What Is Annotto – Learn About Growing Achiote Trees
By Teo Spengler
If you haven't read up on annatto achiote information, you may not know about the small ornamental called annatto or lipstick plant. It's a tropical plant with very unusual fruit that is used for food dye. Learn how to grow an achiote tree and more in this article.
Osteospermum – astounding daisies galore in the garden
Osteospermum is a magnificent perennial with flowers that are just as remarkable.
A summary of Osteospermum facts
Name – Osteospermum
Family – Asteraceae
Type – flower, perennial
Height – 8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – well-drained, loaded with humus
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – May to October
Care from planting and pruning and from spring to fall will significantly increase the blooming.
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This article was co-authored by Lydia Patubo. Lydia Patubo is the Manager at Flowercraft Garden Center in San Francisco, California. She studied Environmental Horticulture at the City College of San Francisco and has over 10 years of experience with Environmental Horticulture.
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Slugs are the bane of many gardeners existence the sneaky little gastropods slither in at night, eating the leaves and fruit from many plants. Rather than letting them take over your beloved garden, take action to eliminate the slugs that are ruining your plants. With a variety of techniques including lures and traps as well as using natural predators to rid you of slugs, you'll be slug-free in no time. Note that all of these methods work just as well for snails.
Location, Location, Location
Find a good and warm sunny windowsill. Seedlings prefer at least 6 hours of sunlight, the more the better. Hot pepper seeds need to be coaxed through the germination and transplant stages. Remember they all originated from a tropical environment. But keep in mind you'll be rewarded with a healthy, robust, prolific plant for your patience.
As they develop their first set of leaves, I'll use scissors to snip off the weakest one. As they develop their second set of leaves, I'll snip off all but the healthiest one. If any variety starts to grow tall and too "leggy", open the window just a little bit to shock the plant with cooler air. This will slow down its growth and make its stem thicker and more conducive to transplant. Once you have healthy seedlings after the germination period, you're ready for the transplant and growing stage, then the harvesting stage, then my favorite - the cooking and eating stage.