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Dracaena Draco, Featured »

[30 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Dracaena Draco Dragon Tree at Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Amazing specimen Dracaena Draco Dragon Tree at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Aloe »

[15 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Aloe Plicatilis and Ferox Flowering

Early spring sees both aloe ferox and picatilis flower each year. The look magnificent when flowering and structural masterpieces all year round.

As promised here is a photo of one of the local Wattle Birds feating on the Aloe Ferox flower.

I’ve had both plants for around 18-20 years, since they were small pot size. They’ve been in their current spots for fours years now, you can┬átransplant them very late in life. I don’t fertilizer either aloe, but they get a lot of Wattle Bird pooh as a spring fertilizer!
Here’s a picture …

Dracaena Draco »

[12 Sep 2009 | 76 Comments | ]
Dracaena Draco Dragon Tree

Dracena Draco, commonly called the Dragon Tree is a slow growing beautiful specimum plant. They flower after seven to fifteen years and branch after that. Mine flowered after fifteen years, due to partially falling over and growing horizontally for a few years.

Here’s my Dracaena flowering, five years ago. Draco’s grow into large multi branched tree shape after 25-30 years.
Legend has it that virgin were sacrificed under them or women bled on them or something like that, you better double check as I can’t remember the details.
The roots and ringed truck …

Cactus »

[7 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Cerus Columnar Cactus in Flower

I’m not sure of the variety of this columnar cactus. I believe it a Cereus chalybaeus, but if you know for sure please leave a comment. It flowers incredibly profusely all summer and the best part is that the flowers stay out until after lunch time, whereas other similar cacti flowers normally close up early in the morning.

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Aloe, Succuluent »

[4 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Aloe Ferox in Flower

My Aloe Ferox is now in flower, but the flowers are yet to open. When they do the local Wattle birds will come and feast. The flower give months of joy, as it slowly emerges and then blazes like a candelabra.

Photo by Tim