03 August 2016

If they're plump and hard, do not water

Dwarf Jade,

Elephant Bush

the Elephant's Food


Water Dwarf Jade by the feel of the leaves. If they're plump and hard, do not water. Water when they just begin to soften.

Portulacaria afra

Easy care succulent from South Africa.
Can easily be grown as a houseplant with adequate bright light. Drought tolerant. Chronic over watering can kill the plant. Can go for several years without re-potting. But do let the soil dry out. Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season. Prune by pinching or cutting above a pair of pads.

11 January 2016

Good Luck Pine

Podocarpus macrophyllus
Yew Pine
Southern Yew
Luo Han Song

Foliage with mature seed cones
The oval-shaped fruit which seated on thick fleshy receptacle turns reddish/purplish when ripened, which looks like a little Buddha meditating with a reddish/purplish rope on. The ripe purple-red fruit on female plants are edible, though the seed is not.

If you're buying a Buddhist pine tree bonsai, it's best to purchase a plant with the size trunk you want. Podocarpus trunks develop very slowly, especially in a container.

Podocarpus macrophyllus bonsai

  Podocarpus macrophyllus bonsai

If you're buying a collected tree, be sure it has been in its current container for at least a year (preferably two)

Poducarpus macrophyllus 2
Podocarpus macrophyllus.

Bonsai is often used in the life improvement system of feng shui and are known to be grown on temple grounds of China.

Podocarpus macrophyllus of Odawara Castle Ruins

Buddhist Pine is highly regarded as a feng shui tree

Podocarpus macrophyllus,katori-city,japan
"Podocarpus macrophyllus,katori-city,japan"

The Buddhist Pine, which is not a true pine but a podocarp, is thought to be the harbinger of good fortune. Along with the Bodhi Tree, the Buddhist Pine plays at important inspirational role in Buddhist religion. The fleshy red seeds represent 'disciples' of the Buddha, assuring its owner of never being impoverished

Many believe Luck the pine actually produces attracts good health, that wealth is a by-product of being healthy

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 to 10

When grown outdoors, the evergreen Podocarpus can grow to thirty feet with a spread of about twenty.

Yew Pine, Southern Yew,

Phipps - 008

Buddhist Pine Bonsai in Phipps Conservatory

04 January 2016

Talinum paniculatum

Commonly known as:
  • Old Ladies' Hatpin
  • Pink baby-breath
  • Jewels of Opar

Talinum paniculatum, Old Ladies' Hatpin, Pink baby-breath, Jewels of Opar,
Jewels of Opar do very well in containers indoors in a sunny window

Talinum paniculatum, Old Ladies' Hatpin, Pink baby-breath, Jewels of Opar,
Small pinkish-red flowers on wiry stems

  • Easy care succulent from the Southwest   
  • Well suited for indoors with adequate bright light.
  • A tender perennial with wiry flower stalks topped by a spray of bright pink flowers and ruby-like seedpods. 
  • Has a tuberous Ginseng-like root, 
  • Drought tolerant. Likes a well drained soil. No soggy or flooded soils.
  • Chronic over watering can kill the plant, let the soil dry.
  •  Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season.

In this novel Tarzan returns to Opar, a lost colony of fabled Atlantis


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