Rare Vegetable Seeds and Exotic Plants
Gardeners the world over enjoy cultivating challenging plants and there are quite a few rare vegetable seeds and exotic plants that you can grow. There are diverse reasons why seeds become rare, including ecological and climate changes, replacement by disease-resistant newer varieties and the lack of adaptation of knowledge that was handed down through the ages. You must often be a truly patient gardener to identify and source rare seeds you can grow. Heirloom tomatoes, baobab trees, giant pumpkins, giant corn from Peru and brocolli romaneso are some examples of rare vegetable seeds and exotic plants you can grow. Most of these seeds you can start indoors.
Rare vegetable seeds and exotic plants you can grow include:
• Mazari Palm: this is a hardy and extremely exotic plant, indigenous to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The exotic plant is native to a desert climate and grows best at high altitudes. It also grows well in warm-weather climates and the US Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 8 to 11. The plant can reach heights of up to 20 feet tall and is much broader than it is tall. You will need a dry, sandy soil that is drought-tolerant and the right type of fertilization will increase growth rate.
• Rocky Mountain Juniper: is a Japanese tree with numerous cultivars. Anyone who enjoys the aroma of pine needles will like this tree, which ranges from compact to tall in growth and can reach heights of 20 to 40 feet. The plant is resilient and can withstand cold weather; it fares well in the US Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zone 3. The trees are used for lumber, fence posts and other outdoor applications. The juniper berries are used in food preparations and alcohol production. The pdophyllotoxin the plant produces is used as a medicinal antibiotic.
• Asian Pear: this plant offers an unusual tree for the garden and edible fruit. Start propagation with several seeds to arrive at male and female plants for cross-pollination. The tree will survive temperatures as low as 24 degrees Fahrenheit. There are many varieties of the Asian Pear including Shinseiki, shinko, hosui and nijisseiki. The tree is susceptible to fire blight and other diseases and pests.
• Baobab II: the heirloom seeds from this exotic plant are extremely rare and not many American gardeners actually care about planting the Baobab II. The rarity of the seeds means difficulty in tracking them down. Interested gardeners may find some through internet research, but it will require a good deal of effort.
• Chamomile: there was a time in the 18th century when housewives diligently planted chamomile in their home gardens. This is not the case today and though the tea is available in health food shops, the heirloom chamomile seeds have become a rarity. Chamomile has many uses and was used to treat disease, abdominal discomfort and injury. It was always a part of the medicinal herbs in the garden. Through research, it is possible to find a reputable store that stocks heirloom chamomile seeds and buy some for planting in your garden.
Finding reputable sources for rare vegetable seeds and exotic plants is an important part of the task of preserving the environment. Many would-be sellers of heirloom seeds often damage or destroy the meager plantings available. Make sure that you acquire your rare vegetable seeds and exotic plants from a reputable source.
Other interesting rare plants you can grow at home include giant Peruvian corn and broccoli romanesco pictured below. Both can easily be grown in your home garden and are sure to attract attention.
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