Chinese Spiranthes (Spiranthes sinensis) 綬草/清明草

Chinese Spiranthes (Spiranthes sinensis) 綬草/清明草

Chinese Spiranthes plant roots. (Spiranthes sinensis) 綬草/清明草植株的根.

Chinese Spiranthes plant roots. (Spiranthes sinensis) 綬草/清明草植株的根.

One of the famous ground orchids.  This orchid is medicinal use perennial widely in Asia.  Tiny pink or white flowers in spring blooming spirally on the flower stem in Asia.  In cold climate they flower in summer.  Often found them in the grass land or lawn.  Plant self seeds easily in early summer.  Easy to grow in full sun to partial shade location in moist soil but also tolerant light shade.  USDA Zones:6-10.  Mature size:6″-1.5′(W) X 3″-6″(W).

蠻有名的地生蘭的一種.  這種在亞洲常用於藥用為多.  很小的粉紅色或白色花於春天或夏天盛開於同一花梗上以螺旋形向上排列.  多見於野外草地. 開花後容易自行結籽繁殖.  容易栽種於全日照到半日照處於偏溼的土壤,但也能耐散光處.  耐寒度可,但很耐熱.  成熟植株高6吋到1.5呎,寬幅為3-6吋.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiranthes_sinensis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiranthes_sinensis

http://kplant.biodiv.tw/%E7%B6%AC%E8%8D%89/%E7%B6%AC%E8%8D%89.htm

Common Soapwort/Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis) 高性肥皂花/石鹼草

Common Soapwort/Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis) 高性肥皂花/石鹼草

Common Soapwort/Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis) 高性肥皂花/石鹼草

Common Soapwort/Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis) 高性肥皂花/石鹼草

This common perennial is very hardy and easy to grow and could be invasive.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Light pink flowers in mid summer to early fall.  Flowers attract bees.  Good for cut flower.  Mature size: 2′-2.5′(H) X 1′(W).  USDA Zones:5-10.  The plant can be cooked and used as soap alternative.   Self seed easily.  Seeds are toxic if ingested.  Propagate by seeds or division.  Medicinal.

肥皂草屬的多年生草花,株高約2呎-2呎半.  夏天開淡粉紅色頂生的小花,花球不小.  非常容易栽種. 全日照或半日照.  繁殖可分株或用種子. 植株開花時皂苷(Saponin)含量最高可達20%.  聽說全株搗爛煮過的水可取代肥皂水來做洗滌使用,但是我還沒有試過. 此種植物耐寒也耐熱.土壤不拘.    非常容易栽種, 多為野生分佈. 藥用連結資料http://libproject.hkbu.edu.hk/was40/detail?lang=ch&channelid=1288&searchword=herb_id=D00880 有一格友用來製成洗髮精,據她說非常好用. 我也來煮製一些試用..

Carpathian Bellflower (Campanula carpatica ‘Blue Clips’) 矮性叢生風鈴草

Carpathian Bellflower (Campanula carpatica ‘Blue Clips’) 矮性叢生風鈴草

Carpathian Bellflower (Campanula carpatica 'Blue Clips') 矮性叢生風鈴草

Carpathian Bellflower (Campanula carpatica ‘Blue Clips’) 矮性叢生風鈴草

A hardy perennial.  Easy to grow from seeds or division.  Blue (also has white variety) flowers from late spring to frost if keep dead-heading.    Plants self seed easily.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  USDA Zones:2-9.  Mature size:6″-1.5′(H) X 1′-1.5′(W).  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  Excellent for edging and rock garden.

強健易栽種的多年生草花.  容易從種子或分株來繁殖.  藍色(也有白花品種)花從夏末開到霜降,如果能一直不讓它結子的話能讓它花期延長到很長.  最好是栽種在全日照到半日照的環境.  太暗會影響到花量也容易造成植株徒長.  耐寒也耐熱.  成熟植株高6吋到1呎,寬幅為1-1.5呎.  花是吸引蜂蝶的蜜源.  很適合作種在花壇的邊緣或岩砌花園的植物.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法 The fresh fruit and the inside contain. 手指檸檬的果實與內容的果粒.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法
The fresh fruit and the inside contain. 手指檸檬的果實與內容的果粒.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法 Get viable seeds to grow.  需用飽滿的優質有效種子.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法
Get viable seeds to grow. 需用飽滿的優質有效種子.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法 --Use good soil and well drained medium to grow the seeds.  用優質土和排水佳的介質來孵種子.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法
–Use good soil and well drained medium to grow the seeds. 用優質土和排水佳的介質來孵種子.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法 --The seedlings were slow to grow root then fast to grow shoots with tiny leaves first.  種子出根慢,剛開始出小芽葉時倒是很快.

How to growing Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) from seeds. 手指檸檬種子孵法
–The seedlings were slow to grow root then fast to grow shoots with tiny leaves first. 種子出根慢,剛開始出小芽葉時倒是很快.

Previous post: 之前的文章:
https://myfoodandflowers.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/finger-lime-citrus-australasica-%e6%89%8b%e6%8c%87%e6%aa%b8%e6%aa%ac/?

The mature shrub/small tree size: 6′-8′(H) and (W).  Very thorny!  USDA Zones:10-11. Best growing in warmer climate in full sun to partial shade location.  Since its mature size is not big so it is fine for potting to grow indoor sunny location.

它的成熟灌木高度或寬幅為6-8呎.  植株多刺! 耐熱不耐寒. 由於地植的植株不大所以能室內盆植. 最好種植在全日照到半日照溫暖的環境.

This is how I grow them:  我的孵法:

1.A pot with Triple Mix and well drained medium 1:1.

1.取一小苗盆裝:3合一的肥沃花土和排水佳土壤1比1.

2.Get fresh firm seeds cleaned and lay on top of the potting mix.  Place the pot in partial shade location and keep moist the soil.  Place the pot in room temperature, partial shade location with good air flow.

2.取新鮮飽滿的優質種子,清洗後放上步驟1.的表土上.  置於室溫半日照通風處.

3.About 1 week the seed will sprout but no green leaf yet, continue to moist the soil.

3.約1週種子會出根但尚未能出小芽葉.  繼續保溼.

4.Another 1 month the seedling will grow rapidly with green shoots, you can seed few tiny leaves appear.  Place the pot in full sun to partial shade location.

4.約過再1個月出根的小種子才會加速生長突長出帶幾片小綠葉的芽.  苗盆置於全日照到半日照處.

5.Firtilize the seedlings when the cotyledon (seed leaf) is shrunk.  Use dilute balance ratio fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20.

5.等子葉的養份耗損縮小才開始施均衡比例的薄肥.  如氮-磷-鉀比例為10-10-10 或20-20-20.

6.When young plants grow steadly transplant each plant in their indivisual pot before the plants get too thorny.

6.小苗生長情況穩定後要趁不是太多刺時移植分盆,一盆一株.

7.When the plant stem turn woody or firm and thick, you may clip away the pricks for safety measure.

7.安全考量上要等枝條變硬或木質化時即可將硬刺剪除.

8.To stimulate plant growth and aging, grafting its own shoots will do so.

8.植株成長正常要使植株刺激生長並加速老化以開花結果可以自株嫁接.

Honeysuckle Fuchsia (Fuchsia ‘Koralle’) 鞭炮吊鐘花

Honeysuckle Fuchsia (Fuchsia ‘Koralle’) 鞭炮吊鐘花

Honeysuckle Fuchsia (Fuchsia  'Koralle') 鞭炮吊鐘花

Honeysuckle Fuchsia (Fuchsia ‘Koralle’) 鞭炮吊鐘花

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Honeysuckle Fuchsia (Fuchsia ‘Koralle’) 鞭炮吊鐘花

This tropical perennial has cute light bright red flowers for long blooming time from spring to fall.  Flowers attract bees and humming birds.  Very easy to grow and propagate.  Not cold tolerant so will require over winter indoor if you live in cold climate.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Mature size:3′-4′(H) X 2′-3′(W).  USDA Zones:10+.  Easy to propagate by cuttings.  Leaves and flowers are edible.

它是熱帶多年生的植物,紅色管狀花很可愛,花期非常長從春到秋.  花是吸引蜂類及蜂鳥的蜜源.   非常容易栽種及繁殖.  不耐寒所以若你住在溫帶地區須搬進室內過冬.  以栽種在全日照到半日照處為佳. 成熟株高3-4呎,寬幅2-3呎.  容易扦插來繁殖.  花葉可食用.

Delicata Squash (Cucurbita pepo ‘Delicata’) 長型小南瓜

Delicata Squash (Cucurbita pepo ‘Delicata’) 長型小南瓜

Delicata Squash seed packet and seeds.(Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata') 長型小南瓜種子包及種子.

Delicata Squash seed packet and seeds.(Cucurbita pepo ‘Delicata’) 長型小南瓜種子包及種子.

Delicata Squash seedling.(Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata') 長型小南瓜的小苗.

Delicata Squash seedling.(Cucurbita pepo ‘Delicata’) 長型小南瓜的小苗.

Delicata Squash seedling. (Cucurbita pepo 'Delicata') 長型小南瓜的小苗.

Delicata Squash seedling. (Cucurbita pepo ‘Delicata’) 長型小南瓜的小苗.

A type of small long shaped squash.  Annual. Easy to grow from seeds.  Best growing in full sun location.

一種小形長橢圓形的小南瓜.  一年生.  容易從種子栽種起.  以全日照處種植為佳.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delicata_squash

http://modernfarmer.com/2013/09/delicata-squash-cant-believe-butternut/

Tree Tomato/Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄

Tree Tomato/Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄

Tree Tomato/Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄

Tree Tomato/Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄

Halved Tree Tomato/Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄對半剖開.

Halved Tree Tomato/Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄對半剖開.

Tree Tomato/Tamarillo seeds. (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄種子.

Tree Tomato/Tamarillo seeds. (Solanum betaceum) 樹番茄種子.

It is a small tree or large shrub which bares tomato like fruits.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Mature size:10′-12′(H) X 6′-8′(W).  USDA Zones:10+.  I must admit that I am not crazy about the taste of the fruit.   I actually like tomatoes better.  But it is different.  Easy to grow from seeds, cuttings or layering.  Shallow root require staking for heavy rain or strong wind.   The fruiting time could be all year long which is long.  The life span is around 12 years.

小型樹或大型灌木的木本植物能長出像番茄般可食性果實.  最好是栽種在全日照到半日照處.  成熟株高10-12呎,寬幅6-8呎.  耐熱不耐寒.  這果實不是我的菜…我還是習慣和喜歡普普的番茄.   它很容易以種子種起,最快5個月便能開花開始結果實了,但果實成熟需時比番茄久.   由於根系淺須有支架以免強風暴雨會造成的損害.  植株壽命約12年.