Category Archives: Botany

Wiki Abridged: Saffron

Saffron is a spice used in cooking, medicine and as a dye. Saffron is recognised as the most expensive spice by weight. This is mostly due to the fact that saffron originates from the Saffron Crocus, a flower with red … Continue reading

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Phase 6

5/5/11 After some delay, I have planted the grown seeds in a large container, placed outside. This container had been bought quite some time ago, but after some de-weeding, the earth was in excellent condition. With a slight tearing, I … Continue reading

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Phase 5

27/04/11: All seeds now have tall green stalks, two for the pumpkin compartments. However, behind the glass, the water evaporates almost instantly, and they require daily watering. I sometimes forget this watering, and in consequence, a third of the radishes … Continue reading

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Phase 4

15/04/11: Radishes grew taller, leaves having a large heart shape. I rotate the tray from time to time so that the stems do not always bend in the same direction, towards sunlight. One of the several sunflower seeds has grown … Continue reading

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Phase 2

01/04/11: Checked up on the seeds, no apparent growth on the chillies nor the pumpkins. However, radishes have advanced considerably. Nearly all radish seeds have one millimeter white stem, one seed even having an unfolding leaf. Temperatures always excede 23º … Continue reading

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Phase 1

30/03/11: Planted seeds into ready made biodegradable pots, in a kit from Ikea. To plant, poured approx. 50 ml of water and waited 10 seconds for water to dissolve dried compressed compost tablets. Placed Capsicum annuum Cayenne (red chili) first, … Continue reading

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Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

The Dracaena Marginata is one of the most common indoor plants, usually seen in offices and the sort because of it’s minimal care. This plant, as the name suggests, is native to Madagascar. It is slow growing, and can last … Continue reading

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Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is the process with which plants make their food. It is derived from the Latin ‘photo’ (light) and ‘synthesis’ (composition, putting together). In order for plants to make their food, they need the certain molecules and compounds to be … Continue reading

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Asplenium

My newest plant, called Asplenium, is a fern which grows on trees, stones or sometimes independently in the soil. Asplenium contains about 700 species. A common name applied to the most typical plants is “Spleenworts”. Both this term and the … Continue reading

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Spathiphyllum

On a visit to Ikea, I bought a plant called “spathiphyllum”. Here’s some background information on the origins of this beautiful plant and how to take care of it. Native to tropical regions of the Americas, and southeastern Asia, these … Continue reading

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