Solanaceae (Nightshades) Family

The nightshade family is made up of very different plants such as tomatoes; potatoes; chillies and peppers (capsicum); and aubergine (eggplant) as well as tobacco and tomatillo/ground cherry (I just bought one so will update). Potatoes are a tuber that although related to tomatoes, diverged 7.3 million years ago and tend to be cultivated by tuber multiplication rather than flower and seed collection.   Continue reading Solanaceae (Nightshades) Family

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Easy Orchid

The orchid that grows like a bulb – for when you want to grow orchids but think it might be too hard. Pleiones are orchids but grow up from a bulb that is dormant each winter – even though they are mostly from Asia they are a cool climate orchid. They can be grown indoors … Continue reading Easy Orchid