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.

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.