Pruning can improve the look of all plants that are leggy, lopsided or too large.

Blue Daze

Evolvulus glomeratus commonly called Blue Daze originated in Brazil and Paraguay, in South America.


Curcuma longa, commonly called Turmeric originated from South East Asia and India. Turmeric is an ancient spice and is a main ingredient in curry powder and Asian foods.


Annona muricata commonly called Soursop or Guanabana by the Spanish originated in the Peruvian rainforest and the lowlands of Central America; it comes from the Annonaceae family.

Plant or save a tree

When my childhood friend was called to eternal rest in Canada, the funeral home offered the family to plant a tree in her memory at a park and the family took up the offer.


Trees are grown for their beautiful flowers and others for their beautiful foliage.

Janet Craig

Dracena deremensis commonly called Janet Craig originated from Tropical Africa. Dracena Janet Craig is a greener version to Dracena fragrans commonly called Corn Plant and they are related to each other.

The corn plant

Dracaena fragrans commonly called corn plant originated from Africa and has adapted well in the tropics.

Spider plants

Chlorophytum comosum vittatum commonly called Spider plant originated from Africa and the sub-tropics. 

Sacred Heart Lily

Alocasia sanderiana commonly called Sacred Heart Lily or Kris Plant originated from the Philippines and belongs to the Araceae family.

Java White

Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Java White’ originated from Java an island in Indonesia. Last week, I wrote about Acalypha Fire Dragon which is related to the Acalypha family.

Fire Dragon

Acalypha wilkesiana commonly called Fire Dragon originated in the Pacific Islands and comes from the Euphorbiaceae family.


Mandevilla, a tropical beauty commonly called Rock Trumpet, originated in the forest of Brazil and comes from the Apocynaceae family Most Mandevilla species are also native to Central and South America Mandevilla was named after a British diplomat and gardener Henry Mandeville, who came across the species in this continent in the 18th century.

Song of Jamaica

Dracena reflexa commonly called Song of Jamaica originated in Madagascar and Mauritius. Last week, I wrote about its close relative Song of India.

Song of India

Pleomele reflexa variegata commonly called Song of India originated in Madagascar, Mauritius and other islands around the Indian Ocean.

Garden pests

Last week I have received calls and visits from gardening friends complaining about insects and pests having a feast on their leaves and plants.


Fungi are tiny organisms that live in the soil. Plants can contract fungal diseases from water, air and soil, and sometimes via insects and viruses.

Fox Tail Fern

Asparagus sprengeri meyeri commonly called Fox Tail Fern originated in South Africa. This evergreen is not actually a fern.

Ti Plant

(Cordyline continued)

Last week I spoke about Cordyline terminalis with sword-like leaves. This week I continue with Cordyline terminalis with broad leaves also commonly known as Ti Plant.


Cordyline commonly called Red Dragon or Ti Plant originated in Australia, the Pacific and tropical America.

Purple Heart

Secreasea purpurea commonly called Purple Heart originated in Mexico. Purple Heart is a perennial plant with a striking foliage of delicate purple leaves with bright pink flowers.

Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus commonly called African Lily or Lily of the Nile originated in South Africa.

Angel’s Trumpet

Brugmansia commonly called Angel’s Trumpet originated along the Andes from Venezuela, Brazil and Chile in South America and comes from the Solanceae family.

Victoria Regia

Victoria amazonica commonly called Victoria Regia is native to the shallow water of the Amazon River, Guyana and the Guianas.

Devil’s Trumpet

Datura commonly called Devil’s Trumpet originated in Mexico, and comes from the Solanaceae family.


Crocus commonly called Rain Lilies in Guyana originated in the Mediterranean Region and South West Asia and is a member of the Iris family.

Blood Lily

Haemanthus Katherinae commonly called Blood Lily originated in South Africa and is a member of the Amaryllis family.

Joseph’s Coat

Coleus commonly called Joseph’s Coat originated in Indonesia, Thailand and the East Indies and is a member of the Mint family.


Tagetes commonly called Marigolds originated in Mexico. Every year from early March, thousands of Marigold seedlings are planted around the world in all the famous parks and gardens: Hampton Court and Kew in London, England; Botanic in Munich, Germany; Ball’s in Chicago, USA; Edwards in Toronto, Canada; and in France, the Netherlands and China just to name a few.

Bleeding Heart Vine

Clerodendrum thomsoniae commonly called Bleeding Heart Vine originated in West Africa. Bleeding Heart Vine has woody twining stems with large broad and oblong leaves.


Chrysanthemums commonly called Mums originated in China. The Chinese grew Chrysanthemums as early as the 15th century.

Easter Lily

Lilium longiflorum commonly called Easter Lily originated in Japan where it blooms abundantly.

Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia milli commonly called Crown of Thorns or Christ of Thorns originated in Madagascar and comes from the Euphorbiaceae family.

Silk Cotton tree

Ceiba pentandra commonly called Kapok tree in Asia and Silk Cotton tree in the Caribbean originated from the American tropics, Asia and Africa Silk Cotton trees can be found in many Caribbean countries and here in Guyana too.

Devil’s Ivy

Golden Pothos commonly called Devil’s Ivy is known worldwide. Devil’s Ivy is an undemanding climbing plant with green and yellow or white variegated leaves.

Grafting and budding

(Continued) If you would like to try grafting and budding, you would need the following:Sterilized budding knife One healthy rootstock plant – disease free (approximately 18 – 24 months old) One healthy shoot (scion approximately 6 – 10 inches long) Budding tapeIn the case of citrus, a lemon rootstock can be used with a shoot (scion) from a lime tree.

Grafting and budding

(continued) The choice of the rootstock depends largely upon being resistant to nematodes and gummosis disease, which is a serious problem in the Caribbean.

Grafting and budding

  Grafting and budding are horticultural techniques used to propagate cultivars which are more vigorous when grown on another plant.

Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach commonly called Poi callaloo or Poi bhaji is native to Southern India and is grown widely in the tropics.

Fine thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) commonly called fine-leaf thyme and its cousin Spanish thyme originated from the Mediterranean and are used in many Caribbean dishes.

Culinary ginger

Zingiber officinale commonly called ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family and originated in South-East Asia.

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine or Christmas Tree, Araucaria excels, originated from Norfolk Island, off the coast of Australia in the South Pacific.