Bird of Paradise, Staghorn Fern, Spring Pruning
Original Air Date: April 2007
It's spring in San Diego , and it couldn't come too soon after the winter we've had. Record low temperatures and miniscule rainfall totals have led to a few casualties in the garden. However, Tom's veggie garden from the February episode is looking beautiful, so we start there to harvest some of the bounty. You'll get a few tips on how to know if your frozen specimens are showing signs of life.
Bird of Paradise
Speaking of tropical, we go (not literally) to subtropical South Africa , home of the bird of paradise. The plant is ideally suited for San Diego , and Tom has a couple of varieties you may not have seen. He'll also show you how to divide them to reduce the size of your clump, and make more for elsewhere in the garden.
Additionally, staghorn ferns are a type of plant that seems to like our climate, and it's picky. So San Diegans love their staggies, and Tom shows us how they grow, how to divide them, and how to mount them for display in the garden.
Finally, Tom gives another pruning lesson as he tackles his giant lingaro berry.
Click here for the plants Tom mentioned in this episode.