Flowering Ornamental- Celosia

May 24, 2011 6 comments

Good things about Celoisa

Celoisa is a flowering plant that is composed of  Kimono and Pagoda series. Celoisa is an annual plant (new plants grow from seed each year) Celoisa Kimono

Celoisa

Celoisa flower

comes in cherry red, orange and scarlet. Considered dwarf and grow well under warm and sunny conditions. The Pagoda series which comes from gold, orange and red. Usually Pagoda series developed in pot culture.

To propagate Celoisa, start with the seeds indoors for 6-8 weeks. After that, you can plant it outdoor. Usually seeds germinate up to 10 days.

Good thing about celoisa is that it can be planted in containers for dwarf one. Celoisa produces large and brightly colored feathery flower heads that can be used in bouquets and dried flower arrangement.

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Ornamental Plant-Zinnia

May 18, 2011 5 comments

bella zinnia

bella zinnia - ornamental plant

What is this Zinnia?  Zinnias are member of Aster family of plants. It originated in Mexico and Southwest United States. Zinnia is compose of Bella series that consist of plants that are well branched that has a double flower and Profusion series that has a single flowers and usually dwarf. Bella series is composed of  Bella  ivory,  Bella orange,  Bella pink,  Bella scarlet,  Bella scarlet & yellow,  Bella cherry& ivory and Bella cherry. Series of Profusion comes from cherry white and orange.

bella zinnia

bella zinnia-double

They are good to have ot in your garden since it is composed of different colors. They are also good to plant in container; it makes your garden wonderful and attractive. You can also use them as border plant.

Another good thing about zinnias is that they don’t need much attention since they can tolerate heat, humidity and drought. They also have a strong stems and staking is not necessary.

Bandera Espanola Plants:Uses|Impotance

May 1, 2011 1 comment

The bandera Espanola

bandera espanola plant

Bandera Espanola( Canna indica)  is the long genus of the family Cannaceae which is only comprised of 20 species from Central and South America. The name originated from the Greek name for a certain type of reed. Since the type species, C.indica, ca survive submerged in 6 inches of water, it behaves quite like the aquatic plant. However, it is not a native of India, but of the Wes Indies.

It is quite surprising that plant breeding of this tropical and subtropical genus was initiated and continuously  done in temperate countries. The reason  is more surprising because Cannas require a minimum of only six hours of a sunlight in order to grow in almost any type of soil. and seedlings will produce flowers in less than a year. Once they bloom, artificial pollination may be done again.

The bandera espanola

bandera espanola

The Plants and their uses and Importance

Commonly known  as Indian canna, Indian shot, edible canna, and arrowroot, the hard, round seeds of these plants are used by America Indians as bullets to kill their enemies. The Rhizomes are harvested  for the flour that is why the plants are cultivated as a root crop just like the arrowroot or uraro( Maranta Arundinacea) but can also be eaten raw or cooked. In fact, for human consumption in the Andes, Vietnam , and  Southern China where the starch is made into glass noodles or sotanghon.

The Plant is always bearing fruits and the seeds can be disseminated days after flower opening. The seeds can be used as material for jewelry and as a source of purple dye. these are also, used as moving elements of the kayamb, a musical instrument from Reunion, as well as the hosho, a gourd rattle from Zimbabwe. In India, the seeds are fermented to produce alcohol. Immature seeds are used as extender for tortillas.  On the other hand, young shoots that contain at least 10 percent protein are harvested and cooked as vegetable, whole the fibers from leaves are made into paper. Even the rhizome has medicinal value. It is used as a diuretic when boiled and serves as as calmative in bladder spasms.

Dragon Fruit and its Benefits

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Dragon Fruit

A Dragon Fruit also known as Pitahaya, a vine like cactus that is known commercially in Asia. The fruit is oblong in shape and bright pink to red, green tipped overlapping scales rind. The edible portion is white or red, with hundreds of tiny black seeds. Its taste is sweet and juicy like pear and watermelon.

Matured Plants could be loaded with flower buds and open at 11:00 pm the following night, that is very luminous. The flowers close at noon when temperature rises and fruit formation begins. The peeling of a Dragon Fruit can be made into  fruit wine.

Bloom at night

Dragon Fruit Flower

In Philippines the flowers that do not fall from the fruits and become dry; these can be used for cooking sinigang( a Filipino soup or stew characterized by its sour flavor most often associated by tamarind).

Some benefits of Dragon Fruit are the folowing:

  • It prevents formation of cancer causing free radicals.
  • It helps the tissue development and strengthens the teeth and the bones
  • It also help the body metabolism and moisturizes your skin.
  • It can help also in improving your memory

Flower Arrangement

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Roses

  • Arrangement must depend upon the receiver.
  • For a wrapped bouquet with dried abaca weave or crazy cut, make sure the color of your wrapping materials compliments with the flowers.
  • Should you put to use clear containers, add square cut colored foam to hide the green foam at the bottom.
  • Use flowers in different stages of development, from bud to full bloom. A rosebud suggest a heart innocent of love. A single-stemmed one in full bloom means “I Love You”. Bouquet of Roses in full bloom signifies gratitude.
  • Place the buds with long stems at the top and short stems at the sides. Put the largest and fullest flowers at the center, with the blosomming flowers around the edges, to form a focal area.
  • Turn open flowers such as roses, daffodils, gerbera etc. at different angles to show the different slope.
  • Neutral colors such as white, orange, peach, blue, and yellow flowers are appropriate for men. Almost any color fits women depending on the intended message. Pink signifies gratitude, yellow is for apology, white is for beauty and red is for love, courage and respect.
  • Let the color of the flowers and foliages compliment.
  • Make use of different types of foliages.
  • Use less flowers to allow you to mix- and-match foliages creatively.
  • Incorporate balloons, stuffed toys, valentine cards, or chocolate to your arrangement.

    Flowers with chocolate

How To Breed Ti Plants(Miracle Plant)

March 27, 2011 2 comments

Hailed s the KING of Tropical foliage plants. Ti Plants of the genus Cordyline(read as kor-di-LY-nee) are noted for their hardiness as ornamentals. In addition, the leaves of recent varieties( hybrid of cloned cultivars) have more striking variegation and vibrant   colors. Would you believe that a single leaf could display up to seven hues at one time or another in the plant’s life?

To Cross-pollinate Ti-Plants:

  1. Emasculate the flowers before they open; this may be done in the afternoon or very early the next morning on flower buds with loose tepals or those that will surely open. Using a clean pair of forceps, remove all anthers( there are 6 of them in every flower) by clipping them from the filament. The younger flower buds may be removed or some branches  on the panicle may be served to facilitate bagging.
  2. Cover each emasculated flower or the whole inflorescence with an appropriate bag made of paper or plastic. Remove the cover just before pollination.
  3. Harvest anthers before it shed pollen grains by picking with a pair of forceps and placing in a suitable container near an electric bulb or tube. Pollen grains can be collected from the container of several anthers or from intact anthers with available pollen. Carefully pick each anther with pollen grains using a clean forceps. Surface sterilize the same forceps. Surface sterilize the same forceps in 85% ethyl alcohol before using on another source of pollen grains( a different plant or cultivar).
  4. gently rub or sprinkle the pollen grains on the sticky stigmas of the flower that have been emasculated previously. replace the protective covering o prevent contamination with unwanted pollen.
  5. put individual tags on pollinated  flowers if pollen grains were obtained from different sources or just tag the entire inflorescence if the same cross pollination is done on all flowers.
  6. Record the crosses made and date of pollination on a notebook. It may become a valuable source of information for future breeding works.Ti plant

How To Make Money In Plants

March 20, 2011 1 comment

Foliage Anthurium can be profitable.

There are many opportunities in the  plant business. All you have to do is discover for yourself what you can beat grow and market under your circumstances.

The first thing to do is to Look for Something New. One that is beautiful and different or better then what is available in the market (newly collected plant from the wild, newly introduced plant from a foreign country, newly developed hybrid by a plant breeder, mutated plant).

Next,  Something for Collectors.When you have acquired a plant that is something new, visualize its  commercial possibilities. Not all new plant are for the mass market. Your plant could be mutant. It is  possible that the plants is mainly for people who collect plants because they are rare.

You can also produce seedlings for sale. One other way of making money in ornamentals is germinating seeds to produce seedlings for sale. You need to select the seedling to produce, one that has a market. Remember that ornamentals also grow out of style. So be aware about trends. Produce seedlings that you believe you will be able to sell.The beauty about growing seedlings  for sale is that it does not require a very big space. Example of seedlings you can produce: different variety of palms, bromeliads, and aroids.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads