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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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Japanese Black Pine: Autumn Maintenance

8 min read

Terry Erasmus performs some Autumn maintenance work on this Japanese Black Pine bonsai. Read about the techniques used for work required now, to prepare the tree for the coming spring and to ensure its future.
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Miyajima Goyomatsu: Grafted White Pine

10 min read

An imported grafted Japanese White Pine receives some attention in this post from Terry Erasmus as he styles it for the first time. Topics discussed are branch and needle removal, structural wiring and design.
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How to choose a bonsai pot

9 min read

A bonsai cannot properly be appreciated until it is combined with its essential complement, the bonsai container. In actual fact the word bonsai means a potted plant. Shape, texture, glaze, colour and more are explained.
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The fantastic Juniperus procumbens nana

9 min read

Juniper procumbens nana is a fantastic species for bonsai. It grows well in all parts of South Africa, takes easily from cuttings, is easy to train and transplants well. Brett Simon shares of his extensive knowledge of this species with you.

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Rooting Haworthia

Rooting Haworthia

5 min read

Harry explains the process of rooting Haworthia; the best procedures to follow once you identify a plant that has had root loss, removing the cause of the root loss, and finally deciding on the most suitable method and time for rooting.
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