Growing Curry Plant

Curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) is a delightful and fragrant herb plant. Curry plant is native to Turkey and thrives on sunny slopes where it attracts beneficial insects to its unusual flowers. Curry plant looks very similar to a lavender in its leaf stage.

Seeds sow in February/March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 3 weeks at 20°C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Take stem cuttings in spring or fall.

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Growing Ginger

Growing ginger – The ginger (Zingiber officinale) plant is an herbaceous perennial native to the tropical regions of Asia and India. The root has been used both in Asian cooking and in Chinese medicine for many centuries. Ginger is also grown in Jamaica and West Africa. In the United States, ginger is cultivated in Hawaii.


Ginger is a member of the Ginger plant family Zingiberaceae and is related to turmeric and cardamom. It should not be confused with the wild ginger (Asarum canadense) that is native to North America. Although not related botanically, the roots of the wild ginger have a similar pungent flavor and can be used to cook.

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Vanilla Bean: Planting & Care

The vanilla bean plant, also known by its botanical name as V. planifolia, is actually a member of the orchid family. Commercial vanilla beans are cultivated in Central and South American countries; particularly in Mexico.

You can plant your own vanilla bean plant at home. You may need to order the plant root or a cutting of the plant via the Internet or through a tropical plant company. If you receive the plant through a tropical plant company or an Internet company, follow the directions that come with it. The vanilla bean plant requires an artificial tropical climate similar to the area where the plant is normally grown. The vanilla bean plant is sensitive to light, heat, and moisture. An ideal environment should be in indirect sunlight with ample humidity and away from extreme cold temperatures.

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