Water Lettuce: Cheerful Green Blooms Afloat on Water

Water Lettuces are small, lovely tropical aquatic plants that float on top of water in ponds and water tubs.  They are pretty widespread in the tropics, and can be widely found in Thailand.  Their scientific/Latin name is “Pistia Stratiotes L”.

Throughout the years, I’ve seen these lovely tropical aquatic plants in various garden ponds and large water containers in front of homes and shops in Thailand, and wondered what they are, and how do they grow?

Large water lettuce grown with Thai water lotuses.

It wasn’t until I bought these plants from a vendor in Bangkok, that I was able to observe Water Lettuces up-close in my garden.  Water lettuces are like round green flowers (whose appearances resemble small round lettuces) that float atop the surfaces of water in ponds or large water containers.

Water lettuce floating in a shallow tub in my garden.

The plants have long, soft roots under water that also serve as an anchor to balance the floating plants, similar to the roots of water hyacinths, another tropical aquatic plant.

Water lettuces and Thai lotuses in antique pot, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Water lettuces are very carefree plants that thrive in ponds or in sufficiently large, water-filled pots or containers.  The size of the watertight pots or containers should be sufficiently large and deep to accomodate the underwater growth of the plants’ roots.  Interestingly, it seems that the plants become particularly large and green during the ample moisture of the rainy (wet monsoon) season, and their sizes decline somewhat during the dry season.

Large water lettuce plants at The Author's Lounge, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Based upon my experience, water lettuces are best kept in partial shade, as exposure to extended periods of full sun will cause the leaf colors to turn yellowish, thereby losing their lush green color.  When kept in partial shade, the plants appear to grow more profusely and develop attractive, green leaves.

Water lettuce in earthen bowl.

Propagation is very simple, as small plantlets will soon appear on the sides of the bases of healthy parent plants. These can soon be separated and grown elsewhere to form new clusters.  Water lettuces thrive in the waters of wet, tropical environments and tend to multiply quite rapidly under suitable conditions – particularly during the humid, rainy (wet monsoon) season.

Crowded Water Lettuces in an Earthen Pot

Soon, you will have plenty of plantlets to share with other avid gardeners and friends!  In addition to their popularity in the gardens and homes in Bangkok, water lettuces can be found in wide areas of Thailand, mostly in ponds or relatively slow-flowing canals.

Happy Gardening, wherever you are, and wherever you may be!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Leb Mue Nang: Majestic Tropical Vines

Among the most vintage of all traditional Thai flowering perennials is the “Leb Mue Nang”, a majestic tropical flowering vine with very fragrant, colorful blossoms that can quickly cover an entire garden wall.

Since I was very young, I can remember these awesome tropical flowering vines growing in my grandparents’ gardens in Bangkok and upcountry, covering entire pavilions (“salas” in Thai) and garden walls with their colorful, fragrant blooms.  Leb Mue Nangs, also known as Quisqualis Indica, are very large tropical vines that grow especially rapidly during the rainy season, and can over time cover entire sections of tall garden walls or roofs of pavilions.

Leb Mue Nang vines produce plenty of colorful, intensely fragrant blossoms.

In the Thai language the term “Leb Mue Nang” translates to “The Fingernails of a Lady”, which is a very fitting name given the bright colors and intense fragrance of their blossoms. Leb Mue Nang vines produce a plethora of colorful blossoms that incorporate varying shades of white, pink, dark pink, and red – all in each and every vine! Moreover, the blossoms are especially fragrant during the late evening hours into nighttime.

Leb Mue Nang blossoms encompass shades of white, light pink, dark pink, and red, all in one vine!

These lovely perennials love plenty of sunshine, and will be a wonderful addition for tropical gardens that are able to provide sufficient space for them to climb, such as sunny walls and pavilions. Propagation is via small plantlets that normally grow near the bases of mature plants, presumably from fallen seeds. Pruning will allow the plants to grow and bloom even more vigorously, particularly during the rainy (wet monsoon) season.

Leb Mue Nang blossoms are intensely fragrant, especially during the late evening and nighttime hours.

Thank you for your interest in this blog article.  Comments are very welcome, and if you happen to have any additional information or experience with these tropical vines, please feel free to share them with all of us.

Happy gardening, wherever you are in Thailand, and around the world!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Mahalab Bulb Plants: Flowering Season

In Thailand, March through May is the annual flowering season for the popular Mahalab herbaceous bulb plants, leading to a burst of cheerful reddish-orange blooms around my tropical garden.

Orange-reddish blooms of Mahalab bulb plants in Bangkok, Thailand. These look like small, lovely Japanese lanterns.

As mentioned in an earlier blog, “Mahalabs” are tropical bulb plants with large, very light green, spade-shaped leaves that grow approximately 20 inches high. Mahalabs are among Thailand’s most popular bulb plants due not only to their beauty, but also the popular belief that these plants attract wealth and good fortune. This stems from their name, whereby the term “mahalab” translates to “great wealth and fortune” in Thai.  During the period spanning the months of March through May, these bulb plants produce reddish-orange blooms atop tall stalks which are shaped like tiny Japanese lanterns:

Awesome Mahalab flowers in my front garden.

These orange-reddish blooms are truly adorable, and add lots color to Thai gardens during the annual hot dry (pre-monsoon) season:

A close-up view of the bright reddish-orange Mahalab blossoms.

Another close-up view of the bright reddish-orange Mahalab blossoms that resemble tiny Japanese lanterns, atop tall green stalks. These attractive blossoms are frequently visited by large numbers of bees during the cooler morning hours.

The bright reddish-orange blooms of the Mahalab bulb plants resemble tiny Japanese lanterns.

Amazingly, the flower stalks of Mahalab plants are much taller than the spade-shaped, light green leaves, thereby creating a colorful contrast to these normally low-lying herbaceous bulb plants:

A full view of Mahalab flower stalks.

Depending upon the particular bulb and plant, flower stalks start to appear in Bangkok from early March onwards until late April, while the colorful blooms persist until approximately mid-May, when they wind down just as the rainy monsoon begins.

Mahalab flowers add a bright, cheerful touch to my tropical garden.

For more information on this amazing plant, please visit my earlier blog on this beloved herbaceous tropical bulb, via the following link:

https://latzgardening.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/mahalab-tropical-bulb-plants/

Readers’ comments are very welcomed! Please note that the name “Malahab” is  a local Thai name for this plant.  Any suggestions regarding its Latin biological name would be much appreciated.

Mahalab bulb plants produce orange-reddish blooms shaped like tiny Japanese lanterns during March to May in Bangkok, Thailand.

Happy gardening, wherever you are around the world!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Reforestation Scenes in Northern China, Summer 2010

Reforestation Scenes in Northern China (Shanxi, Hebei, and Beijing) During My  Visit in Summer 2010

During my visit to northern China which took me to Datong and surrounding regions, Wu Tai Shan, and Beijing, I was delighted to witness a very massive reforestation program in progress, both in rural and urban areas. As we traveled from Beijing to the historic city of Datong to the west (northern Shanxi Province), reforestation can be seen in large tracts of land along the way.

Lush green pine-covered mountains surrounding Wu Tai Shan National Park and UNESCO Heritage Site, Shanxi Province, China.

In Beijing, I was delighted to see large numbers of trees, shrubs and gardens being planted along streets, roads, and canals, imparting a sense of freshness and greenness which blended very well with the modern high-rises. Beijing is located on the northern terminus of the North China Plain, which is has a continental monsoon climate with cold, dry winters (dry northeast monsoon), and warm, relatively wet summers (moist southerly monsoons). Dust storms occur occasionally during the spring as strong winds blow in from the deserts which lie farther to the north and west. The region is quite dry when compared to southern China, but lush compared to the neighboring Loess Pleateau just to the west.

Lush, verdant green mountains during the warm, wet summer monsoon season, near the Great Wall just to the west of Beijing, China.

The scenery among the hills west of Beijing and the Great Wall was one of lush green hills and rehabilitated forest lands, punctuated by corn fields and vegetable plots.  This was in late June, during the height of the moist summer season when agriculture is at its full swing:

During the warm moist summer monsoon, agriculture is at its full swing. Here corn fields abound to the west of Beijing and near Datong City in the upper fringes of Shanxi Province.

The same lush green scene is repeated in Wu Tai Shan National Park, as well as the mountains, hills, and plains to the southwest of Beijing.  During my stay in Wu Tai Shan and my return trip to Beijing, there were scenes of forests, roadside trees, bright green corn fields (most prevalent crop seen) and vegetable plots:

This is a town in Shanxi Province, near the border with Hebei Province - still lush with vegetation. The topographical change is noticeable as I traveled westward and crossed from the North China Plain into the more dusty and arid Loess Plateau.

Vegetable plot beside a Buddhist temple wall, Wu Tai Shan, Shanxi, China.

Lovely mixed gardens also abound among the courtyards of the Buddhist temples of Wu Tai Shan, in northeastern Shanxi Province:

Lovely mixed gardens abound in the courtyards of Buddhist Temples, Wu Tai Shan, China.

The lush agricultural scene coupled with abundant streams and canals signifies to me that this northern fringe of the North China Plain has been experiencing a fairly generous amount of rainfall thus far this summer. It’s also probably a testimony to the region’s extensive and well-developed irrigation system – possibly at the expense of available underground aquifers.

As I headed past the mountains to the west of Beijing and entered the Loess Plateau, the scenery and topography began to transform considerably.  From the lush, verdant green hills and plains to the west and southwest of Beijing, the Loess Plateau was considerably drier and dustier, evidence of lower rainfall in this region which lies to the west of the North China Plain.

Drier hills became evident as I entered the Loess Plateau in northern Shanxi Province, heading westward from Beijing towards Datong.

The topography became increasingly dry and dusty as we neared Datong, a city located on the northern fringes of Shanxi Province. This region is adjacent to Inner Mongolia, and therein lies the Gobi desert farther to the north.

The landscape became increasingly dry and dusty as I headed westward along the northern fringes of the Loess Plateau towards Datong. Shanxi Province lies just south of Inner Mongolia, which contains the Gobi Desert further to the north.

The most arid and desolate scene I observed was in northern Shanxi, just outside Datong near the Hanging Monastery. There, we traveled pass villages nestled among dry mountains and hills, which seemed quite desolate indeed – especially when compared to the thick green vegetations of my native Southeast Asia (Thailand in my case).

Near the Hanging Monastery just to the south of Datong, we passed this village nestled among the dry, dusty hills of the Loess Plateau in northern Shanxi, China.

Both the Loess Plateau and the North China Plain are prone to periodic droughts during summer and dust storms during the spring. This problem appears to have been exacerbated in recent decades due to deforestation, overgrazing, and land degradation.

Another scene of a village in a dry mountain valley near the Hanging Monastery, in Shanxi Province, China.

Fortunately, during recent decades the Chinese government has embarked in a massive reforestation program in northern China, evidenced by large-scale reclamation of land for reforestation, and the planting of trees along the sides of roads and on land not actively used in agriculture. In rural areas, many farmers are encouraged to plant saplings of local fir and deciduous trees, which the government then buys for transplanting in areas being reforested. This greening-up effort appears to have paid off significantly, as seen during my trip to Beijing and northern Shanxi Province.  Large areas that were formerly arid, dusty, and yellow soil are now covered in blankets of green.

This open woodland is a reforested area along the westward highway from Beijing to Datong.

The trees and shrubs being planted not only help to conserve the soil and prevent erosion, but they also retain moisture and alleviate droughts, thereby stemming the spread of deserts to the north and west.

Reforestation is underway as numerous trees and shrubs are planted in the relatively dry northern fringes of the Loess Plateau, near Datong, northern Shanxi Province, China.

Another scene of the massive reforestation underway in the dry northern fringes of the Loess Plateau near Datong city, Shanxi Province:

This area of the yellow, dusty Loess Plateau in northern Shanxi Province is planted with numerous trees and shrubs to retain soil quality and moisture, in an effort to stem the spread of deserts, and to mitigate the impact of dust storms during the spring.

As an avid gardener and plant enthusiast, it’s very delightful to see large areas of formerly degraded, arid land now covered in canopies of green.

Densely reforested area near the Yunggang Grottoes, Datong, Shanxi, China.

Near the Yunggang Grottoes, large tracts of dry, dusty land are being planted with numerous trees and shrubs.

Trees and shrubs are planted with great care as part of the reforestation of dry land near the Yunggang Buddhist Grottoes, Datong, Shanxi Province, China.

The greening-up and reforestation campaign is clearly evident in urban areas as well, as seen by the widespread planting of trees, shrubs, plants, and gardens in such urban areas as Beijing and Datong which I’ve recently visited.  In urban areas, I’ve observed large numbers of trees and shrubs being planted along the sides of roads and canals, and in large urban public parks and “green belts” along highways.

This area in northern Shanxi province along a highway just outside of Datong is being planted intensively with pines and other local trees. Near Datong, Shanxi, northern China.

This greenery was augmented by significant numbers of urban public gardens.

Numerous trees and shrubs are planted in Datong City, both along roads, in gardens in front of various residential areas, as well as public parks. This creates a refreshing 'green' atmosphere which blended very well with the modern high-rises springing up.

My Chinese guide explained that nowadays the Chinese government tries to instill a love of nature and trees among the people, and has designated April 12th as a special tree-planting day. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and those who aren’t able to participate will be required to pay a fee, which shall be used to hire someone to do the planting instead! In Beijing, the two most common trees being planted are (1) the “Lew” (willow trees), and (2) the “Yan” (another local tree).  Both are local tree species that grow very fast in Beijing and the surrounding regions, and are very versatile in the face of strong winds.

Myself amidst the trees and shrubs in the Olympic Green, Beijing, China.

Overall, this trip to northern China was a very pleasant eye-opener tree-wise and garden-wise for a plant lover and gardening enthusiast like me! During this trip, I’ve also documented a variety of indoor ornamental plants which I’ve encountered, which appear surprisingly similar to ornamental plants in Thailand, possibly a testimony to the constant trading contacts between the two countries since antiquity.

I strongly hope that this massive reforestation program continues to gain momentum in China during the coming decades, and that the program is replicated elsewhere around Asia and the world to mitigate the effects of global warming and climate change.

Happy Gardening, Wherever You Are and Wherever You May Be!

Think Positive, Think Green

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Allamanda Plants: Cheerful Tropical Blooms

Tropical Allamanda Plants Provide Bright, Cheerful Blooms Amidst the Summer Heat and Humidity

Originally from Central and South America, Allamanda vines and bushes are now very prevalent throughout the tropics, and Thailand is no exception. These plants provide bright, cheerful yellow blooms year-round amidst the tropical heat and humidity, especially during the rainy monsoon season of May-October.

Tropical yellow Allamandas blooming profusely in my Bangkok garden during the wet monsoon (rainy) season.

I’ve been growing these cheerful Allamanda plants in my garden in Bangkok, Thailand, for over a decade, and they’ve been blooming profusely year-round, year after year. Allamandas have leathery, dark-green, shiny leaves that are as attractive as their blooms. Flowers also come in other colorful shades apart from yellow, ranging from orange to pink.

Creeping Allamandas on my front garden wall (Bangkok, Thailand). Allamanda vines can grow to be 15 ft long, but the plants can also be pruned to form attractive hedges or bushes.

Though many Allamandas grow as vines which can reach up to 15 ft long, they can be easily pruned into bushes and hedges.  In my experience, pruning helps to reinvigorate new growth and flowers.  These cheerful plants are great when pruned into bushes and hedges, or they can be allowed to grow and cover walls or larger trees with their bright blooms.

These Allamanda vines have been pruned into an attractive bush. Allamandas are very long-lasting perennials, and will bloom in your garden year after year, for decades!

As tropical plants, Allamandas love full sun, prefer moist soil, and thrive in heat and humidity. In Thailand growth is fastest & flowering most vigorous during the wet monsoon season (May-October), but they do bloom year-round. In warm tropical regions, Allamandas can be planted directly in the garden in a sunny spot with moist soil. They love water and even grow wild in the tropics beside streams and near ponds.

A tall allamanda bush blooming in my tropical garden in Bangkok, Thailand. Actually, it keeps blooming almost year-round with a good supply of water and nutrients.

In colder temperate climates, Allamandas can be grown in large pots and kept indoors during the winter, during which watering should be reduced due to slower growth. As tropical plants, Allamandas are highly sensitive to frost and must be shielded from the cold.

If planted directly in a tropical garden, grown Allamandas dislike being moved or transplanted, so make sure you’re planting these bright tropical perennials in a great spot where you can enjoy their blooms in the long haul, year after year.

Allamanda vines can grow to be very dense and long, if not pruned. Here, the allamanda vines form dense canopy of green over my garden wall, punctuated by cheerful yellow blooms.

Please check out the following websites for additional information on Allamandas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allamanda

http://www.botanical-journeys-plant-guides.com/allamanda-plant.html

Happy gardening, wherever your garden may be!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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“Mahalab” Tropical Bulb Plants

The “Mahalab” Thai Herbal Bulb Plants: Delightful and Auspicious!

In the Thai (Siamese) language, the term “Mahalab” actually means “Great Fortune” and “Great Wealth”, which is precisely why this herbal and bulbous plant is so popular in Thailand, especially among shopkeepers who keep them in front of their shops as an auspicious token.

Mahalab bulb plants growing in the ground in my Bangkok garden. These tropical bulb plants prefer a sunny, well-drained location in the garden with rich, loamy soil.

Mahalabs are Thai herbal and bulbous plants with very light green stems and leaves usually no greater than approximately 10-15 inches in height.  They love being pot-bound, and need replanting only every 2-3 years.  Propagation is via planting of bulblets which are outgrowths of the parent bulbs.

Mahalab bulb plants are in full bloom during March to May in Bangkok, Thailand.

When planting, make sure that the soil covers the entire bulb, and up about 1 inch up the stems.  Malalabs thrive in rich potting mix and loams, and prefers large pots or locations with good drainage.  They thrive in full to partial sun, so make sure that the location receives at least a few hours of sunlight each day.

Whether in large pots or in the garden, Mahalabs prefer to be watered approximately 2 to 3 times weekly, and they are pretty drought tolerant. In very dry conditions, the plants may shed their leaves, only to grow back again when moisture returns.  These lovely plants are evergreen year-round when watered consistently.

Naturalizd Mahalab bulb plants during blooming season in Bangkok, Thailand.

Although the foliages of Mahalabs are the most dense and rich during Thailand’s wet monsoon months (June-October), they produce spectacular orange-reddish flowers atop long stalks during Thailand’s hot dry months of March-May. Pinch off the flowers as soon as they finish blooming to keep the plant vigorous.

Mahalabs are excellent tropical herbal and bulbous plants that thrive in heat, humidity, and sunshine. Hence they are great additions to any tropical garden, whether in large pots or in well-drained locations. They usually multiply prolifically via bulblets off the base of the parent bulbs, so you’ll soon have even more to share will fellow friends and gardeners!

In colder climates such as China, Japan, Europe, and the United States, Mahalabs make excellent indoor house plants.  Just place them in a warm location near the window where there’s plenty of sunlight.  Make sure the temperature doesn’t drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, as these are tropical plants which are sensitive to cold conditions.

Mahalab bulb plants make great potted plants as they enjoy being pot-bound. Replanting is required only once every 3-4 years, once the bush becomes crowded due to the growth of new bulblets, which can be replanted and propagated.

Once every 3-4 years, Mahalab bulb plants can be divided and propagated as they bushes and pots fill up with new, smaller bulblets. The bulbs can be carefully dug up and washed, prior to the replanting and propagation process. When digging the bulbs up, it’s best to be very careful not to injure the bulbs, as they are best replanted intact in order to avoid diseases and complications. If the Mahalab bushes are in pots, the entire ball should be slided out of the pot and then gently pried apart. The Mahalab bulbs can then be replanted in the new pots which are filled with rich, loamy gardening soil mix and organic fertilizers (I prefer processed animal manure and compost). The bulbs should be replanted so that they are approximately 3 inches apart in order to allow for new growth. Once the bulbs are replanted, cover them with soil so that the base of the bulbs are approximately 1-1.5 inches below the soil level.  Water well.

The Mahalab's colorful blossoms are a lively addition to any tropical garden.

Hope you’ll enjoy growing and propagating these lovely Mahalab tropical bulb plants, and be sure to share them with fellow gardeners and plant lovers! Mahalabs are also great as ground cover in a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden.

Your comments are welcome, and if you happen to know the botanical or latin name of this plant, please share it with me and everyone!

Gardening’s great, and it rocks! Thanks.

Happy Gardening,  wherever you are and wherever you may be around the world, and Enjoy!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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“Bua Amazon” or Thai “Amazon Lily”

Thailand’s “Amazon Lily”, Commonly Known as “Bua Amazon” – An Excellent, Exotic Alternative to the Common Water Lilies

Thailand now abounds with numerous tropical water plants, many of them originally imported and eventually assimilated into the local flora and fauna. The “Bua Amazon”, or the Thai Amazon Lily, bears no relationship with the common water lily, nor is it the same as the more commonly known “Amazonian Water Lily” cited in Western botanical texts. Today the “Bua Amazon” is a very common water plant in Thailand, found in private home gardens, in front of shops, and in many public water gardens.

Bua Amazon thrives in large pools that are covered by shallow water at the top. The topsoil should be at least 1 inch below the water level.

I’ve been growing Bua Amazons for several years already, and can testify that this common water plant is indeed versatile and attractive. Though they prefer sunny to partially sunny locations, my experience is that they also do quite well in light shade. Bua Amazons are water plants that have dark green spade-shaped leaves on stalks approximately 1-2 ft high, depending upon container size and soil quality.

Bua Amazons have very attractive bright green foliage. The plant thrives in ponds that are covered by shallow water, beside riverbanks, in large watertight pots and containers, and even in wet, soggy spots in the garden.

Bua Amazons thrive in ponds that lie under shallow water, so long as water covers the base of the plants. Unlike common water lilies, Bua Amazons also survive in wet soggy soil that don’t necessarily have to be completely submerged under water.

Though Bua Amazons are water plants, they tolerate wet, soggy spots in the garden that aren't necessarily submerged under water.

My tip to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes is, I plant Bua Amazons in large to very large watertight pots and containers, and fill up the containers with a mix of standard potting soil, organic fertilizer (processed animal manure) and clay soil. After setting the plants in place, I cover the surface (approximately 2-3 inches below the container’s upper rim) with a layer of clay soil to prevent sediments and fertilizers below from floating. I then water the container so that the water fills up approximately 1-2 inches above the top soil. The plants should be watered again in about 2 or 3 days after the water has just dried up below the top soil to break the mosquito breeding cycle. Remember, even though the water has dried up beneath the topsoil, it is still very wet and soggy beneath, enough to support these versatile water plants.

Bua Amazons can be planted in large glazed earthen pots that are water-tight. Fill in the soil mix until the surface is 2-3 inches below the height of the large pot. Water until full, then wait a few days until water has receded just below the soil surface before filling the pot up with water above the soil surface again.

Once sufficiently mature, Bua Amazons produce long flower stalks with small white blossoms blooming along the stalks.  Once these blooms have faded, tiny plantlets will grow in their place along the stalks.

"Bua Amazons" grow rapidly with ample water and moisture. The is the same pot as the one displayed above which was planted 2-months earlier during Thailand's rainy season. The plants certainly grew quite rapidly.

Once sufficiently mature, these plantlets can be replanted and rooted in shallow ponds or watery soil.  First, cut out each individual plantlet or groups of plantlets from the flower stalks:

Bua Amazon plantlets, which can be rooted in water or directly in wet soil. If rooted in soil, make sure that water level is sufficiently above the base of the plants for the coming weeks, in order to spur new root growth.

Second, the plantlets can be planted directly in wet soil or rooted in water (to spur root growth prior to being transplanted in wet soil.)

These Bua Amazon plantlets are rooted directly in wet soil, near the parent plants.

If planted directly in the soil, water the pot so that the water level sufficiently covers the base of the plantlets. Make sure that the water level is kept consistent for the coming weeks, in order to allow the plantlets to root and establish themselves.

New Bua Amazon plantlets, planted and watered. Make sure water level is sufficiently above the base of the plantlets in order to spur new root growth.

So in a few months, you will have plenty of homegrown Bua Amazon plantlets to propagate or to share with friends and fellow avid gardeners.

Bua Amazons make great potted plants, chiefly in large glazed, water-tight containers. They make great garden and balcony plants, and prefer sunny to partly sunny locations.

You will definitely enjoy this amazing water plant!

A Bua Amazon bush in a wet corner of my Bangkok garden, during the height of the wet monsoon (rainy) season.

Your comments and feedbacks are welcome. If you happen to know the botanical or latin names of these plants, please do share it with me and fellow gardeners. Thanks!

Happy Gardening, and Enjoy!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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