How to Grow Coffee Plants as Bonsai Trees

A coffee plant with red berries being grown as a bonsai.

Bonsai, in English, is an all encompassing term used to describe miniature trees grown in containers or pots. Although the original Japanese definition was slightly different from modern interpretations, the sum and substance remaining is a potted tree trained to grow in a miniaturized fashion. To start your own Bonsai is relatively simple, to maintain … Read more

13 Edible Prickly Pear Varieties and Taste Profile

Harvested and multi-colored prickly pear fruit in a basket.

Are prickly pears edible? What do they taste like? Below you will find a list of prickly pears and what to expect when it comes to taste. There are dozens of species of Prickly Pear that fall under the scientific classification ‘Opuntia‘. They produce a tasty edible fruit commonly known as Prickly Pears. There are … Read more

How to Grow Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly pear cactuses with purple fruit growing on them.

Cactus pears also known as prickly pear cactus are native to the American Southwest, primarily the Sonora Desert. The fruit is quite tasty and surprisingly juicy. The average cactus pear weighs around 4 Ounces, most of that 4 oz. is dietary fiber and water which is ideal for reducing cholesterol levels, it also boasts a … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Coffee Trees

Red ripe coffee berries or cherries hanging from the branches of the tree.

The plant that produces our morning cup of coffee makes an excellent houseplant, and even a good yard plant if you live in a warm enough zone. Not only does it have its aesthetic appeal, but it also produces 2 valuable crops. The coffee bean as well as the super fruit that encases the coffee … Read more

Kumquats as Bonsai

Bonsai Trees can be started in a number of ways, from cuttings, seedlings or small trees, or even seeds you germinate yourself. Any woody perennial tree or shrub can be made into Bonsai, some produce better results than others. You’ll only need one tree to start – kumquats are self pollinating / self fertile, so … Read more

Fruit Bearing Bonsai Trees

Bonsai is the art of tediously training what would be standard sized trees to grow in a miniaturized fashion while maintaining the shape and basic structure of a full sized tree. They are not different tree species. This is done by restricting their growth by keeping them in containers and shaping them via pruning. Keeping … Read more

Basil Planting Care Harvest and Storage

Basil is a bushy annual, most varieties grow 1 to 2 feet tall. They have glossy opposing leaves and white flowers. Basil leaves are utilized in the recipes from many ethnic groups, but most commonly in tomato dishes such as pesto, salads and tomato dishes. Many varieties are available with subtle differences in taste as … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Barrel Cactus

A cluster of golden barrel cactuses.

Some Barrel cactus can grow as tall as 9 – 10 feet. They are ribbed and covered in dense prickly spine clusters. In spring they develop a flowering crown, colors vary from yellows to reds. The flowering crowns develop into small oval fruits with a pinkish yellow exterior. Their edible interior flesh is a seed … Read more