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Aquaria: An Introduction

Aquaria: An Introduction

6 min read

In this first part of a series on aquariums, the Dunhin’s introduce the reader to some of the decisions a hobbyist will need to make when getting started. The example below deals with the setting up of a tropical tank. The choices made by the authors are not explained in detail in this part but will be explored in greater depth over the series.
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8 Tips for growing awesome shohin pine

8 Tips for growing awesome shohin pine

6 min read

For all your pine bonsai lovers out there! 8 of my top tips are shared in this easy to follow blog post in the continuing series on growing great shohin pines from seed. I cover "cage" wiring to working the nebari.
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Tanuki Bonsai

12 min read

"Tanuki" is a Japanese word which directly translated to English means "raccoon." What has this to do with bonsai you must be wondering! Actually the explanation is rather funny. Read the article to find out more.
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Nepenthes Essentials

Nepenthes Essentials

3 min read

Tropical Pitcher Plants are climbing carnivorous plants with impressive hanging pitchers that are the largest of any carnivorous plants. They are native to tropical Southeast Asia, and come in many varieties.
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Ficus - Roots from the sky

Ficus - Roots from the sky

5 min read

As a young boy growing up on a farm in the Kei River Valley in the Eastern Cape Leigh Kemp was fascinated by nature, and stories of nature. In this the 3rd article in the series from this travel writer, Leigh share some fascinating stories about Ficus.
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Who eats what?

Who eats what?

2 min read

Find out which carnivorous plant eats what insect in this article written by Peter Hewitt of Pan's Carnivores. Plants covered include Sarracenia, Drosera, Nepenthes and of course Dionaea the famous Venus Fly Traps.
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6 Easy Tips for growing Venus Flytraps

7 min read

The Venus Flytrap is the most recognisable of all the carnivorous plants. Most people have killed at least one or two of these fascinating little plants as a child and it is for this reason that most people think the plant is difficult to grow. Peter Hewitt dispels this myth with 6 easy to follow growing tips.
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Two Needle Pines from Seed: Early Years

Two Needle Pines from Seed: Early Years

12 min read

The following article follows from a video which I did with Mark Polson on the subject of growing two needle pines from seed. I extracted the key points from the video and elaborated on these to provide growing tips for enthusiasts growing Japanese two needle pines including black and red.
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Acacia: African Inspirations

Acacia: African Inspirations

6 min read

Leigh Kemp has held a fascination of flat topped and umbrella shaped acacias since childhood. Now a guide, he's able to admire these iconic trees across Africa. In this article he writes about their forms, how nature has sculpted them and how they in turn have inspired famous artists such as Jacob Hendrik Pierneef.
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Icons of the African Savannah

Icons of the African Savannah

6 min read

Travel writer and guide, Leigh Kemp introduces readers to the Baobab, a majestic and trully iconic part of the African landscape. Legends of Africa tell that the baobab is the portal from where all life on earth emanated. Today it still provides for man and animal alike. Be inspired by the natural forms of the baobab.
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What is seaweed and is it good for your plants?

3 min read

Jackie Wiggins shares with us the importance of Kelp or Seaweed for the container gardener and gardener in general. With a brief overview of auxins and cytokinins this article will shed some light on the many benefits of dried kelp and liquid extracts.
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Lophophora williamsii, ancient & mythical cactus

4 min read

Collecting and growing your own peyote is an extremely rewarding experience. Gerhard Vermeulen shares some growing advice on how you too can cultivate these ancient succulents.
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