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.

Let us ID and tag Yellow Poui

(Continued from last week) As far as I am aware, the only surviving Yellow Poui is planted outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on Main Street.


(Continued from last week) Heliconias make excellent table and floor fresh flower arrangements and can be found in hotel lobbies, malls, banks, churches and reception halls.

The beautiful heliconia

Heliconias are magnificent and beautiful. A few years ago there were approximately 20 species of heliconia grown in the Caribbean; today, there are more than 400 species in cultivation.

Saplings need protection

In an earlier article, I had implored the authorities to put in place a maintenance plan with the hope of raising the awareness and importance of our trees; to no avail.

Tree trimmers need training

As the hype of making Georgetown a ‘green city’ continues, one can only watch speechlessly as the butchering of trees progresses.


is a showy shrub

Allamanda prefers a rich soil and plenty of water during the hot/dry days.

Peltophorum can be seen along Carmichael Street

Peltophorum, commonly called Pride of India, are fast growing large trees. They can grow to approximately 66 feet tall with large, spreading crown and bear masses of fragrant golden-yellow flowers in clusters, followed by small reddish/brown pods which can be seen from a distance.

Thunbergia erecta

Thunbergia erecta commonly called King’s Mantle, originated from tropical West Africa and comes from the Acanthaceae family.

The Festival of Flowers (Part 2)

During The Festival of Flowers we were treated to violin music by a young musician during the lunch break, and what a treat that was along with the steel pan and the cathedral organ.

The Festival of Flowers

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception better known as Brickdam Cathedral held a Grand Festival of Flowers in celebration of their centenary last Monday and Tuesday at the cathedral.

Cordia sebestena

Cordia sebestena commonly called Spanish Cordia or Geranium tree originated from the northern coast of South America and the Caribbean, and comes from the Boraginaceae family.

The hype on mulch and wood waste!

(Part 2)

As I said last week, there is a lot of hype around mulch and wood waste but sometimes the sawmills cannot be trusted to provide safe wood waste.

Jacaranda acutifolia

      Jacaranda acutifolia, commonly called the ‘fern tree’, originated in Brazil and comes from the Bignoniaceae family.

Cannonball tree

Couroupita guianensis, commonly called Cannonball tree, is a large upright tropical tree that grows to approximately 60 feet in height, with a thick, tough bark.

Flamboyant: a shade tree

Delonix regia commonly called Flamboyant or Royal Poinciana belongs to the Leguminosae family and originated in Madagascar.


Codiaeum commonly called crotons belong to the Euphorbiaceae family, which has its origins in Asia: mainly Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

Glorious Balsam

Balsam commonly called Lady’s Slipper comes from the Balsaminaceae family and is related to Impatiens.


Amaryllis is another amazing bulb plant that is simply gorgeous. Scientific name Hippeastrum, Amaryllis is taken from the Greek word which means ‘sparkling’ and it symbolizes radiant beauty and love.


Right now, bulbs and tubers plants are popping up in the most amazing colours.


Part 2  (Continued from last week) I have received my Dahlia tubers and they are ready to be planted.

Easter Lily

Beautiful flowers are popping up everywhere in a rainbow of colours and you can tell it is that time of the year – Easter or Spring as they say in northern climates.


We are well into the season of colourful annuals, seeds and bulbs. Zinnia elegans commonly called Mexican Zinnias originated, as the name suggests, in Mexico and spread throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.


(Continued from last week) For those of you who would like to use garden soil or compost, just add some clean white sand and mix same together.


Tagetes commonly called Marigold originated in Mexico, but can be found throughout South America and the Caribbean.

The umbrella plant

Schefflera arboricola commonly called the umbrella plant originated in Taiwan. Its unique, pinwheel foliage makes it a suitable indoor plant and it has a tropical look.