Shea butter is the dense and compact oil extracted from the fruit of a plant widespread in nature in central Africa, called Vitellaria paradoxa (there are some synonyms). It is a medium-sized tree, which generally does not exceed 10-12 meters in height, with a short and broad stem and squat branches, at the apex of which develop long, petiolate, oval leaves, arranged in large tufts, evergreens.
On this page we will talk about: see also: Find plants cutting leaf of succulent plants: Many succulent plants root with great ease; the succulent plants, such as the crаssula, the echoia, the calàncole, can easily be propagated also producing leaf cuttings. This operation is practiced preferably in late spring or in summer, even if sex is successful at any time of the year.
On this page we will talk about: see also: Agave - Agave Agave: Agaves are succulent plants originating from South America; now naturalized in the Mediterranean area, they are quite rustic plants, and if they have been home for a few years and are large they can withstand occasional frosts.
On this page we will talk about: other items: beets: Beets are easy to grow leaf plants; most of the varieties withstand the cold, and can be grown as annuals, but with the passage of time the leaves become increasingly more coriaceous, so it is advisable to periodically renew the chard field, or to collect the whole heads by cutting them at the root.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: Head vegetables: Many vegetables produce a compact head, like most salads, celery, fennel, and cabbage. These vegetables are generally sown in small pots, and the tufts are placed directly in the garden, when they already have some leaves, arranged in the classic compact rosette.
Bach flowers Edward Bach (1886-1936) was a doctor, graduated in the United Kingdom, worked for a long time in England; his studies are born from the principles of homeopathy, starting from the assumption that to cure a disease it is necessary to treat man. Bach spent many years of his life searching for a natural healing method that was intended to treat patients from the worries of everyday life; according to Bach diseases are alarm signals of our body, which invites us to reflect on our lifestyle, and to follow the path of human and spiritual growth, to be able to heal even from the diseases themselves: when you can have a good balance on the emotional level, a fulfilling life, free from neuroses and negative mental states, the body itself is able to heal itself without external help.
Cocoa The cocoa plant comes from South and Central America, where the Aztecs already exploited their medicinal properties; It is a small tree, with an erect, evergreen trunk, with large oval, leathery leaves; throughout the year it produces small star-shaped flowers, white, in hanging bunches, which bloom from old wood, then on the trunk and on the branches of the tree.
The garden of the simple Since ancient times in different European cities the universities were equipped with gardens of the simple; these were protected gardens where medicinal plants that were commonly used by doctors were cultivated; these were gardens of modest dimensions, generally structured in a geometrical way, with well-defined flowerbeds, between beaten earthen paths or stone; some gardens were also protected by walls, so that they could also cultivate medicinal plants not suited to the most severe climates.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: see also: Graft splitting: The splitted graft is applied on ornamental or fruit plants to graft a more valuable species onto a less valuable species; they are generally used as rootstocks and scions of similar or comparable size and are practiced in late winter or early spring, when the buds begin to swell.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: Transplanting of winter vegetables: After cleaning the garden's soil from the residues of summer crops, let's enrich it with organic fertilizer, mixing it to the ground using a pitchfork. If we want the vegetable garden to be well-ordered and the vegetables well spaced let us have a long thread, a couple of stakes and a ruler.
Acai The aça is the fruit, or berry, of a large palm tree found in the Amazonian Brazil, the Euterpe oleracea; this large tropical palm tree produces twice a year huge infructescences, containing numerous blue-violet berries, which remind us of olives or big blueberries, or of grapes. The pulp is thin and aromatic, and the fruit contains two very large seeds.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: see also: Find plants Cultivation of evergreen plants: Evergreen plants are shrubs or trees with particular foliage, which remains on the plant even during periods of vegetative rest. The most evergreen shrubs grown in the garden are those used for hedges, which make it possible to obtain a constantly compact and luxuriant green barrier.
Belladonna (atropa belladonna) Belladonna is one of the most dangerous medicinal plants found in the Mediterranean area; contains an alkaloid, atropine, with a rapid and inexorable effect, which functions as an antagonist of some neurotransmitters, decreasing bronchial secretions, stopping the action of the vagus nerve and modifying the heartbeat.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: Cultivating strawberries: Small perennials with a creeping habit, strawberries are suitable for cultivation in a flowerbed located in a semi-shady area, where the sun does not reach them for a large number of hours everyday. Originating in the undergrowth, in order to develop well they need a fresh and moist soil, prolonged drought inhibits flowering, and consequently also fruiting; then water them carefully, often enough to keep the soil cool, but not soaked with water.
Chamomile is an annual plant, native to Europe, now widespread throughout the globe, in some areas as a weed; the botanical name is Matricaria camomilla, but also Matricaria recutica, also called German Chamomile, or the anthemis nobilis, or Roman chamomile is used in herbal medicine.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: see also: Geranium - Pelargonium Cuttings Geraniums: Geraniums are plants with rapid development, from which it is possible to draw cuttings that root easily. Such cuttings should be prepared in autumn and then protected, so as to have plants already well developed in spring, but it is also possible to prepare geranium cuttings in spring, taking them from new plants recently purchased.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: Rucola: La rucola is an aromatic herb, also used to enrich salads, first courses and sauces, which also develops spontaneously in the Italian flora. In fact, the term rocket is commonly referred to as two different herbaceous plants: eruca sativa, cultivated rocket, and diplotaxis integrifolia, or wild rocket.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: Growing radishes: Radishes are very easy to grow vegetables; although they are sold throughout the year, they are generally cultivated only in the garden, from March to April, until September. To be cultivated they need a well-worked garden plot, enriched with manure and sand, in order to make the soil very soft and drained.
On this page we will talk about: see also: Dalia, Giorgina - Dahlia Dalia: The Dalia is a tuberous plant native to Mexico. On the market there are dahlias of every shape and color, and also of various sizes, from 20-25 cm of dwarf dahlias, up to 100-120 cm of the highest and largest dahlias. The flowers are flower heads, and they bloom starting from late spring until late summer.
On this page we will talk about: Canna indica: The reed is a large rhizomatous herbaceous plant, native to South America; it is placed in the garden, or in large pots, since it produces a good root system, and gives a large shrub. It prefers partially shady positions, the ideal place to place the rhizome allowing the plant to be in the sun and the base of the stem and the rhizome in the shade, so as to have a ground that is always fresh and quite humid.
On this page we will talk about: other articles: see also: Passion flower - Passiflora Passiflora: The passion flower is a creeper of South American origin; despite its delicate appearance, it is a vigorous plant that is well resistant to cold, especially as regards the cerulean species, the most widespread in cultivation in Italy.