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River Bank Grape or Frost Grape (Vitis riparia) 河岸葡萄

River Bank Grape or Frost Grape (Vitis riparia) 河岸葡萄

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River Bank Grape or Frost Grape (Vitis riparia) fruit from green ripe to dark in fall. 河岸葡萄的果實由綠於秋天時成熟後轉黑.

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River Bank Grape or Frost Grape (Vitis riparia) small edible fruit ripe to dark color, acidic. 河岸葡萄的小小可食葡萄,由綠成熟轉紫黑色,味酸.

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River Bank Grape or Frost Grape (Vitis riparia) each fruit contains 1-3 seeds. 河岸葡萄一小果裡面種子有1-3顆.

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River Bank Grape or Frost Grape (Vitis riparia) viable seeds. 河岸葡萄的有效種子.

Cold hardy native fruit vine.  Long life span.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Fussy yellow flowers in late spring, follow by edible fruit in fall.  Fruit are edible for human and wild life.  Fruit from green mature to dark.  Fruit is small, taste not bad but on acidic side. USDA Zones:3-9.  Mature size:40′-60′(H/L) X 6′-8′(W).   Propagate by seeds, cuttings or buddings.  Excellent for grafting used root stock.  No particular pest or disease, suitable for naturalizing.

北美原生耐寒的可食性果實木本藤.  很長壽的植物.   容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  春末開小小黃色穗狀花,秋天時可食性果實成熟.  果實人與野生動物皆可食用.  果實成熟會由綠轉黑.  果實小,味道還不錯但是偏酸.   耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高/藤長:40-60呎,寬幅6-8呎.  繁殖以種子,扦插,分芽的方式來進行.  很適合用於嫁接用的砧木.   無特別病蟲害,適合無維護的自然放任的花園種植.

Reference links:參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitis_riparia                                                     http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/58372/#b                                         http://www.pfaf.org/USER/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Vitis+riparia           https://www.worldseedsupply.com/product/vitis-riparia-river-bank-grape-frost-grape-seeds/

Sweet Chestnut/Spanish Chestnut (Castanea sativa) 歐洲栗

Sweet Chestnut/Spanish Chestnut (Castanea sativa) 歐洲栗

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Sweet Chestnut/Spanish Chestnut (Castanea sativa) seedling. 歐洲栗實生苗.

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Sweet Chestnut/Spanish Chestnut (Castanea sativa)歐洲栗 Seedling start to grow true leaves. 歐洲栗開始長本葉了.

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Sweet Chestnut/Spanish Chestnut (Castanea sativa) 歐洲栗 European variety has smaller and darker nuts. 歐洲栗的栗子比亞洲栗個頭稍小且顏色較深.

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Sweet Chestnut– Asiatic species (Castanea) 亞洲栗

Medium to large tree for its sweet nuts and beautiful wood!  Long life span. It is fairly easy to grow from seeds.  Best growing in full sun location.   Tiny creamy white flowers on flower stems in spring and nuts mature in late fall.  This European type of sweet chestnut has slightly smaller nuts and duller, browner nut color than Chinese sweet chestnut.  If you have good size land, you should grow them.  Very hardy and low maintenance.  USDA Zones:4-11. Mature size:40′(H)/(W).   Propagate by seeds, cuttings or grafting.  Good food source and medicinal.

歐洲栗是歐洲的鄉土栗樹品種,種植分佈相當廣.  樹齡很長.  很容易栽種.  春開黃白色小花密生在花梗上,結的果實於秋末成熟.   這屬中大型樹種,主以種來取其可食栗子及其均勻美麗木紋的硬木材,它是落葉喬木.  其栗子比中國種的甜栗個頭要稍小些,顏色也稍暗淡深褐些.  它的耐熱耐寒低維護且多用途,若是你有夠大的土地不妨考慮種植.  它很強健且低維護.  主以種子,扦插或嫁接等法來繁殖. 極具食用及藥用價值.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:


Inca-Peanut/Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) 印加花生

Inca-Peanut (Plukenetia volubilis) 印加花生

More info and images see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plukenetia_volubilis

Inca-Peanut (Plukenetia volubilis) 印加花生

Inca-Peanut (Plukenetia volubilis) 印加花生

Inca-Peanut (Plukenetia volubilis) mature seed in the seed pod hard shell. 印加花生硬殼內的成熟種子.

Inca-Peanut (Plukenetia volubilis) mature seed in the seed pod hard shell. 印加花生硬殼內的成熟種子.

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Inca-Peanut (Plukenetia volubilis) soak in water then remove the hard seed coating. 印加花生泡水脹大後容易去殼.

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Inca-Peanut/Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) seeds germination in about 7 days. 印加花生的種子約7天孵出.

Inca-Peanut/Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) 印加花生


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Inca-Peanut/Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) seedling grows very fast and strong. 印加花生/南美油藤子葉與本葉很快就長出且長勢很強.

Tender tropical perennial mainly growing for seeds for snack and oil (Sacha inchi nut oil). A health food snack due to its high concentration of Omega-3 and complete proteins particularly for vegetarians!  This mature vine grows around 6′-7′ in height.  Fast growing and fruiting.  Long life span. USDA Zones:9+.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location, prefers in warm climate, in well drained moist rich soil.  Propagate by seeds/cuttings/layering.


熱帶不耐寒的多年生藤本主要種植於取來當零食或榨油用的種子. 它是健康食品特別是對素食者對蛋白質及ω-3脂肪酸的需求.  成熟藤株高6-7呎.  生長快速.  壽命很長且種子到結果速度快.  喜熱不耐寒.  以種植於全日照到半日照處,排水佳的溼潤土壤為佳.  以種子/扦插/壓條方式來繁殖.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plukenetia_volubilis                             http://baike.baidu.com/view/954437.htm

Ginkgo Tree (Ginkgo biloba) 銀杏/公孫樹

Ginkgo Tree (Ginkgo biloba) 銀杏/公孫樹

Ginkgo Tree銀杏/公孫樹 (Ginkgo biloba) Spring foliage春天的葉色

Ginkgo Tree銀杏/公孫樹 (Ginkgo biloba) Spring foliage春天的葉色

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Ginkgo Autumn Golden Foliage銀杏的金黃色秋葉

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Female Ginkgo Tree in the early autumn 初秋結果的銀杏母樹

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Ripe Ginkgo Fruit 熟落的銀杏果實

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Male Ginkgo Tree銀杏公樹

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Ginkgo Nuts(all male) –2 edged nuts 銀杏種子(皆為公的)–2稜果

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Ginkgo Tree (Ginkgo biloba) Bury the ripe fruit in whole in shallow soil outdoors. Seeds germination from late fall to next summer. 銀杏/公孫樹熟果整個於戶外淺埋,不需處理,種子發芽時間從秋末到隔年的夏天才發芽.

Ginkgo seedling (male) --from a 2 edged nut 銀杏實生苗(公的)--從2稜果孵出的

Ginkgo seedling (male) –from 2 edged nut 銀杏實生苗(公的)–從2稜果孵出的

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Ginkgo Nut (female)–3 edged nuts 銀杏種子(母的)–3稜果

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Ginkgo Nut (female)–3 edged nuts 銀杏種子(母的)–3稜果

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)is a very interesting tree which has extremely long life span. Easily live over a thousand years! USDA Zones:3-9. Mature size:40′-70′(H) x 30′-50′(W). Easy to grow in full sun location.

Male tree and female tree are just a little bit different. Female trees in fall bear fruit, male trees do not. Before they are mature enough to flower and fruit, you actually can tell the gender of tree by checking it leaves. For easy memory aid, just remember ‘skirts are for female, pants are for male’. Female tree leaves has fan shape like skirts. Male tree leaves has cleft which looks like pants. Sometimes a tree has both kind of leaves but you can tell the ratio is very different.

Female tree drop mature fruit which have strong odour, some countries actually ban from planting female ginkgo. Although inside the strong smell fruit is valuable ginkgo nut. In Asia its seeds has been used widely for food and medicine.

What if you wanted a male tree but got a female tree instead? Well, ‘she’ is as beautiful as a ‘he’, so when she fruits, just give the fruit away to your Asian neighbour if they has use for it. Some said soak the fruits in alcohol can turn the odour to apple/pineapple fruit pleasant fragrance. Chemical reaction! If you are planning to get your neighbour’s free fallen ginkgo fruit, please remember use rubber gloves and garbage bag. And get the nuts out from fruit outdoor! You can bury the smelly flesh of fruit under ground deep to get rid of odour once you are done. If bring them in a car, remember to seal the bag… You can wash off the odour with strong tea, if somehow you touched the fruit with bare hands.

If you are going to plant a ginkgo tree from a seed, pick a male nut to plant! What, you say? Yes, you can tell nut is a male or female by the nut has two edges or three. The quantity of three-edged nuts is about 4% of the all nuts. A three-edged nut means a ‘she’ nut. In the Asian market, female tree is more expansive than a male tree due to the female tree foliage is beautiful fan shape plus it is rare. This time I have collected 210 nuts and only 9 three-edged nuts among them!

銀杏是非常長壽的樹種之一,能輕易地活到上千年.  非常耐寒也耐熱.  成熟株高40-70呎,寬幅30-50呎.  容易種植於全日照處.

銀杏公樹和母樹的區別可以由樹葉的外觀來看,公樹的葉片有深刻,母樹則無深刻.  辨別口訣如:公樹葉如褲,母樹葉如裙. 雖然經觀察公樹偶有裙狀的母葉,母樹也偶有少量的公葉.  不過這還是以多數為主來辨別.  銀杏秋色為金黃,相當耀眼.  葉,果,木材均有相當的食用,藥用,木材等實用價值.  樹本身有很高的觀賞價值及環保功能.

母樹於秋末果實成熟轉黃,熟軟的果實有著濃烈的惡臭.  因此在某些國家/某些地區是不允許種植母樹的.   成熟果實最好避免與皮膚直接接觸, 否則臭味難以去除..    若是沾到可以濃茶泡洗.  生的種子有少量的氰化物,有相當的毒性.  熟的種仁仍有小毒,可食但不可過量.   一般亞洲國家有吃銀杏去殼的熟種子(稱為白果)的食用習慣.

種植上有一說從種子可辨將成公樹或母樹.  2稜的種子為公樹(數量為96%),3稜的種子為母樹(數量為4%).  感謝有種母樹的住戶免費提供成熟果實用於實驗,總計取得210顆種子,其中僅有9顆種子為3稜的!



How To Grow Wisteria From Seed 紫藤種子孵法

How to grow Wisteria from seed. 紫藤種子孵法

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Wisteria flowers


Germination of Wisteria seeds

Germination of Wisteria seeds

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How to grow Wisteria from seed. — So easy, you can grow it even in a jar. This is a reblooming Wisteria seedling. 紫藤種子孵法–非常簡單,玻璃瓶都能拿來種. 這棵是續開型紫藤的實生苗.

Wisteria seedling 紫藤實生苗

Wisteria seedling 紫藤實生苗

1.Get seeds from mature seed pods. Soak seeds in clean water for 3 days. 取得成熟的新鮮種子來種植. 清水浸泡種子3天.

2.Peel seed covers and then continue to use clean water to soak them in a warm and bright place. 剝去種皮後用清水續泡種子,置於溫暖明亮處.

3.Seeds will germinate in 4-7 days. Germination rate is very high. Plant each seed in a 3″ pot with regular soil in partial shade area and keep soil moist until seedlings are one foot high then move seedling to ground or full sun area. 種子會於4-7天發芽. 發芽率很高. 一顆種子種一3吋小盆,長到1呎高後再地植或換盆並從半日照處轉為全日照.

Something you should know about wisteria…有關紫藤的其它事情在你種植前應該知道的…

1.It has long life span — approximately 500 years! 壽命很長–約有500年.

2.They grow and flower best in full sun location but they can still live in full shade areas as well. 雖全日照處開花最多也最佳,但在陰暗處也能存活.

3.They become “vine" if they have any support, and they become a “tree" without support.有依附物則為"藤",無依附物則為"樹".

4.They are very hardy, USDA Zones 3 and almost no pest and diseases target on them. 生命力非常強,很耐寒. 幾乎沒有特別的病蟲害.

5.Seeds contain toxin. 種子有毒含有氰化物,勿食.

6.The vine has extremely strong twining power (clockwise or counter clockwise) and has a bad reputation for damaging roofs or killing the support trees. It is better to train it free standing as a tree or with strong structure in open space. 其藤的扭力非常強大(順時鐘或逆時鐘扭轉) 且因此有破壞房子屋頂和誅滅所依附植物的惡名. 故最好令其無依附物長成樹型或空地上建一結構強度大的棚架供其攀爬生長.

7.The reblooming variety such as Wisteria ‘Blue Moon’ can bloom 3 times a year.續開型品種如’藍月’可一年開3次花.

8.Wisteria is a very good plant for bonsai. 紫藤是很好的盆景用植物.

9.Growing wisteria from seeds to flower normally will take 5-6 years. By using poor soil will speed up the time to 3-4 years. 紫藤從種子種到開花一般至少要5-6年的時間. 若用貧瘠的土壤種植可以加速老化所以能提早到3-4年就能開花.