BAUHINIA monandra “Pink Orchid tree”
From Senegal – another desirable variety – fragrant yellow flowers are in racemes, small 1″ leaves are bifid to the base with drooping branches. Small tropical tree to 6′. May be easily grown indoors with warmth and bright light. Plant at 1″ depth using well draining soil mix. Keep moist and fertilize lightly with each watering. Keep warm and in bright light. 10 seeds per packet.
This Guatemalan “Pony Tail” is increasingly popular because of its ease in producing multiple stems from its swollen base as it is developing. The stems are stiff and upright and are topped with tufts of long thin leaves which gracefully enhance the overall look of the plant. May be grown in full sun or in filtered light. Using well draining soil mixture, plant the seeds at 3/8″ depth. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Grow in bright light or in filtered light. 12 seeds per packet.
BEAUCARNIA recurvata “Pony tail palm”
From its slow growing swollen base its trunk grows upright and is topped by the emergence of a mass of long thin grass-like leaves. The packet size contains 12 seeds. Drought resilient, easily grown.
This Pony Tail has a bottle shaped trunk, short stiff branching and tufts of 2′ leaves at branch ends. Flowering is conspicuous with large bright red spikes at the branch tips. Very slow growing to 20′ Using well draining soil mixture plant the seeds at 3/8″ depth. Keep warm, damp and in bright light. 12 seeds per packet.
BEAUMONTIA grandiflora “Herald’s trumpet”
A long leaved woody tropical vine to 20′ grown for its huge fragrant white trumpet flowers. Plant at a depth of 3.4″ using well draining soil mixture. Keep warm, in bright light and damp. Fertilize weekly. 10 seeds per packet.
BELAMCANDA chinensis “Blackberry lily”
An old, easily grown favorite for temperate zones. This iris produces deep orange 2″ star-like flowers with red specks on stems to 5′. It is a perennial herb with creeping root stalk. 13 seeds per packet.
BISCHOFIA javanica “Toog tree”
Malaysian tree to 75′ valued for its timber and is a popular street tree. The oval leaves are long petiole. It produces numerous small greenish flowers in racemes followed by many yellow-brown fruits. Plant at 3/4″ depth in soil mixture, keep warm and in bright light. 12 seeds per packet.
BIXA orellana “Anatto Dye plant”
Dye from the red seeds is used as coloring for margarine, lipstick and numerous other food products. Ornamental tropical tree that grows to 20′ with red flowers, and heart shape leaves. 13 seeds per packet.
BOMBAX malabaricum “Silk cotton tree”
A giant tree that grows to 125′ with heavily buttressed trunk. Young trees may have spines on trunk. The woody fruits contain silky floss used in pillows, etc. The large, lobed leaves drop in the winter and at that time masses of large orange/red flowers appear and the tree is then completely void of leaves. Plant @ 1/2″ depth in well draining soil mixture. Keep warm, damp and in bright light. 10 seeds per packet.