Tropical Treasures Magazine
Pushing the limits of tropical gardening.
Growing tropical plants in non-tropical climate and indoors.
© Tropical Treasures Magazine 2007 -
Nature’s Food and Pharmacy
The King of Spices: black pepper
There are many pepper plants
in many regions all over the world,
but there is only one black pepper
plant. It originated in India, where
it still grows wild in the mountains.
Growing Black pepper
Growers of beauty
...The man is Brendon Grimshaw,
now 86 years of age.
And his love, is his island.
What so many would call the ultimate
nature lover, Mr. Grimshaw
has single handedly preserved a
piece of our world until its end. It
took, however, a fearless leap of
faith and strength into a new, and
unknown existence. He had to leave
everything in the world he had
known behind him, and dedicate
himself to a life of nearly total isolation.
With his act, he unknowingly
pioneered a new level of nature
preservation that has set the highest
boundaries for what a single
man is capable of accomplishing...
Top Tropicals guide to late-season plants
(Fall through Early Spring) in SOUTH Florida
...Living in South Florida,
you soon take notice that
the people who reside here
are as diverse as our plants themselves—
and boy, are we known for
our snowbirds! Many Floridians that
live here only do so for some of the
year. They will live up north during
our hot summer months, then start
to migrate back down south starting
at around late September, and
returning home by about Mother’s
Day in May. Many original northerners
that have found their home away
from home here have really come
to appreciate and admire our plants,
becoming southern garden enthusiasts
themselves! However, even at
Top Tropicals we have seen a high
demand for plants that will really explode
with life during their stay here
which they can fully enjoy...
Ask the pros: Tropical treasures Q&A
Transplanting plants from pots into ground and from ground into pots.
...Planting instructions for mail order plants suggest to pot a
newly arrived plant and give it time
to establish before planting in the
ground. There is a reason for it...
...Most of plants go from container
into the ground. However,
sometimes it works the other way
around; a plant must leave the place
where it was growing and find its
new home in a container...
Cold protection tips
...Q: My plants were killed during record
freeze last winter and I would like to
replace them, but do not want to risk the
same mistake. For cold protection, I would
like to install a small greenhouse, but have
found that they are very expensive. What
should I do?..
A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Looking at the Green
...My friend told me how, though he
had asked his father several times why
they would spend so much time looking
at the green, he never quite understood
the purpose of the exercise— only that
his father would simply say, “It’s good for
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