Sunday, 18 March 2012

Tamarind


 

Each person born on tropics has a story to tell about the tamarind. As tamarind season approaches on the                               Eastern plains of Colombia, women start the harvest to make “tamarindada” to offer the thirsty farmers                              following an intense day of work. In Trinidad and Jamaica, tamarind is a popular refreshing snack. Asians,                            particularly in Thailand and India, have a long tradition of eating and cooking with tamarind. So many people                                   it seems use this fruit to create delicious salsas, chutneys and sauces.
The tamarind fruit is actually a pod, being smooth and brittle to the touch; inside the pasty flesh clings                                         tightly to the hardened dark-brown seeds. The tamarind tree grows easily in South Florida and requires                                          little care. The fruiting season in Florida is February to May but there is often a tree here or there with fruit                                                out of the normal season. Tamarind paste is also available year-round in Asian specialty stores. Tamarind                                                                         is adapted to a wide range of ecological conditions, reflecting its wide geographical distribution                                                                                in the semi-arid tropics.
 
Where to plant. Tamarind should be grown in the full sun. The twigs and branches of Tamarind are                                                    resistant to wind, making it especially useful as a shade or street tree for breezy locations and of                                                                course locations prone to tropical cyclones. Tamarind does not have special soil requirements                                                                    and thrives in the poor soils of South Florida. However the tree is not tolerant of water-logged                                                                      conditions, so if your home garden is reminiscent of the Everglades all efforts should be taken                                                                        to raise the planting area.
 
 
EXAMPLE VIDEO :
TAMARIND Time Lapse
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The tamarind is ease to grow. Fertilization can be done three times a year (March, July and September)                                                     with an 8-3-9 or other fruit tree formulation.  Young trees are pruned to allow three to five well spaced                                                    branches to develop into the main scaffold structure of the tree. Contrary to popular belief, the                                                                 tamarind is not salt-tolerance and will be hurt by both salt spray and salt on its roots.
Propagation. Trees grow easily from seed and usually take four to five years before they begin                                                                       flowering and fruit production. However, seedlings will be of unknown quality. If a specific variety                                                                        is desired a grafted or air-layered tree should be purchased from a reputable nursery.                                                                                              Local nurseries will sell sweet and sour tamarind varieties and they are not usually more specific.                                                                      The tart varieties are generally more suited for cooking and for drinks. The sweet varieties come from                                                      Thailand and are perfect eaten out-of-hand. They have very low acid and are not suitable for the                                                            making of drinks.
Season. In most years tamarind fruit ripen before the rains begin in the spring. If we have an early                                                rainy season much of the crop will be lost to decay. When there are several days of rain on the ripening                                      fruit many fungi will attack the fruit and there will also be a heavy loss to weevils that bore into                                                          the hardened brown seeds, rendering the pulp of the fruit inedible.
Harvest. Tamarinds can be harvested by shaking the branches and collecting the pods on a                                                          mat or sheet beneath the tree. This will only work if the fruit are fully ripened on the tree and the                                                       rains have not started. If the later is so then the fruit must be hand-picked to sort ripe and unripe                                                                fruit to remove decayed fruit.   The fruit of sweet types are harvested at two stages, half-ripe and ripe.                                                       At the half ripe stage the pulp is yellowish green and has the consistency and taste of a ‘Granny Smith’                                                apple. Many here in Florida are unaccustomed to eating a tamarind in this manner, but it is a true                                                   delight and should be tried.
At the fully ripe stage, the pulp shrinks, due to loss of moisture, and changes to reddish brown                                                         and becomes sticky, forming a natural candy perfect for children. Harvested pods are dried in                                                                       the sun for 5-7 days to bring all fruits including the half-mature fruit to the fully ripe stage, and                                                                       storage for 1 year at room temperature and dry place. Both tart and sweet varieties can be stored                                                                         for a year or more if they are kept cool and dry. After one year the color can changes to dark brown                                                                      or black and the sweetness is intensified. The tamarind is truly a fruit that can be saved for a rainy day,                                                        as long as it is not still hanging on the tree.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Calla Lily Care







Calla Lily Care



Calla Lilies


One bulb-like plant found at garden centers but seldom purchased is the calla lily.
Possibly the plants look too exotic to grow in your yard or maybe you've had a little bad luck in the past. This can change by giving the plants just a little extra care.

Calla lilies grow from rhizomes. Gardeners can pick from the traditional white or yellow flowered types or give one of the pink, orange or red hybrids a try. Normally they are purchased as a small cluster of rhizomes ready for planting. They can be planted in the ground but appear to do better in a container where you can better control the water.
Plant in a six inch or larger container filled with potting soil. Sink the rhizomes an inch or two deep in the soil. Then moisten the planted container until water runs from the bottom. Set the pot in a saucer and
allow the excess water to collect and be available for plant use. Part of the secret to calla care appears
 to be keeping the growing plants moist.

Here An Example Video : 
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Following are a few more tips to help care for callas started from rhizomes or purchased as flowering plants.
Grow the plants with morning sun and afternoon shade or a full day of filtered sun.

Water when the surface of the soil just begins to dry.

Feed lightly with a 20-20-20 or similar fertilizer solution every other week.

Protect from winds that could damage the foliage and blooms.

Control chewing insects as needed with natural treatments.
Most calla lilies bloom in 8 to 10 weeks from the planted rhizomes. Some may need two years of culture to produce their first flowers. The blooms and foliage usually declines by early summer. Keep the rhizomes in their containers and on the dry side until ready to grow again during the fall and winter months.

Calla Lily Galery




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Variety Of colour can attract many people eyes,, try to plants them In a qlarge place withe same species But in different colour,U will found a rainbow land~^^


Basic Lily Plants Care


Lily

Stars of the perennial border, summer-flowering lilies are tall, colorful, majestic, and sometimes very fragrant, depending on the species.

About This Plant

With huge, trumpet-shaped flowers borne on tall stems, lilies in full bloom are the focal point of any perennial garden. Numerous types are available with flower colors that include pink, gold, red, orange, and white. Lilies bloom in early summer to fall, depending on the type. Some are extremely fragrant, and all make good cut flowers for large arrangements

Special Features

Fragrant
Good for cut flowers

Site Selection

Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Most lilies prefer slightly acidic soil, except Madonna lilies.

Planting Instructions

Plant lily bulbs in spring or fall, spacing plants 8 to 18 inches apart, depending on variety. Prepare garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole about 6 inches deep and set the bulb in the hole, pointy end up. Fill the hole with soil and firm it gently. Water thoroughly. If hungry voles or mice are a problem, plant lily bulbs in buried wire cages to protect them from getting eaten.

Care

Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Stake tall varieties to keep them upright. As flowers fade, cut back the flower stalks to the base of the plants.

Example Lily Pic :

 

 

 

Here an Video example to care a Lily Plants  :

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See the beauty, this kind of Lily Only can be see in Malaysia ,In Cameron Highland Area~!! ><

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Barrel Cactus Care

 Barrel cactus care is a fairly easy job. These plants are low maintenance, and, thus, a great choice as houseplants for busy people. Keep reading to know about the requirements of barrel cactus care.



There are many varieties of barrel cactus one can choose from. Some of the most beautiful are fire barrel, fishhook barrel and golden barrel. One of the interesting barrel cactus information is that after many years yellow-orange flowers bloom on the crown of these plants. These flowers then develop into interesting looking pineapple shaped fruits (which are not recommended for eating!). When these plants are taken good care of, they can live for many years as houseplants. Do you wish to grow them for many years, and see these flowers too? Well, buy some barrel cacti from a nursery and follow the instructions given below for barrel cactus care.

 

VIDEO OF BARREL CACTUS CARE
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How to Care for Barrel Cactus

Whenever handling barrel cactus, it is important that you take precautions not to injure yourself, as these plants have big needle-like thorns. You can wrap a lot of newspaper around the cactus and use hand gloves when handling these plants.

Buying and Propagating Barrel Cactus: One can easily get barrel cactus plants or seeds from plant nurseries. If it freezes outside during winters in your area, keep your barrel cactus indoors.

Light Requirements: Barrel cactus needs full exposure to the sun. If you have a houseplant, keep it near a window, where it can get plenty of light. Barrel cacti usually grow towards the south direction for preventing sunburn, this behavior gives them the name 'compass cactus'. So, keep turning your plant, because sometimes when it is leaning towards the south direction, soon it might tip over. If the barrel plant has leaned too much on one side, gently place it in the center again.

Humidity and Temperature Maintenance: Barrel cactus usually grows in areas like under the desert canyon walls, along desert washes and gravely slopes. Barrel cactuses prefer a dry, warm and well ventilated surrounding. So, maintain dry and low humidity area when caring for barrel cactus. Maintain a temperature between 45ºF to 80ºF.
Soil Requirements: Cactus prefer moist soil, and sometimes rot in wet soil conditions. To prepare a soil mixture for barrel cactus, sterilize a commercial soil mixture in the oven at 180ºF for 30 minutes. Then add 2 parts of this commercial soil mix with 1 part of gravel or sand, and add perlite. Cactus need a well drained soil, the above soil mix will maintain the plant in a good condition.

Potting Instructions: You can use a small containers or clay dishes, for small-sized barrel cactus care, and big pots for the larger varieties. Always keep in mind that the size of the pot should be larger than that of the root ball by at least few inches for container gardening.



Watering Instructions: Barrel cacti don't need to be watered often. So, a barrel cactus can survive under watering but, over watering this plant causes it to rot. Water the houseplant of barrel cactus once in a month. You can check the watering time, by sticking a wooden stick or pencil in the pot soil, if damp soil is on the stick, do not water the plant. When you find dry soil on the stick, you can give water to the plant. You can use this stick technique for other cacti too.

Fertilization: If you have golden barrels, use high phosphorus fertilizer for care of cactus plants. Most cacti need nitrates, so you can buy plant food which contains nitrates, from a nursery. You can add this fertilizer to the plant 3 times in a year, during spring, summer and autumn.


Pests and Problems: Sometimes pests can attack barrel cactus. The best way to prevent any pests is by changing the soil regularly and using a good soil mix. As you already know that over watering can cause rotting, take special care when watering the plants.
one of the problem that always happen...

So, this was all about barrel cactus care, which one can easily follow. Watering once a month, and maintaining good soil and light conditions, are the most important factors in barrel cactus care. If you follow these instructions, you can grow barrel cactus for years in your house, and, may be some day, even get to see the lovely flowers and fruits on these plants!



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