Growing Bay leaf plants in Thailand

In Thailand you can buy dried Bay leaves (Laurus nobilis). But can you also grow Bay leaf plants in your Thai garden? Hans Fritschi has grown Bay leaf plants in Thailand for almost fifteen years, but it is not so easy. Bay leaf plants in Thailand do not flower and therefore produce no seeds. So propagation works sometimes with air layering and cuttings.

Strawberry guava thrive right now

Small and tasty red fruits grow on Strawberry guava trees called Psidium cattleyanum with their scientific name. We can eat them raw or prepare excellent jams from them. Those plants even thrive on poor soil or in pots.

Do not swallow seeds of the suicide tree!

Cerbera odollam or Pong Pong tree is a highly decorative addition in your garden. First it produces pretty white flowers and later funny green balls. But those green fruits contain two highly poisonous seeds – one alone is considered enough to kill a human being. For that reason Cerbera odollam is also known as suicide tree. Do not swallow seeds of the suicide tree!

Plants for Thai balconies and terraces

Flowering plants that deliver edible fruits on balconies and terraces in Thailand are the topic of this episode from Discovery Garden Pattaya. Did you ever taste the Malabar chestnut, Strawberry guava, Peanut butter fruits, Chinese olives or European yellow lemons? All of them can be grown on your balcony or terrace in Thailand. Hans Fritschi also shows you many other plants that are suitable to be grown in pots.

Growing Nutmeg from seeds

Nutmeg is an excellent spice. But did you know that the Myristica fragrans not only produces the Nutmeg nut but also Mace? If you want to grow Nutmeg plants from seeds, you will need very fresh seeds. And those fresh seeds are covered with a red skin or protecting net which is called the Mace. Dried and ground that Mace is an equally powerful spice as the Nutmeg seed itself. Grow your own Nutmeg trees from fresh seeds or buy some seedlings from us within Thailand or Laos.

Nutmeg from your Thai garden

Nutmeg or Myristica fragrans is an evergreen tropical plant that grows very well in your Thai or Lao garden. It actually produces two very distinct spices: Nutmeg and Mace. Meet the two spices from the Nutmeg tree that were once worth their weight in gold.