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Botany, Butterfly Farming, Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine), English, Gardening, Horticulture

Dahoon (Ilex cassine): A Gem of Ecological and Aesthetic Value

Dahoon (Ilex cassine) is a versatile evergreen shrub, revered for its ecological benefits, aesthetic appeal, and resilience. Native Range and USDA Zones: Native around the Gulf of Mexico, Dahoon can be found in the southeastern United States, parts of the Caribbean, and Central America, this multifaceted plant plays a pivotal […]

Botany, Butterfly Farming, Gardening, Horticulture, Shelter Plants, Simpson Stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans)

Germinating Simpson’s Stopper Seeds (Myrcianthes fragrans)

Simpson’s Stopper seeds may have a variable germination rate, and patience is crucial in this process. Ensure the right conditions for germination, and with time, you should see the young saplings emerge, ready to grow into the beautiful and beneficial Simpson’s Stopper shrubs.

Botany, English, Gardening, Horticulture, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Germinating Dormant or Hardened Saw Palmetto Drupes: Exploring the Role of the Endocarp

The journey of germinating Saw Palmetto drupes with the endocarp intact requires an understanding of the seed’s anatomy and how each layer interacts with the environment. While removing the endocarp can aid in speeding up germination, it comes with its risks. Scarification, with methods like the rock tumbler, offers an alternative that can encourage faster germination without the potential downsides of complete endocarpal removal.

Botany, Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor), English, Gardening, Horticulture, Scrub Palmetto (Sabal etonia)

What’s the Difference Between Sabal Etonia and Sabal Minor?

Both species are resistant to a variety of environmental conditions, making them valuable for landscaping in their native regions. When trying to distinguish them in the wild or in cultivation, considering their habitat, leaf shape, and the length of the inflorescence can be helpful.