Grocery Store Plants: A Date With Dragonfruit

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I couldn’t resist the corny title. I have a date plant and several tiny dragonfruit cacti growing on the windowsill right now. As you can see, I’ve got some other plants growing there as well. There’s a small orchid plant, a spider plant cutting, a mini lavender rose bush, and lilac bush cuttings. The date plant is the one that […]

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Update: Sweet Granadilla Plant

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I’ve been growing a sweet granadilla plant for a year now. It stayed in seedling stage for quite some time. Now, it is going through a growth spurt. It is 2 feet tall and still growing! In the past month alone, I have re-potted it twice. I’ve added stakes for support. Since it’s a vine, I should probably add some sort […]

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Farewell garden plot, hello new garden, and hello sprouted mango pit!

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Hello all, I have news to share! I’ve moved out of my downtown apartment and into a house in a quiet neighbourhood. This has been both sad and exciting. Sad, because I had to give up my garden plot. I now live too far away from it to maintain it. However, I now have a garden outside my front door, which […]

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Back to grocery store plants: Sweet Granadilla and Rambutan

Growing Sweet Granadilla and Rambutan

After a long break, I am growing grocery store fruits again! Over the past couple of years, most of my indoor growing experiments – pomegranate, peanut, and avocado, to name a few – have died of neglect. I’ve been so focused on vegetable gardening in my community garden plot that I didn’t make time for much else, which is a shame because grocery store plants are […]

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Growing grocery store plants: Tamarind PART 1

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So it’s been a while since I’ve attempted to grow anything from a grocery store plant, but winter is coming so that means it’s time for some indoor entertainment. I will show you how to sprout tamarind seedlings. I chose to grow tamarind this time because a bunch of my recipes call for it. It is a sticky paste similar to dates […]

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How to grow an avocado plant from a grocery store avocado pit

How to Grow an Avocado

This post is a spin-off from Growing Grocery Store Plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon. Due to the popularity of that post I am making a separate entry for the avocado plant instructions to make things more organized. GROWING AVOCADO There are two avocado plants on my windowsill, and each one was grown using a different method. METHOD ONE: DIRECT […]

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Growing passion fruit from grocery store seeds: Part 1

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So I’ve been wanting to grow passion fruit for a while. It’s a beautiful plant. Flowers bloom on the vine, their petals white with purple fringe, the pistil large and prodtruding far from the center with its twisting stamens. It’s a flower that is exotic to me, living in Canada where passion fruit does not naturally grow. The only place that it might exist here in Ottawa is in a […]

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Grow your own peanut plant PART 3 (FINALE)

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A continuation of Grow your own peanut plant PART ONE and PART TWO . . . . I know this update is long overdue and I apologize for making anyone wait for the final results.  I’m happy to report that the plant successfully produced several peanuts. Five of them, to be exact. Upon cracking them open, I was disappointed to […]

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Grow your own peanut plant: Part 2 (UPDATE)

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Some of you may remember that I started growing a peanut plant some months ago. I am very happy to report that the plant is alive and well on its way to producing actual peanuts. First let’s look at what it’s been up to. So far, it has survived the affections of my cat Eowyn. It has produced a couple […]

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This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

It is a Sunday afternoon in the middle of July. The mercury in the thermometer is climbing high and the sun shines brightly on my balcony. I step outside with a watering can, squinting, and within approximately 2.5 seconds the armpits of my 100% cotton t-shirt are soaked with sweat. The high-pitched humming of cicadas pierces through the chugging sound of a tortured air conditioner. Oh, lord. How am I supposed to get […]

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