Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Columnar Apples

Here's a great idea for growing apples in your house or patio. One Green World has three kinds of apples that you can grow in a container and they bear apples along the main trunk. The description doesn't say if they are hybrids. I wonder if you could grow more from seeds, or at least cuttings. Nowadays they say all fruits are hybrids.

One Green World has a lot of interesting plants, like Goji berry (they call it Wolfberry), Guavas, Pomogrante, lots of kinds of Sea Berries, plus many other exotic fuits and berries.

Ask them to send you a catalog. The catalog is more descriptive than the website. For instance, there are three kinds of Columnar apples, Golden Sentinel M-26, Northpole M-7 and Scarlet Sentinel M-7, but on the website they are just thrown in with the apple varieties.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

No luck with stevia seeds

I'm not having as much luck with my stevia seeds. The company I bought them from (Whatcom Seeds Co.) was a little stingy with the seeds. I only go about 6 or 8 seeds in my package. I planted 3 seeds and they haven't sprouted, so I only have a few more to try with. I also got these last year, so that might be the reason they are not sprouting.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Hoodia Gordonii

I planted two of the Hoodia Gordonii seeds I bought last year, and they both came up. This is really exciting, because I was afraid I waited too long and they wouldn't sprout. And I didn't do anything special except use a cactus soil mix. Now let's see if it will continue to grow or get seedling wilt. I'm trying to keep the top of the soil on the dry side. Here are some detailed instructions about growing Hoodia (scroll down to the bottom of the page) although they don't sell seeds, and another site that talks about growing Hoodia, but I can't see where they sell seeds.

Bouncing Bear has seeds for a quite reasonable price. I bought mine on ebay