Thanks to garden98011's tip, we happened to be south of Seattle this last weekend and stopped by Jungle Fever Exotics. He doesn't have a web presence, no website...not even his own computer! So, looking around, I saw what a wonderful place this must be, granted it is January but all of us gardeners know potential! He gave me permission to take some pictures so I will share those....I got a card, the address is 5050 N. Pearl, Tacoma, WA 98407 and phone 253-759-1669. The selection, now, in Winter was amazing! There were rather a few things that I am going back for, I can't even begin to name all the goodies, all I can say is if you are in the neighborhood, stop in. Keep in mind, this is ALL outside, right now.
Jan 17, 2008 | 9:40 PM PST
, slow bolting
WOO HOO! Time to plant spinach, been pretty well staying around 40 during the day and got a pack of slow bolting spinach. Going to keep an eye on the weather and if it cooperates there will be spinach soon!
My landlady brought a huge, beautiful...overgrown and rootbound
poinsettia right before Christmas. So it sat, and I looked at it for a
few days. In my office building wholesale slaughter was occurring. The
plant people brought in tremendous amounts of poinsettias and placed
them all up and down all the halls. This is a 15 story building, mind
you. After they started suffering, they THREW THEM AWAY and placed NEW
ones there. They would not allow anyone to take the 'refuse' as they
have to account for each and every one. That killed me. I thought about
that as I looked at this beastie whom I have never had, nor tried to
keep. I am a sucker for things with leaves (ok...and fur...and
claws...that go 'Meow') so I just couldn't do anything BUT decide to
actually keep it. I took it outside, I had a big square pot that was
going to eventually be a banana pot but the banana has rather a bit of
growing to do before it is ready for a pot this size anyways, haha.
Then I find out it has a 'cage' of sorts to keep it upright (are these
even MEANT to be kept alive???) and to get it out of this there was
going to be some loss. Several of the branches did break off, but not
too bad. The roots? There was NO way to break them up, it will take
awhile but I hope it just 'gets over it'. I cut a bit but that was all
I could do. Bring it in, it seemed happy, still does. I have decided
this plant will live. We shall see :D Otherwise, I got a nice big pot
for something else ;)
Why do they call it a tree if it actually is more of a vine? Good question but they sure do taste good as well as seem to grow good too, haha. They just popped up, and were doing their thing and stopped so I figure, ok, maybe it is just cold...perhaps they just start fast and grow slow? So there they sat, with the cute little 'baby' leaves (what sis the term for those???) and doing....well...pretty much nothing but taking up windowsill space! So...I started watering them with cold black coffee. That is ALL. No water. Nope. Just my old, cold coffee.
They went NUTS. In the past two weeks they decided to grow, lol, so that is what they get. Coffee.
On another note, the cuttings in the green glass are Cuban Oregano. The only ones I have as, for some reason, the parent plant just died. Who knows? Que Sera, Sera. My motto? If it grows, great, if not, plant something else there! I figure it this way, they are very healthy and rooting nicely, seem to be content to stay in the water (maybe I should give one some room...set it the top of a flared vase and see what happens?) so I have no great rush nor need to plant them as of yet. Thinking I am going to wait till it gets warm enough outside for them. The one in the shot glass is a piece of my orange tree, I will put a pic below as it is the one I am making bonsai. It shot that piece UP right in the center and that is not an allowable thing, in my book, so I cut it off :D There I was, standing, looking at this nice...green growth. Yard waste? Why not give it a chance. We shall see what happens!