Friday, 27 April 2012

Dragon Fruit Info

Round, often red colored fruit with prominent scales. The thin rind encloses the large mass of sweetly flavored white or red pulp and small black seeds. Some varieties are pinkish or yellow.

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Description: A vining, terrestrial or epiphytic cactus, with fleshy stems reaching from a few inches up to 20ft long (in mature plants). The plant may grow out of, and over the ground or climb onto trees using aerial roots. Flowers are ornate and beautiful, and many related species are propagated as ornamentals. They bloom only at night, and usually last just one night where pollination is necessary to set fruit. In full production, pitahaya plants can have up to 4-6 fruiting cycles per year.

Hardiness: Will tolerate temperatures to 104F, and short periods of frost, but prolonged cold will damage or kill the plant.
Growing Environment: Dragon Fruit grows best in dry, tropical or subtropical climates where annual rainfall ranges from 20-50" per year. In wet, tropical zones, plants may grow well but sometimes have problems setting fruit reliably. The plants aren't usually too picky as to soil type, but because of their epiphytic nature, it is recommended to grow them in soil that is supplemented with high amounts of organic material. The plant has been grown successfully in sandy soils. Shade is sometimes provided in hot climates.

Propagation: By seed, or by stem cuttings.
Uses: The fruit is popular eaten chilled, out of hand. It is also used to flavor drinks and pastries. Unopened flowerbuds are cooked and eaten as vegetables.
Native Range: The exact origin is unknown, but is likely from Southern Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. It is cultivated around the world in tropical regions.


Dragon Fruit climbing a wall

Dragon Fruit flower

Flower blooming

Growing on trellis

Flower blooming

Flower closed, with baby fruit

Leaves and fruits

Flower blooming

The Flower was resembles to "Queen Of The night " Plants (In same Families)

(Queen Of The Night  Pic)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Jasmine Polyanthum

Jasmine polyanthum also referred to as winter jasmine, pink jasmine or Chinese evergreen jasmine is a native of China and a member of the Olive family (Oleaceae). It produces very fragrant, star-shaped white flowers that start as rosy, pink pointed buds. The woody vine is a vigorous grower that can with support climb up to 20 ft outdoors. It is grown as a ground cover, on a trellis, in a container or in a hanging basket. It can be grown outdoors year round in zone 9 and up.
Jasmine prefers well-drained fertile soil. It needs at least 4 hours of bright direct sun and can be grown in full sun outdoors. Water regularly during the growing season and fertilize every 2-3 weeks with a high phosphorous fertilizer (15-30-15) to encourage blooming.
Bloom set
J. polyanthum is a seasonal bloomer that will set bud when exposed to temperatures below 40-60 F for 4-6 weeks.  It blooms primarily in late winter into spring and then sporadically throughout the year.
In colder climates, bring the plant indoors when night temperatures reach 40 F and treat it like a houseplant.   Place your jasmine in bright filtered light and keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy.  Provide increased humidity during the winter by placing the plant on a pebble tray . Once the flower buds are set, move  it in a sunny bright, cool location.  J. polyanthum requires less water in the winter.
To control the vigorous growth, Jasmine needs frequent pinching. Cut the plant back after blooming and during the summer to control growth and prevent tangling.
Repot into pots 1-2 sizes larger every 2-3 years in the spring after flowering.
Propagate in the summer from tip cuttings or by layering. They can also be started from seed which do not require stratification.

Spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs and scale.
It can also be susceptible to iron chlorosis (yellowing leaves with dark green veins) which can be corrected by adding chelated iron to the fertilizer when needed.
Example Video

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