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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.


From time to time I receive questions on ginseng, as it is a crop that commands a high price in the market. But why the high price? Why is it so special? Ginseng is the common name of species in the genus Panax , which contains eleven different species. There are also other plants commonly called ginseng that aren't members of this genus. This is another case where common names...

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While the winter drags on, it's natural for gardeners to turn to houseplants for their gardening 'fix'. Dracaena is a great choice, even for people whose thumb isn't very green when it comes to houseplants. Dracaena is a genus of about forty trees and shrubs. Most are native to Africa, but there are a handful in Asia and...

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I don't remember when I first tasted a mango, but it couldn't have been more than fifteen years ago. While mangoes are a relatively new taste to me, people have been consuming this fruit in South Asia for thousands of years. Known as the "queen of fruits" and the "fruit of the gods", ma...

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