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Here is where I share all my tropical garden design, concepts, themes & experiences, secrets and tips in gardening, plant care, my plant discoveries, experiments of my trials & errors.

I'm blessed with the Hot & Wet Tropical Climate and my endeavour with Tropical Garden & Rare, Exotic Plants.

I am a Plant Enthusiast and Gardening is a major part of my life where I love to share my thoughts, experiences & life work.

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

How to Grow & Care for Aglaonema Plants

How to Care & Cultivate Dieffenbachia Plant Collection




This is my collection of Dieffenbachia (Dumbcane) which I had managed to cultivate and grow. Strangely as it may seemed - I find some of the varieties are easier than others and some are stubbornly difficult and easily succumb to pest attack and easily rot away. 

1) Toxicity 

Firstly I would like to mention the toxicity of this plant. Therefore to plant it in a safe distance where you won't accidentally brush the leaves or place it far where toddlers or pets would not have access to it as consuming may cause swelling on the throat and tongue which can be hazardous to health & wellbeing. 

2) Difference between Agloanema Plant and Dieffenbachia Plant. 

The Difference between the stem structure and leaf features. I had find many had slightly confused with Agloanema species which is closely related with particular species. As for one, I would consider if it is Agloanema - there will be more red coloration on its foliage and colors included on the stem too. 

Dieffenbachia however is very much grows tall and leggy, also bigger and hardy in comparison to Agloanema. Also factor is that the base dominant color is green with (white to cream tones) the difference of splashes, streaks and dots that makes the unique difference in the patterns which is somehow difficult to put in a uniform factor as each foliage is uniquely different from each other. 

3) The Pest Problems: 

Snail & Slug usually go for the new shoot and leaf bud at center crown. And usual checking will help to minimize the damage and the use of snail bait to control the problem.
 
4) Pruning the Yellow and Dried Leaves to keep them neat & tidy. 

Names of the Dieffenbachia Species: 
Dieffenbachia amoena, 
 Dieffenbachia seguine , 
Dieffenbachia amoena 'Tropic Snow' , 
Dieffenbachia maculata Rudolph Roehrs , 
Dieffenbachia Puerto Rico, 
Dieffenbachia "Mary' , 
Dieffenbachia 'Mayan Jade' , 
Dieffenbachia 'Tropical Tiki' , 
Dieffenbachia Memoria corsii, 
Dieffenbachia candida, 
Dieffenbachia 'Mosaic', 
Dieffenbachia maculata 'Camille', 
 Dieffenbachia standleyi,


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Top 10 Hanging Cascading Plants (video)





This is My Cascading Foliage Collection. 
I wanted to identify to you the Top 10 Hanging Cascading Plants.
Basically all of these are mainly Epiphytes Collection. 
Here I'm showcasing to you these species: 

1) Huperzia Species: 
Huperzia phlegmaria, 
Huperzia nummularifolia, 
Huperzia squrrosa, 

2) Epiphyllum Species: Queen of the Night 
Epiphyllum crenatum, 
Epiphyllum 'Curly Locks', 

3) Bromeliads species: 
Neoregelia compacta, 
Neoregelia 'Fire Ball', 
Cryptanthus bivittatus, 

4)Orchids: 
Cymbidium finlaysonianum, 
Bulbophyllum sp., 
Oberonia sp., 
Dendrobium leonis, 
Dendrobium alifolium, 
Dendrobium terminate, 
Seidenfadenia mitrata, 

5) Hoya species: 
Hoya Kerri 'variegata' 
Hoya carnosa 'variegata' 

6) Dischidia species: 
 Dischidia oiantha 'variegata' 
Dischidia albiflora 

7) Rhipsalis species: 
Rhipsalis baccifera 
Rhipsalis mesembryanthemoides 
Rhipsalis paradoxa 

8) Ferns: 
Bird Nest Fern 
Rabbit's Foot Fern 

9) Selaginella sp: 
Selaginella uncinata 
Selaginella willdenowii 

10) Tillandsia species: 
Tillandsia ionantha 
Tillandsia cyanea
Tillandsia 'Cotton Candy' 
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) 

 Another factor concerning this arrangement creates bio-diversity in gardening style and one of the benefits that comes from this is that there is no pest problems. 

As such - I DO NOT USE pesticide in my garden. 

Bio-Diversity helps in keeping pest at best. 

Other factor - These grow in semi-shaded indirect area in my garden. 
Watering is important - too much water can cause them root rot - just keeping them moist and fresh - I lightly mist them and if at all only water them 2-3 days once and refrain from watering on rainy days.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Quick Care Tips: Giant Elephant Ears Plants (video)



Here are the Collection of 3 different Types of Elephant Ears which I'm showcasing here:

1) Alocasia Macrohiza 'Black Stem'
2) Giant Taro - Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant'
3) Blue Taro - Xanthosoma violaceum

Tip 1:
Shade Lover These are slightly shade loving plants - too much direct sun can scorch the leaves - as they are tender and fragile.
They can be acclimated to direct sun provided they grow under a shaded tree.

Tip 2:
Since they are in shade Do watch out for spider mites - however spider mites do not like wet humid area and be sure to keep the leaves wet and spray on them often or you can wash them with light soap to get rid of them.

Tip 3:
The Bigger the Plant - the Thirsty It Gets
Especially the Blue Taro where I grow them inside an aquatic feature container where it is freely growing inside the container without any soil medium and it's doing just fine. Not all species can do this as I had tried with Black Stem Alocasia which it had rotten away.

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Quick Care Tips: Colocasia 'Black Magic' & 'Black Ripple' (video)



These are my Colocasia collection commonly known as Black Taro.
Here in my collection are two types:

Colocasia esculenta ' Black Magic' & Colocasia esculenta ' Black Ripple'

1) Tip 1:
Grow & Cultivate them in direct sunlight as they are sun lovers.
If they are grown in shade they will turn more on green notes and the black pigmentation will not be so visible.

2) Tip 2:
These are aquatic plants and require water-logged pots where their root ball is sitting in water. If their root ball gets dries up - the leaves will wither and will have burned marks at the edges.

3) Tip 3:
Since they are exposed to direct sun & rain and the plants grow without drainage holes - do check on them from time to time concerning mosquito breeding in them.

Here - I grow other aquatic plants so that there is no chance for water stagnation and that helps deter mosquitoes from laying their eggs here.

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