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Sugar Cane Ratoons

Keep your new Sugar Cane moist for the first few weeks until the roots have taken hold. Plant in rich, well-draining soil in a location that receives six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Till aged manure and peat moss into the top 8 to 12 inches of soil at your selected location to enrich and aerate the topsoil before planting your sugar cane. They like lots of nitrogen so you can use lawn fertilizer or chicken manure. Apply another fertilizer application in the fall and again in the spring. They can be grown as an unusal houseplant when put in a bright sunny location. Water at least 3 times a week. No sunny location inside? Potted cane can be grown with the assistance of a 40-watt grow light. When planted in a row they make a natural privacy barrier & a nice wind break. Sugar Cane grown outdoors can reach a height from 4 to 12 feet and may take up to 18 months for a stalk to fully mature. When grown in tropical to sub-tropical climate they will multiply quickly. The number of canes will approximately double each preceding growing season as well as becoming thicker each year. Regularly remove dead leaves and weeds from the soil or the growth of the cane stalk can be stunted. Mature Sugar Cane are harvested by cutting level with the soil. This allows the original roots to regrow at least 2 - 3 more times before new ratoons are required. After harvesting be sure to continue the same watering & care as when the plant was actively growing above ground level.

Macadamia Nut Trees

The best soil we found for starting Macadamia Nuts is Tree & Shrub Planting Mix with slow release pellets. Fill a pot almost full then carefully place the nut with the root down & fill the pot with the planting mix over the nut then water. Keep moist until you see the sprout coming up from the soil. Sometimes the nut will actually push itself right out of the soil! If this happens just top again with more planting mix to cover. The young tree should be provided with plenty of light when full grown but the young prefer partial sun for the first year and must be protected from the wind. Macadamias dislike frost or sitting in pools of water but otherwise are tough & have few pests. Nuts are produced after 4 to 6 years if grown in a temperate to tropical climate.

Loquat Tree Loquat Seeds

Loquat Trees & Seeds (also Known as a Japanese Plum)

Plant in a sunny location. Dig a hole & mix compost in with the soil. Place the plant in the hole & fill in with the dirt mixture. Keep moist for the first few weeks until the plant is established. Steak the young tree if it is in an area that is windy. This plant is drought tolerant & can dry out between waterings. After planting your new tree water every day for the first week. Reduce to once a week after that & maintain this schedule for the first three years of growth. After that, only water when the tree shows signs of drought stress or when it is flowering & fruiting. Fertilize the newly planted loquat tree with 6-6-6 fertilizer one month after you plant it. After that, fertilize the tree with 6-6-6 fertilizer every four months.


Hawaiian Plumeria Cuttings

When planting the cutting, dip the cut end in RooTone� or other root hormone with fungicide. Plant it shallow in sand or perlite mixed with potting soil as good drainage is necessary. Stake the cutting for support or place it against the side of the container for additional support while forming roots. Water sparingly but keep the soil moist. Place the cutting in strong or full sunlight. Bottom heat by placing the container on sun-baked concrete can help promote faster root formation and growth. New leaf growth signals that the roots have formed this usually takes 6-8 weeks. Tip cuttings may bloom the first year if latent buds are already in the tip on the cutting, but generally takes one or more years to produce their own blossoms. Plumerias have an abundance of gorgeous & fragrant flowers from early summer until fall. In the tropics some varieties can grow to a height of over 30 feet. All varieties can be planted and pruned into a large hedge when grown in the garden or kept as a flowering container plant. Plumeria's 2 to 4 inch flowers are extremly fragrant, so plant trees close to windows & patio areas to enjoy the exquisite fragrance. Plumerias go dormant in the winter & come back in the spring.

Succulents - Blue Century Agave, Nopales, Jade, Aeonium, Pencil Cactus

Succulents - Blue Century Agave, Nopales, Jade, Aeonium, Pencil Cactus

All succulents are naturally drought tolerant plants due to their ability of storing water in their leaves, stems or roots. They are easy care plants when grown in full sun with a well draining soil mixture. Succulents can not take frost or snow. Frost will kill or damage a succulent in a matter of minutes! Succulents make great container plants so if it freezes in your area plant in a container that you can take in during cold snaps. Our Prickly Pear Cactus requires an extremely well-drained or sandy soil and has a preference for a pH ranging between 6 and 7.5. Protect succulents from heavy winter rains as they prefer to be somewhat waterless during the winter months.

Purchasing a shaped cactus? It's easy to keep in shape by simply cutting off any new growth as it appears. It will heal over in a couple of months. Be careful when removing new growth to make a small even cut with a very sharpe knife.