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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.

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

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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