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[ White Guinea Yam (Dioscorea cayenensis subsp. rotundata) | Posted on July 23, 2016 ]

I grew up eating this edible tuber. It is a type of yam. This is my first time growing it where I live (South Florida), and it's been an interesting experiment. I usually boil it with a little salt. It is healthy and delicious.

I got a starter from a friend, ate part of it, and put little pieces of it in a barrel. We are trying our hand at growing herbs and vegetables in our backyard, so growing name is part of that experiment.

The guinea yam is a vine, and the tubers grow big, so they need space. I recommend using a deep container because it is a pretty vine, but it also needs to be controlled. It wraps around EVERYTHING! It took about three months for the plant to sprout- I almost gave up on it and planted a grape tomato plant in the same container... not doing that again, though. The tomato plant grew mostly unobstructed, and yielded nice fruit, but now it is completely overshadowed by the vine. I had beginner's luck because the tomato plant was pretty much done with its fruit season. So, lesson learned: Keep it in its own container and don't plant anything else in that container. :)

Now I didn't realize that on this plant, tubers would actually grow on the vine. It may have been obvious for the usual gardeners, but this came as a surprise to me. I am going to take the ones that are on the vine and replant them. Let's see what happens! I will keep you posted.

[ Orchid (Oncidopsis Pacific Waters 'Paul's Pride') | Posted on April 5, 2013 ]

Nice soft fragrance, likes indirect light.

[ Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Bienvenue') | Posted on February 2, 2013 ]

Great plant to add a pop of color to the backyard. Loves the South Florida sun.

[ Banana (Musa acuminata) | Posted on August 12, 2012 ]

Banana plants can be grown in containers. They just need a little extra care.

[ Orchid (Vanda tricolor) | Posted on July 27, 2012 ]

Vandas like bright light but not intense heat. The name of the variety is: Ascocenda Ratchaburi Beauty.

[ Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) | Posted on July 26, 2012 ]

If provided with the right conditions, Venus Fly traps are pretty easy to keep happy. They like their roots wet, high humidity, full sunlight, and sphagnum moss that doesn't have fertilizer in it. Fertilizers will kill this plant.

[ Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) | Posted on July 25, 2012 ]

This plant produces plenty of flowers and is pretty much maintenance-free. It can be planted in the ground or in containers. Enjoys full sun.

[ Dwarf Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra 'Helen Johnson') | Posted on July 24, 2012 ]

I got this on member's day at Flamingo Gardens. It is a dwarf bougainvillea, I believe a Helen Johnson, but I'm not sure. It is pretty much a maintenance-free, sun-loving plant, and it blooms constantly.

[ Portulaca | Posted on July 23, 2012 ]

Easy to take care of, enjoys full sun.

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