT AGING, HELP CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR, CANCER FIGHTING PROPERTIES TOO!

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Goji Berries! Often called Wolfberries in China. These are Lycium chinense which are the ones that they are used extensively in cooking for health benefits but I just love their flowers and fruit, and they add something really special to the garden!

As a food, dried Goji / wolfberries are traditionally cooked before consumption. Dried Goji/ wolfberries are often added to rice congee and almond jelly, as well as used in Chinese tonic soups, in combination with chicken or pork, vegetables, and other herbs such as wild yam.

The berries are also boiled as a herbal tea, often along with chrysanthemum flowers and/or red jujubes, or with tea, and packaged teas are also available. There are plenty of recipes with the berries in them online.

Various wines containing Goji/ wolfberries (called g?uq? ji?) are also produced, including some that are a blend of ordinary grape wine and wolfberries.

Young wolfberry shoots and leaves are also harvested commercially as a leaf vegetable.

Goji berries are packed with many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re associated with many health benefits, including improving blood sugar control, helping with weight loss, fighting aging and protecting against cancer.

SEEDS ARE SESAME SEED SIZED, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in moist, well-draining soils.

Frost tolerant once established.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring or early Summer by planting at a depth of 8mm, with 200cm plant spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
14-28 days at 20-25°C

Maturity
90 – 110 days.

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These cute 100% cotton masks are hand made by a friend of mine. Very nicely made, they are in various patterns – add a bit of fun or look mysterious – whatever you like! The elastic ear straps are adjustable, each mask is individually wrapped. But the best thing is they are totally reusable and washable!

We have got various patterns, foxes, rabbits, giraffes, bright, world traveller, horses, owls, sunshine, rose colours… we have even got Dr Zuess! And many more! You can add a pattern you prefer in the comments at checkout, we will try to give you what you want but if we can’t we will send the next best thing 🙂

These are not intended for medical use but for general use where protection from particles in the air is needed. Re-usable – each mask is wrapped for protection.

If bacteria or fungi are already present in low numbers, they can quickly grow to very high numbers in optimal conditions. This includes many bacteria in soil that can cause problems in people – such as strains of nocardia (causes nocardiosis, an infection of the lungs or whole body), legionella (causes Legionnaires’ disease), and clostridium (causes tetanus).

Potting mix is usually a mixture of inorganic and organic material. It’s also often at a higher temperature compared to soil because of where and how it’s stored, so it retains heat for longer. Bacteria and fungi generally grow better and reach higher numbers when they are in moist and warm environments.

Numerous fungi can also be present in soil and potting mix. In certain areas of the world, soil contains fungi that can invade if inhaled and cause disease. These include the lung infection histoplasmosis, which is caused by a fungus that lives mainly in parts of the United States, but also in some parts of Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

The risk to most people of becoming infected with any of these bacterial or fungal diseases is very low. Disease is more likely to be a risk when the micro-organisms are present in very high numbers.

Bacteria or fungi also need to be introduced into our bodies to cause disease. This usually happens through inhalation, where the organisms go into the lungs. It can also occur through the skin, such as with the chronic fungal infection sporotrichosis, also known as “rose gardener’s disease”. If, for any reason, micro-organisms are present in high numbers, then the exposure and risk will be higher.

There are many things we can do to protect ourselves from introducing bacteria or fungi into our bodies. The most essential is basic hygiene.

If people smoke, eat or drink without first washing their hands, they are at an increased risk of legionella infection from potting mix. This implies direct inhalation isn’t the only way for the bacteria to enter the body, but that oral intake of micro-organisms via contaminated hands is also a risk.

Another added protection measure is wearing gloves. This doesn’t mean you should then not wash your hands before eating. A physical barrier in addition to washing hands obviously provides better protection.

Masks can be worn in high-risk situations, such as when opening a bag of potting mix. Directing the bag away from yourself when opened, and being in a well-ventilated area, will decrease any inhalation risk.

People who have a lower immunity, such as those with diseases such as HIV or lymphoma, diabetes, any immunosuppressant use, or generally older in age are more at risk of catching something from potting mix. So it’s even more important they use extra appropriate precautions, including wearing masks when in higher-risk situations.

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Piper excelsum, previously known as Macropiper excelsum, belongs to the pepper family (Piperaceae) and is commonly referred to as kawakawa. It is a small tree, with the subspecies P. excelsum subsp. excelsum being native to New Zealand, while P. e. subsp. psittacorum is found in Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island,See more...

Piper excelsum, previously known as Macropiper excelsum, belongs to the pepper family (Piperaceae) and is commonly referred to as kawakawa. It is a small tree, with the subspecies P. excelsum subsp. excelsum being native to New Zealand, while P. e. subsp. psittacorum is found in Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, and the Kermadec Islands.

Description: Kawakawa is widespread throughout the North Island of New Zealand and extends as far south as ?k?rito on the West Coast and Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island. The tree typically reaches a height of 6.1 m.

Leaves: The leaves of kawakawa are typically 5–10 cm long and 6–12 cm wide, opposite to each other, and broadly rounded with a short drawn-out tip. They have a heart-shaped base and may exhibit holes caused by the caterpillar of the kawakawa looper moth (Cleora scriptaria). In forested areas, the leaves appear deep green, while in more open environments, they may have a yellowish-green hue.

Flowers: Kawakawa flowers grow on greenish, erect spikes measuring 2.5–7.5 cm long. They are minute and densely clustered around the spike. After pollination, the flowers develop into small, berry-like fruits ranging from yellow to bright orange.

Berries: Each berry cluster is approximately the size of a small finger and ripens from January to February. These fruits are enjoyed by kerer? or New Zealand pigeon.

Uses: Kawakawa has been utilized as a traditional medicinal plant by the M?ori people. Infusions made from the leaves or roots were used to alleviate toothache, and wounds were often wrapped in kawakawa leaves. The sweet edible yellow berries, primarily found on female trees in summer, were consumed as a diuretic. Leaves with caterpillar-eaten holes were traditionally favored for medicinal purposes.

In cultural contexts, kawakawa leaves are waved to welcome guests at a marae, and wreaths of kawakawa may be worn by hosts and guests at a tangi as a symbol of mourning. Early European settlers in New Zealand used kawakawa in teas and experimented with it as a flavoring agent in beer. It is also commonly grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. Kawakawa essential oil contains myristicin, which can induce delirium when consumed in high concentrations.

It has been suggested that the M?ori people, upon their arrival in New Zealand, named the plant ‘Kawakawa’ due to its resemblance to Piper methysticum, the plant used to make kava in the tropical Pacific. However, considering that Piper species are also found in tropical Polynesia, it is more plausible that they simply transferred the name of those plants to the New Zealand variety. In regions like the Cook Islands and the Marquesas, P. latifolium is referred to as ‘Kavakava-atua’, while in Samoa it is known as ‘Ava’ava-aitu’. P. latifolium bears a striking resemblance to the New Zealand species and is likewise utilized in traditional medicine in the Cook Islands.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow notes:

  • Seed Preparation: To enhance germination, you can scarify the seeds by gently rubbing them with sandpaper or nicking them with a knife. This helps break through the seed coat, allowing moisture to penetrate and initiate germination.
  • Choosing a Growing Medium: Select a well-draining and nutrient-rich growing medium for sowing the Piper excelsum seeds. A combination of potting soil and perlite or vermiculite works well. Fill small pots or seed trays with the chosen medium, leaving some space at the top for the seeds.
  • Sowing Seeds: Plant the prepared Piper excelsum seeds in the pots or seed trays, pressing them gently into the soil. Space the seeds evenly and cover them with a thin layer of the growing medium. Ensure that the seeds are not buried too deeply, as they require light to germinate.
  • Watering: After sowing the seeds, water the soil thoroughly until it is evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to fungal issues. Maintain consistent moisture levels throughout the germination process by misting the soil regularly.
  • Providing Warmth and Light: Place the pots or seed trays in a warm and well-lit location, such as a sunny windowsill or greenhouse. Piper excelsum seeds require temperatures of around 21-27°C for optimal germination. Providing bottom heat with a heat mat can help expedite germination.
  • Germination: Piper excelsum seeds typically germinate within 2 to 4 weeks under optimal conditions. Keep an eye on the pots or trays for signs of germination, such as the emergence of seedlings from the soil.
  • Transplanting Seedlings: Once the Piper excelsum seedlings have developed several sets of true leaves and are sturdy enough to handle, they can be transplanted into larger pots or directly into the garden. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil for transplanting.
  • Care and Maintenance: Provide regular watering and sunlight to the growing Piper excelsum seedlings. Ensure they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day to promote healthy growth. Protect young seedlings from extreme temperatures and pests.
  • Patience and Growth: Piper excelsum trees are slow-growing, and it may take several years for them to reach maturity and develop into fully grown trees. Be patient and continue to provide proper care and maintenance to support their growth.

PIC BY Tatiana Gerus from Brisbane, Australia, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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These masks are children sizing’s – slip some into your handbag or glove box and always have one handy! Masks will protect your children from dust particles and the bugs that reside in potting mix and soils and also flu particles/  These cuties have secure elasticated strings, will not hurt little ears, have a soft feel and are rated for dust, pollution, etc.

Made of environmental friendly material, moisture-proof, non-toxic, non-irritating, soft and comfortable. Breathable material and cute patterns, which makes it useful and fashionable. Special 3 ply Spunlace design, provides protection against dust, automobile exhaust, pollen, etc. Perfect design, when you wear it, it fits seamlessly into your face. Elasticated soft ear loops are easy to wear and give no pressure to the ears.

These are not intended for medical use but for general use where protection from particles in the air is needed.

 

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The Lipstick Palm, scientifically known as Cyrtostachys renda, is a striking tropical palm native to the lowland rainforests of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. It is prized for its vibrant red or pink crownshaft, which resembles a tube of lipstick, hence its common name. Origins and Characteristics: The Lipstick Palm belongsSee more...

The Lipstick Palm, scientifically known as Cyrtostachys renda, is a striking tropical palm native to the lowland rainforests of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. It is prized for its vibrant red or pink crownshaft, which resembles a tube of lipstick, hence its common name.

Origins and Characteristics:

  • The Lipstick Palm belongs to the Arecaceae family and is renowned for its ornamental value.
  • In its natural habitat, it can grow up to 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) tall, with a slender trunk adorned with prominent rings from where fronds emerge.
  • The crownshaft, which is the leaf base where the leaves emerge, is the most distinctive feature of this palm. It ranges in color from bright red to pink and provides a striking contrast to the lush green foliage.

Growing from Seed: Growing the Lipstick Palm from seed can be a rewarding but somewhat challenging endeavor. Here’s a guide on how to grow it from seed:

 

  1. Preparation: Before planting, soak the seeds in warm water for 24-48 hours. This helps to soften the seed coat and improve germination rates.
  2. Germination Medium: Prepare a well-draining germination medium such as a mixture of peat moss and perlite or a quality seed-starting mix.
  3. Planting Seeds: Plant the pre-soaked Lipstick Palm seeds in the germination medium. Press them lightly into the soil and cover them with a thin layer of the medium.
  4. Warm and Humid Environment: Provide a warm and humid environment for the seeds to germinate. The ideal temperature for germination is around 27-29°C. You can achieve this by using a seedling heat mat or placing the seed tray in a warm location.
  5. Moisture: Keep the germination medium consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mist the soil surface regularly to maintain humidity levels.
  6. Germination Time: Lipstick Palm seeds can take several months to germinate, so be patient. Germination may occur anywhere from 3 to 12 months after planting.
  7. Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed several true leaves and are large enough to handle, carefully transplant them into individual pots filled with a well-draining potting mix.
  8. Growing Conditions: Provide the seedlings with bright, indirect light and protect them from direct sunlight, especially when they are young. Keep them in a warm and humid environment to encourage healthy growth.
  9. Care and Maintenance: As the seedlings grow, continue to provide them with regular watering, balanced fertilizer, and appropriate light levels. Repot the palm into larger containers as it outgrows its current pot.

Growing Lipstick Palm from seed requires patience and attention to detail, but with the right conditions and care, you can enjoy the beauty of this stunning tropical palm in your home or garden.

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THE BEAUTIFUL MIMOSA TREE – PERSIAN SILK! GREAT AS A GARDEN TREE, BONSAI TOO! GREAT FOR PROVIDING SHADE IN YOUR GARDEN! A BUTTERFLY FAVOURITE – BIRDS AND BEES LOVE THIS TREE TOO! IT'S LEAVES CLOSE WHEN IT RAINS DIRECTING ALL THE FLOW DOWN TO THE ROOTS! Birds, butterflies and beesSee more...

THE BEAUTIFUL MIMOSA TREE – PERSIAN SILK! GREAT AS A GARDEN TREE, BONSAI TOO! GREAT FOR PROVIDING SHADE IN YOUR GARDEN! A BUTTERFLY FAVOURITE – BIRDS AND BEES LOVE THIS TREE TOO! IT’S LEAVES CLOSE WHEN IT RAINS DIRECTING ALL THE FLOW DOWN TO THE ROOTS!
Birds, butterflies and bees all love this tree. Produces flat brown seed pods to 20cm long.
Native to Asia, Persian silk trees (Albizia julibrissin), also called mimosa, are deciduous, fast-growing and may grow up to 30 or 40 feet high. They often have more than one trunk, low branches and spreading, feathery fernlike leaves that produce variously sized canopies. Pink or white, puffy flowers grow in clusters — they bloom from mid-spring to late summer.
Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree, pink silk tree) is a species of tree in the family Fabaceae, native to southwestern and eastern Asia.
The genus is named after the Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi, who introduced it to Europe in the mid-18th century, and it is sometimes incorrectly spelled Albizzia. The specific epithet julibrissin is a corruption of the Persian word gul-i abrisham which means “silk flower” . Its leaves slowly close during the night and during periods of rain, the leaflets bowing downward; thus its modern Persian name shabkhosb means “night sleeper”.

Grow Notes
Prefers a full sun position and is drought and cold tolerant once established.

Persian silk trees thrive in well-draining, slightly alkaline and acidic soil of clay, sand or loam. They do not grow well in coastal areas because of the soil’s high salt content. The trees prefer hot summer temperatures and full sunlight but tolerate some shade.

Allow about 4m for the tree to spread its canopy if you are planting the Persian silk tree near a house, by a deck, patio or in a garden. Water the tree as needed.

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Scrape the hard coats around the seeds with a file or sandpaper and then place them in warm water for 24 hours.

Plant them outdoors in the spring when the daily temperature is 15 degrees or warmer.

Raise seedlings in Spring or Summer, by planting seeds at 5mm depth in seed raising mix.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-90 days at 15-25°C

Maturity
Fast-growing tree to 6m.

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Each mask is wrapped for protection – slip one into your handbag, glove box or office desk and always have one handy! Masks will protect you from dust particles and the bugs that reside in potting mix and soils! These cuties have secure elasticated strings, will not hurt your ears, a soft feel and are rated for dust, pollution, etc. Masks are a must for those of an older age, those who are on immunosuppressants, chemotherapy or other immune affecting illnesses.

Made of environmental friendly material, moisture-proof, non-toxic, non-irritating, soft and comfortable. Breathable material and cute patterns, which makes it useful and fashionable. Special 3 ply Spunlace design, provides protection against dust, automobile exhaust, pollen, etc. Perfect design, when you wear it, it fits seamlessly into your face. Elasticated soft ear loops are easy to wear and give no pressure to the ears.

These are not intended for medical use but for general use where protection from particles in the air is needed. Single use, each mask is wrapped for protection.

If bacteria or fungi are already present in low numbers, they can quickly grow to very high numbers in optimal conditions. This includes many bacteria in soil that can cause problems in people – such as strains of nocardia (causes nocardiosis, an infection of the lungs or whole body), legionella (causes Legionnaires’ disease), and clostridium (causes tetanus).

Potting mix is usually a mixture of inorganic and organic material. It’s also often at a higher temperature compared to soil because of where and how it’s stored, so it retains heat for longer. Bacteria and fungi generally grow better and reach higher numbers when they are in moist and warm environments.

Numerous fungi can also be present in soil and potting mix. In certain areas of the world, soil contains fungi that can invade if inhaled and cause disease. These include the lung infection histoplasmosis, which is caused by a fungus that lives mainly in parts of the United States, but also in some parts of Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

The risk to most people of becoming infected with any of these bacterial or fungal diseases is very low. Disease is more likely to be a risk when the micro-organisms are present in very high numbers.

Bacteria or fungi also need to be introduced into our bodies to cause disease. This usually happens through inhalation, where the organisms go into the lungs. It can also occur through the skin, such as with the chronic fungal infection sporotrichosis, also known as “rose gardener’s disease”. If, for any reason, micro-organisms are present in high numbers, then the exposure and risk will be higher.

There are many things we can do to protect ourselves from introducing bacteria or fungi into our bodies. The most essential is basic hygiene.

If people smoke, eat or drink without first washing their hands, they are at an increased risk of legionella infection from potting mix. This implies direct inhalation isn’t the only way for the bacteria to enter the body, but that oral intake of micro-organisms via contaminated hands is also a risk.

Another added protection measure is wearing gloves. This doesn’t mean you should then not wash your hands before eating. A physical barrier in addition to washing hands obviously provides better protection.

Masks can be worn in high-risk situations, such as when opening a bag of potting mix. Directing the bag away from yourself when opened, and being in a well-ventilated area, will decrease any inhalation risk.

People who have a lower immunity, such as those with diseases such as HIV or lymphoma, diabetes, any immunosuppressant use, or generally older in age are more at risk of catching something from potting mix. So it’s even more important they use extra appropriate precautions, including wearing masks when in higher-risk situations.

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COLOURED 4 INCH / 10CM PLANT TAGS, AVAILABLE IN PINK, RED, BLUE, GREEN, BLACK AND YELLOW! YOU WILL GET 25 TAGS. IF YOU HAVE A COLOUR PREFERENCE PLEASE ADD IT IN THE NOTES ON YOUR ORDER AT CHECKOUT - WE WILL ATTEMPT TO GIVE YOU THE COLOUR YOU WANT BUTSee more...
COLOURED 4 INCH / 10CM PLANT TAGS, AVAILABLE IN PINK, RED, BLUE, GREEN, BLACK AND YELLOW! YOU WILL GET 25 TAGS.
IF YOU HAVE A COLOUR PREFERENCE PLEASE ADD IT IN THE NOTES ON YOUR ORDER AT CHECKOUT – WE WILL ATTEMPT TO GIVE YOU THE COLOUR YOU WANT BUT CANNOT GUARANTEE ANY PARTICULAR COLOUR.
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ULTRA CUTE LOVE HEART PLANT TAGS! PERFECT FOR TAGGING GIFTED PLANTS! COLOURED 8.4CM TALL, 4.8CM WIDE PLANT TAGS, AVAILABLE IN PINK, BLUE, WHITE AND GREEN! YOU WILL GET 20 TAGS PER LOT. THESE ARE GOOD QUALITY TAGS, REASONABLY THICK AND DURABLE. IF YOU HAVE A COLOUR PREFERENCE PLEASE ADD ITSee more...
ULTRA CUTE LOVE HEART PLANT TAGS! PERFECT FOR TAGGING GIFTED PLANTS! COLOURED 8.4CM TALL, 4.8CM WIDE PLANT TAGS, AVAILABLE IN PINK, BLUE, WHITE AND GREEN! YOU WILL GET 20 TAGS PER LOT.
THESE ARE GOOD QUALITY TAGS, REASONABLY THICK AND DURABLE.
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WE GREW THESE OURSELVES SO WE CAN SELL THEM TO OUR BUYERS PRETTY CHEAPLY! Easy to grow and care for and a stunning architectural plants that can be grown as a houseplant in the home or outside as a statement in the garden!  Large stems of small, fragrant cream flowersSee more...

WE GREW THESE OURSELVES SO WE CAN SELL THEM TO OUR BUYERS PRETTY CHEAPLY!

Easy to grow and care for and a stunning architectural plants that can be grown as a houseplant in the home or outside as a statement in the garden!  Large stems of small, fragrant cream flowers that bees adore! These seeds have come from our own trees. It’s been 18 years that I have been waiting and although they flower every year they never flowered at the same time! They finally grew flowers at the same time this year, the flowers were pollinated and now we have seeds! The seeds take 4 months to dry on the plant and were harvested a few weeks ago.

These grow a huge bulb at the base which stores water for the plant and makes them extremely heavy! Make sure you plant any garden grown specimen in the right place, getting them out of the soil is not a bother as they grow hardly any deep roots but to try dragging them across the garden on a tarp has got to be one of the hardest things I have ever done in the garden! With such shallow roots they are fine to plant over water pipes and such, they will not dive down into your pipes! Our two trees live in the middle of our two cement driveways, they get extreme heat in summer and are in full sun. They are extremely drought tolerant and take little care, we strip the dead leaves a few times a year and cut off the dead flower spikes and that is about it. No watering and no issues. They attract ladybirds and we often see the babies hatching out by the hundreds! We save the dead leaves for lighting our fireplace in winter and they can be composted too.

Mine have no insect damage of any kind ever. These can be kept outside or inside as a houseplant. If you keep it inside it will need to be watered but not too much!

Grow Notes
Cold and drought tolerant. Suited for use as an indoor potted plant, garden specimen, or used in landscaping.

Sow
Sow on the surface and cover very lightly. Do not bury seeds deeply as they require a degree of light to germinate. Keep warm & moist but not wet.

Germination
14-28 days @ 18-22°C

Maturity

Lives many years, flowers after a few years from seed.

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The Red Flowering Gum, scientifically known as Corymbia ficifolia, is a spectacular native Australian tree renowned for its vibrant red flowers. It belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is primarily found in the south-western coastal regions of Western Australia. This tree is highly prized for its ornamental value and adaptabilitySee more...

The Red Flowering Gum, scientifically known as Corymbia ficifolia, is a spectacular native Australian tree renowned for its vibrant red flowers. It belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is primarily found in the south-western coastal regions of Western Australia. This tree is highly prized for its ornamental value and adaptability to various garden settings.

Description

  • Size: Corymbia ficifolia typically grows to a height of 2 to 10 metres, making it suitable for both small and large gardens. In favourable conditions, it can reach up to 15 metres.
  • Bark: The bark is rough, fibrous, and persistent, with a greyish-brown colour.
  • Leaves: The leaves are dark green, lance-shaped, and measure 10-20 cm in length. They are glossy and have a leathery texture.
  • Flowers: The tree produces large, striking clusters of flowers ranging from red to pink, orange, or even cream. Flowering occurs mainly in summer (December to March), attracting a variety of pollinators, including birds and bees.
  • Fruit: The fruits are woody capsules containing numerous small seeds. They are urn-shaped and measure about 2-3 cm in length.

Growing Conditions

  • Climate: Prefers a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and wet winters. It can tolerate coastal conditions and some frost once established.
  • Soil: Grows best in well-drained soils, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It can tolerate poor soils but thrives in nutrient-rich substrates.
  • Sunlight: Requires full sun to develop its best flowering and growth form.
  • Watering: Once established, the Red Flowering Gum is drought-tolerant. However, young trees need regular watering to ensure proper establishment.

Uses and Benefits

  • Ornamental: Highly valued for its stunning flowers, the Red Flowering Gum is a popular choice for street planting, parks, and home gardens. It adds vibrant colour and attracts wildlife.
  • Shade and Shelter: Provides good shade due to its dense foliage, making it an excellent choice for providing shelter in gardens and landscapes.
  • Ecological: The flowers provide nectar for birds and bees, promoting biodiversity. The tree also supports native wildlife by offering habitat and food sources.
  • Erosion Control: Its root system helps stabilise soil, making it useful for erosion control on slopes and embankments.

Corymbia ficifolia, or the Red Flowering Gum, is a versatile and visually stunning tree that can enhance any garden or landscape. Its adaptability, low maintenance requirements, and ecological benefits make it an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add a splash of colour and support local wildlife. Proper planting and care will ensure that this beautiful native tree thrives and continues to be a focal point in your garden for years to come.

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Growing Corymbia ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum) from seed can be a rewarding process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you successfully plant and grow this beautiful native Australian tree.

1. Seed Collection and Preparation

  • Seed Collection: Collect seeds from mature seed capsules. The capsules should be brown and woody, typically maturing in late summer to autumn.
  • Seed Extraction: Place the seed capsules in a paper bag and store them in a warm, dry place. The capsules will open, releasing the seeds. Shake the bag to separate the seeds from the capsule fragments.
  • Seed Treatment: Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to help soften the seed coat and improve germination rates.

2. Sowing Seeds

  • Seed Tray Preparation: Fill seed trays or small pots with a well-draining seed-raising mix. A mix of 50% sand and 50% peat or compost works well.
  • Sowing Depth: Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil and lightly cover them with a thin layer (about 1-2 mm) of the seed-raising mix or fine sand.
  • Spacing: Space the seeds about 1-2 cm apart in the tray to allow for growth and reduce competition.

3. Germination

  • Watering: Gently water the seed trays to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Use a spray bottle or a fine mist to avoid disturbing the seeds.
  • Temperature: Keep the seed trays in a warm, sunny location. The ideal temperature for germination is between 20°C and 25°C.
  • Light: Ensure the seeds receive plenty of indirect sunlight. If growing indoors, place the trays near a bright window or under grow lights.
  • Germination Time: Seeds typically germinate within 2 to 4 weeks, but it can take longer, so be patient and continue to care for the seedlings.

4. Seedling Care

  • Thinning: Once the seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves and are about 5-10 cm tall, thin them out if necessary to prevent overcrowding. Keep the strongest seedlings.
  • Transplanting: When the seedlings are about 10-15 cm tall and have a well-developed root system, they are ready to be transplanted into individual pots or directly into the garden.
  • Hardening Off: Before transplanting outdoors, harden off the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions over a week or two. Start by placing them outside in a sheltered spot for a few hours each day, gradually increasing the time.

By following these steps, you can successfully grow Corymbia ficifolia from seed and enjoy the beauty of this stunning native tree in your garden.

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THIS IS A GREAT SEED PLANTER – IT HELPS YOU TO MEASURE SEEDS OUT SLOWLY SO THEY DON’T RUSH OUT AND ANNOY THE HECK OUT OF YOU!

THIS HAS FIVE OUTLETS IN THE ROUND TOP RIGHT FROM TINY TO LARGE AND AN OFF SETTING!

THE SPOUT HAS RAISED LINES WHICH STOPS THE SEEDS RUSHING ALONG THE SPOUT TOO! THE CLEAR SECTION HELPS YOU SEE WHAT’S INSIDE AND LIFTS OFF SO IT’S EASY TO GET YOUR SEEDS INSIDE IT!

IT’S ALSO A DECENT SIZE SO IT’S EASY TO HANDLE EVEN FOR MY ARTHRITIC HANDS! THE NUMBERS ON THE TOP ARE RAISED TO HELP THOSE THAT CAN’T SEE TOO WELL (ALSO LIKE ME!).

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TOONA SINESIS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN! AN EDIBLE PINK TREE! A REAL MAHOGANY TREE THAT CAN BE GROW IN A POT OR AS A BONSAI – IS A FOOD SOURCE (THE GROWING TIPS ARE DELICIOUS AND HAVE AN ONION FLAVOUR) AND IT HAS A SPECTACULAR JAW DROPPING COLOUR TOO! DEPENDING ONSee more...

TOONA SINESIS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN! AN EDIBLE PINK TREE! A REAL MAHOGANY TREE THAT CAN BE GROW IN A POT OR AS A BONSAI – IS A FOOD SOURCE (THE GROWING TIPS ARE DELICIOUS AND HAVE AN ONION FLAVOUR) AND IT HAS A SPECTACULAR JAW DROPPING COLOUR TOO!

DEPENDING ON THE POLLINATION, WEATHER AND SOIL YOU MAY GET RED, ORANGE/RED (CALLED ORANGE FLAME), PURPLE, WHITE OR PINK OR A MIXTURE. SIMPLY AMAZING!

Toona sinensis (syn. Cedrela sinensis A.Juss.; Chinese mahogany, Chinese toon, or red toon (Chinese: ??; pinyin: xi?ngch?n; Hindi: daaraluu; Malay: suren; Vietnamese: tông dù) is a species of Toona native to eastern and southeastern Asia, from North Korea south through most of eastern, central and southwestern China to Nepal, northeastern India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and western Indonesia.

It is a deciduous tree growing to 25 metres (82 ft) tall with a trunk up to 70 cm diameter. The bark is brown, smooth on young trees, becoming scaly to shaggy on old trees. The flowers are produced in summer in panicles 30–50 cm long at the end of a branch; each flower is small, 4–5 mm diameter, with five white or pale pink petals. The fruit is a capsule 2–3.5 cm long, containing few seeds.

The young leaves of T. sinensis (xi?ngch?n) are extensively used as a vegetable in China; they have a floral, yet onion-like flavor, attributed to volatile organosulfur compounds. Plants with red young leaves are considered of better flavour than those where the young leaves are green.

The timber is hard and reddish; it is valuable, used for furniture making and for bodies of electric guitars. Being a “true mahogany” (mahogany other than Swietenia), it is one of the common replacements for Swietenia mahogany (“genuine mahogany”) which is now commercially restricted from being sourced natively.

THE SEEDS ARE LARGE, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Prefers full to part sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Soak the seeds in warm water overnight. Spread on a damp paper towel in a container or bowl with cling wrap over the top, and leave the seeds in a warm spot to germinate. Keep the paper towel damp.

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Plant seeds in Spring a clean pot with damp soil, add a very light covering of sand, glad wrap the entire thing and wait.

Once seeds germinate, using a pop stick, pot them up with potting compost and water in well – when you move them hold them by the leaves to be sure not to damage the roots.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-14 days at 17-25°C

Maturity
Deciduous tree growing to 25m.

 

Picture by Nadiatalent, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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