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Native Australian Kurrajong Tree (Bottle Tree, Brachychiton populneus) - edible, useful, hardy & versatile.

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Bottle Tree / Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus) Introduction

Australian native, extremely drought hardy tree. Grows 5-15m tall. Edible seeds, leaves, flowers & roots - roast the seeds and grind into flour, make coffee out of them, or make nets from the fibrous bark and catch some fish. Bird & Insect attracting. Very easy to grow and suitable for just about any position. Suitable as wind break, cattle fodder, pot plant, feature tree, street tree, shade tree, this tree has got it all! Frost hardy to -5.

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HIbiscus Insularis-Philip Island Hibiscus

Hibiscus Insularis - Philip Island Hibiscus

Hibiscus Insularis is also known as Philip Island Hibiscus, due to its’ being found in only ONE spot in the wild (can you guess where?)

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Black Sapote-Gardening for Chocaholics

 

Black Sapote - Chocolate Pudding Fruit 

If you’re a chocolate fan (and let’s face it-who isn’t?) then you will want to hear about the Black Sapote, or Chocolate Pudding Fruit. As the name suggests, this is an extraordinary plant whose fruits produce a healthier version of that universal favourite, chocolate pudding. Alright, so it won’t be exactly the same and nor does it come in a handy little pot-but the taste and texture are unique and delicious!

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It's Raining... Plants! Why rainwater is better for your garden.

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 All plants need water to survive-it’s as simple as that. If you don’t water your plants they will surely die, and of course any type of water is better than none at all-but did you know that some water is better than others? Rainwater is water in its purest and most natural form, and as such surely it makes sense that it is the best thing to water your plants with. I mean, it’s been doing a pretty good job for millions of years, right?

Rainwater vs Tap Water

Rainwater falls straight from the sky, and although there are some arguments that suggest that the problem of acid rain may cause damage to plants, there is little doubt that it is a cleaner, safer and more natural way to water your plants. Tap water is treated with chemicals to make it safe for human consumption, and these chemicals are not necessarily good for our plants.

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Natural Pollinators

Nature's Little Helpers

It is hard to believe that a tiny insect holds the key to life as we know it, but the truth is that without the humble bee, the human race would seriously struggle to survive. This is because bees are responsible for the ongoing growth and production of plants-without bees to pollinate them, plants would not be able to reproduce and most of the natural life on earth would quickly die out. Sounds a bit dramatic, doesn’t it?!

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Cultivating Plants from the Exotic Rainforest Ecosystems of Australia

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The plant species found in the Australian rainforest manifest the rich diversity of plant life in the continent. For starters, more than 2,500 species have been recorded including a huge number of endemic species found only in Australia. It’s quite hard to keep track of all the species because every year, they find a new one and have to find a name for it. Many plants that are cultivated by hobbyists come from Australia’s tropical rainforests. Cultivating exotic plants can be a rewarding hobby. 

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