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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
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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

Gardening

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

 

The Hobby

The Garden

One of the most pleasurable hobbies is small-scale-horticulture-the science and art of raising vegetables, fruits, flowers or ornamental plants through the cultivation of a garden, orchad, or nursery. This is specially delightful when its small enough to simply be called backyard gardening, something you engage in as a pastime when you want to unwind after the exhausting and unremitting routine of the rat races.

Gardening fulfills three principal health factors of Exercise for older women: the effect on bone density, safety and the ability to continue the activity without getting bored or dropping out.

 


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Water Hyacinth

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

 

"The Hyacinth Lily or Water Hyacinth"

Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes Mart Solms) is a blooming pond plant floats freely in lakes or ponds. A candle light in its petals and its light blue to violet in color grows up to 3 feet tall.It is used in flower arrangements and in making bags, baskets, decorative ropes and strings.

How to take Care Water Hyacinth

  1. First thing to consider in planting water hyacinth is the climate of your place. Water hyacinth grows best in neutral pH, water high in macronutrients, warm temperatures (28° to 30°C), and high light intensities. To plant it, just throw your plant(s) into the water. You can grow water hyacinth  in a large pot with no drainage of you live in Southern State.
  2. The water hyacinth grows fast.  To prevent the water hyacinth spread that may cause to choke out your pond, tie s string 2 inches above the water around their growing area. Do this every period.
  3. It is best when you add an aquatic fertilizer (small amount of fertilizer) if their leaves turn yellow. You can put fish to your pot or pond; it helps fertilize your water hyacinth.
  4. Don’t grow your water hyacinth on a shady pond, it will not do will. Make sure it is provided by a full natural sunlight.

    Eichhornia crassipes Mart Solms

    Water Hyacinth

Additional Info:

Water Hyacinth is considered to be the most hardworking natural wastewater purifiers. It feeds upon many types of air and water pollutants, manufactures fresh oxygen and is aesthetically pleasing when in full bloom. It indicates the level of pollution in the water – the healthier it is the more polluted the water, the thinner it is or the absence of it the cleaner the water.