This Stapeliad is flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

Stapeliad

It is indigenous to the Little Karoo in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Today John the Farmer is germinating an avo pit.

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Remove and clean pit. Make sure the narrow end points up. Don’t remove the brown skin.

Insert 3-4 toothpicks into the pit around the equator at a slight angle so that the pit rests in the water of your cup/ bowl/ glass.

Remember to top up with water as required.

Your Avocado pit will first root then shoot will appear.

Wait till young sapling has a few sets of leaves before transplanting out so that the top of the pit just sticks above ground.

Avocado’s are monoecious so they have both male and female flowers which don’t open at the same time so one should plant at least two nearby.

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Progress after two weeks !

 

 

 

Today Towerkop Nursery is recycling.

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The carrier handle on this wine box makes a good plant tag !

Chearful Portulacas flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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Portulacas are easy to grow succulent annuals that come in many colours. I like the salmon coloured ones the most !

Plumbago auriculata. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Plumbago is an evergreen shrub often grown as a climber. It produces masses of sky-blue flowers all through summer. Also comes in white and deep blue. Plumbago makes a very good formal or informal hedge and responds well to pruning. It is fast growing, drought resistent and tolerant of frost. Attracts butterflies. Grows well with Tecomaria.

Stapelia gariepensis – Flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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Found in stony places and drier areas of the Karoo and Namaqualand in South Africa. The starfish-like flowers mimic the odour of rotting flesh, to attract the carrion flies that pollinate them.

Nice to look at though !

Sea-onion, Albuca bracteata. Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

albucaAlbuca bracteata – Sea onion being attended to by a bee !

Attractive inflorescences on long spikes of small white fragrant flowers with green central stripes produced from spring to summer.

These South African natives are particularly attractive in rock gardens, slopes and containers.