Healthy Plant Soil- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2019 Edition Very few of us have “the perfectly balanced” natural soil mix for whatever tree, plant, flower, vine or succulent we’ve just acquired. Hence, it is important to know what our new acquisition might like in the way of additional nutrients. Doing so, we enter the interesting world of […]

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Devil’s Backbone -I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the September 2019 Edition Family                   Pedilanthus tithymaloides ‘Variegatus’ Also known as  Zig-Zag Plant, Christmas Candle,Redbird Cactus, Japanese Poinsettia, Slipper Spurge or Slipper Flower One seldom encounters plants with multiple names as diverse in their inferred representation/description! Those familiar with me are well aware of my great appreciation for the patient friendship and […]

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Beehive Ginger- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the August 2019 Edition Beehive Ginger  Zingiber spectabile Family                 Zingiberaceae Also known as   Pinecone Ginger, Ginger Wort or Malaysian Ginger Yes, the Ginger with which we are all most familiar is that of the commercially available and edible one, Zingiber officinale. Then there is the more conventionally seen Red Ginger (Alpina purpurata). […]

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Edible Palm Fruits and Nuts – I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the August 2019 Edition (Most who know me are aware that I write several regular columns for a variety of electronic and hard copy venues. This one is sort of a “Tommy’s Tips” by way of “Planting Roots” meets “Tommy’s Tummy”!) Upon seeing our wide array of different species of palms, no […]

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Ti Plant- I Planted Roots In Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the July 2019 Edition Ti Plant Cordyline Fruticosa Family     Agavaceae Asparagabeae Also known as Cordyline, Hawaiian Ti Plant, Palm Lily or Tree of Kings Since writing about the more commonly seen, magenta colored and often simply called a Cordyline featured in Volume I of our “The Civilized Jungle” book series no few […]

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Hibiscus- I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson  on the July 2019 Edition Hibiscus Family Malvaceae Also known as Rose Mallows (Regular readers of my weekly column, “Planting Roots in Mexico,” or those who’ve perused the first two volumes of our “The Civilized Jungle” series, are aware that, generally, I strive to write about specific species, not general genera somehow that […]

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Aphelandra Squarrosa-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson the June 2019 Edition Aphelandra Squarrosa Aphelandra squarrosa Family Acanthaceae Also known as Saffron Spike (This beauty, most probably, originated in Brazil. But why/how I recall something else, most convolutedly related, is clearly yet another example of my particular thinking process of quirkiness! You see, before I completed US Army Officer Candidate School […]

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Red Latan-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the May 2019 Edition Red Latan        Latania lontaroides Family                 Arecaceae Also known as   Latanier (I feel in the smallest of childish, self-satisfied ways a bit vindicated from my sometimes emergent feelings of botanical inadequacy! You see, my specimen of Latania lontaroides is but a small though beautiful and healthy -youngster palm. […]

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Chile Petin-I Planted Roots in Mexico

By Tommy Clarkson on the May 2019 Edition Chile Petin            Capsicum annuum Family                    Solanaceae Also known as    Chile Piquin, Bird Pepper, Turkey Pepper or Cayenne Peppe Often asked of me is “OK Tommy, how hot are these to eat?” Endeavoring to keep it all in perspective on the Scoville scale […]

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