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Growing Begonia ‘Autumn Ember’ p.p.a.f. (Begonia rhizomatous hybrid)

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

begonia autumn ember

Begonias are some of the easiest plants to grow in containers in a home environment. Our newest hybrid, ‘Autumn Ember’ has taken the begonia world by storm with its brilliant orange leaves. This rhizomatous begonia hybrid is a cross between Begonia ‘Marmaduke’ and Begonia ‘Angel Glow.’ Selected out of a group of seedlings, ‘Autumn Ember’ shows the brightest orange coloring, especially when they are newly emerging as juvenile leaves. When grown with other begonias, ‘Autumn Ember’ literally glows in comparison and when seen from afar, the mass of orange leaves catches the attention of all who gaze upon it.

Growth Habit:
Medium-sized leaves spread by rhizomes and can be pinched to create a well-branched bushy form. The color intensity of the leaves depends on the amount of light. In the wintertime, we have noticed there is no green at all, and believe it is the quality of light at that time that turns the leaves orange. The older leaves will eventually fade and soften in color.

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Growing Kumquats- The Pop-in-Your-Mouth Fruit

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

The Kumquat is thought to have originated in Southern Japan and China.  It was originally known as the “gam kwat” with an early reference in the 12th century. Fortunella margarita 'Nagami'Kumquats are loved for their oval, oblong or round tiny fruit that produce abundantly on small trees in the ground or prolifically in containers. The bite-size, pop-in-your-mouth fruit have edible skin.  Some varieties are sweet on the outside and tart on the inside; others are sweet all the way through. In 1864, Robert Fortune, a collector from the London Horticultural Society introduced kumquats to Europe, and shortly thereafter to North America. In 1915, Kumquats were no longer classified as Citrus japonica but were named after Mr. Fortune and the new genus became  Fortunella.

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Camellias – Delightful Winter and Spring Bloomers

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin


Camellia ‘High Fragrance’ (Camellia lutchuensis hybrid)

Camellias are well-loved flowers, nicknamed the “tea flower” with hundreds of different species boasting unusual colors and forms. They are flowering shrubs from Asia and are well known for their prolific floral displays in winter and spring. Camellias were first grown in China and Japan where they were depicted in art, on wallpaper and even on early porcelain. In the early 1700’s, the camellia made its way to England. Camellia sinensis, the tea of commerce, was brought to England for the tea industry.

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Choosing Containers, Pots and Vessels for your Plants

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Containers, pots and vessels for plants have been around for thousands of years. They have become a well-loved art form and brokenmany times they are the focal point in garden rooms, patios and windowsills. In the United States, a glazed flowerpot dating back to 1750 from Norwich, Connecticut was thought to be the earliest pot in the U.S. but then a three-inch clay pot in a Spanish settlement on Parris Island, SC was unearthed dating back to 1569. The earliest flowerpot on record was first documented in 317-287 BC Athens, Greece. Whether beautiful hand thrown, rolled-rim terra cotta pots from Italy, glazed orchid pots from England, colorful plastic pots from China or earthen pots from the United States, we know one thing for sure and that is the obsession with pots is worldwide. There is no question that size, shape, color and form are players in the container gardening scene but our focus in this article is about the advantages and disadvantages of each container and their effects upon the plant.

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Grow Your Own Cup of Coffee

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Coffee arabica plant
Coffee is a popular beverage around the world. In America alone, 54% of the population over age 18, consume coffee everyday (National Coffee Association 2014). Every few years, a new study comes out and tells us something new about coffee consumption. Lately, the research has been pointing to health benefits such as: long term coffee consumption can reduce the risk of diabetes, slow the progression of liver cancer, lessen the risk of Parkinson’s disease and is reported to not have any ill effects with regards to heart disease or stroke (Harvard School of Public Health 2015). Coffee consumption is not going away. Instead, the enjoyment and ritual around a morning cup of coffee has become an obsession. Growing your own coffee beans is now a key part of that obsession.

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