The red Cinderella of cherries!! 1
Botanical Name: Malpighia emarginata
Common Name: Barbados cherry/ Acerola/ West Indian cherry
With its wavy evergreen leaves & spoon-shaped fringed lavender petals, the bright ‘Barbados Cherry tree’ is an interesting example of a fruit that rose, like Cinderella! Being a member of the Malpighiaceae family, it’s a large, bushy shrub. The plant is native to West Indies, Central and South America and has been spread beyond its natural range to Tropical & Sub-tropical regions Jamaica, Puerto Rico & Florida. During WW-II the Barbados cherry was identified as an excellent source of vitamin-C (% daily value: 2976/ 100 gm.)
Accentuated by bright evergreen leaves and pink flowers, the Barbados cherries are highly adaptive. Their electric-red fruits, borne singly are round and lobed, cherry-like, with thin, glossy skin. They are free from saturated fat, cholesterol, low in sodium and a good source of vitamin-A (15%). Studies done by the University of Puerto Rico's School of Medicine revealed the ability of this species to help fight colds and its high content of ascorbic acid that is embedded with balmy healing properties. Whether grown among other fruit trees in your garden, or in a container on the patio, you can still harvest sizeable amounts of delicious cherries each growing season.
Barbados cherry trees are fast growing and flourish well in adequate sized pots that enhances root development. Glazed pots will consume less water than earthen terracotta pots due to their porosity. A mixture of soil, sand and perlite is highly recommended. Bright & sunny window location with a more southern exposure is best for growth and fruit production. Moderately soak the pot with water and foliage watering may be done once a week. Shall we mesmerize you with this ‘reddish wonder’…safely guarded in our nursery pots!!?
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The Miraculous Insulin Plant 0
‘A leaf a day, keeps your diabetes away’!!
Botanical Name: Costus igneus
Common Name: Fiery Costus/ Spiral Flag/ Insulin plant
Originating in the fertile lands of Bahia and Espirito Santo (Eastern Brazil), Fiery costus is a traditional and an ornamental herb belonging to Costaceae family, with 200 species. Once related to ‘Ginger’ family, it’s famously known as ‘Insulin plant’ in India and Kostum in ancient Siddha literature. Punctuated by a mild purple shade, its large, green fleshy leaves are spirally arranged in arching clumps that grow 2ft. tall. C. igneus has the miraculous capacity to augment Insulin in our body thus curing Diabetes mellitus. It is used by the tribals of Kolli hills (Namakkal Dist., Tamil Nadu) for practically curing diabetes (Hegde et al., 2014). Speaking scientifically, powdered leaves of C. igneus reduced the blood sugar (fasting & PP) levels to normal (Shetty et al., 2010). Besides, it reduces cholesterol, fever, rashes, asthma, fights ageing, harmful bacteria & cancer.
Insulin plant contains number of essential ‘phytochemicals’ such as carbohydrates, proteins, flavonoids etc. (Jothivel et al., 2007). The simple ‘anti-diabetic tea’ can be prepared by adding 10 leaves in 1L of water that is boiled for a while and left for overnight. The cooled mixture is filtered and a cupful can be taken 30 mins. before breakfast. Diabetics can also comfortably take 2 leaves/day in the morning and evening for 1 week. After a week the patient should take one leaf each in the morning & evening for 30 days. The leaves must be chewed well before swallowing.
Insulin plant needs fertile soil, moisture and sunshine but it also grows in slightly shady areas luxuriously in pots. Flowering occurs during warm months and the petals are quite sweet and nutritious. It's a quick lower grower and makes a great ground cover. Feel the balmy essence of Costus at your home & lead a healthy life!
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Miracle Fruit! A 1725 evergreen shrub, discovery of Chevalier des Marchais from West Africa 0
Have you ever seen a fellow human turning a sour situation to sweet and warmth? Then that would be a miracle in our lives, right? Do not know about the existence of such miracle fellow humans around us, but definitely, we are blessed with a Miracle berry. The miracle of turning a sour taste to one of sweetness! In this a lesson for humans! All thanks to the gustatory effects of Miraculin glycoprotein inducing sweetness.
Miracle fruit revolutionized the world of diabetes, weight loss, and antioxidant- disease prevention. A contribution of its History to Research helped a lot to understand the taste altering property from sour to sweet taste and consists of one calorie of energy. A study revealed it as “The next generation anti-diabetic drug in Type-2 diabetes mellitus”. Being
rich in antioxidants it helps against damage caused by free radicles in our body.
It is definitely a must plant in the garden. The plant can grow up to 20 feet outdoor and 5 feet in the pot. Originated from evergreen tropical climate miracle fruit tree can do best in partial shade, which requires bright light with good drainage and acidic soil conditions and need regular watering. A true gardener would suggest watering the plant as if it is raining! Neem oil treatment should do well against pests and insects.
When the world of Drug, Nutrition industry and Research are behind this 1725 Miracle to prove its legacy, why can’t we have one in our garden and let it exploit us with its amazing characteristic properties to keep us healthy and beautiful?
Grab one from Exotic flora...it’s time!
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Bold and Beautiful Lustier Tropical Bloom 0
Having enormous varieties of species and popularly known for its flowering nature throughout the year, Hibiscus also has diverse significance. Hibiscus being a beautiful, bright flower in various lustier reflecting colors, it is the most embraced plant as wholeness whether it is used for inner health or for external beauty care. Hibiscus is used as a cultural and religious flower in India for Pooja.
Hibiscus tea, rich in vitamin-c and anti-oxidants has amazing refreshing effects on us...what more we need while surrounded by our stressful life styles. Plant leafs are used as a very good hair conditioner. Ayurveda emphasizes on the legacy of its medicinal and beauty enhancing values.Talking about Hibiscus Plant, growing this plant comes with easy care. If you want your plant to grow happily give it some sunlight since these plants grow well in tropical conditions having loam soil with a combination of sand, slit and clay which will keep the moist and at the same time act as good water drainer. Hibiscus plant can be grown in the garden at different heights between 3-7 Feet. A regular trimming of stems and old leaves is required. Hibiscus need to be treated with natural insecticidal soap oil or neem oils to control Aphid pest control.
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