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» There’s a sad footnote to the story about Petchsuporn Rapley’s date palms in Doi Saket, Chiang Mai (Green Fingers, March 6). For those who did not read the article, Ms Petchsuporn planted some 100 date palms as an experiment a little over three years ago. A year later two trees started to flower, followed by a few more last year. Braving sharp-as-nails giant thorns, she and her workers cross-pollinated the trees manually and these successfully bore fruit for the first time last year.
» I have eaten mangoes all my life. I have seen mango trees since I was a child, for it was one of the most common fruit trees in the Philippines, where I grew up. When I was in high school and an examination was coming up, I’d climb a tree that my grandfather had planted in our compound and review my lessons while sitting in its branches. But it’s only now that I realise how little I knew about mango trees, and why the tree in our family compound seldom bore fruit.
» In Green Fingers last Sunday, we learned about how hybridisers developed new hibiscus cultivars. The procedure is easy to follow for gardeners who would like to meet the challenge of producing their own hybrids, but for those of us who do not have the time or perseverance to do so, new varieties are sold cheaply at Chatuchak's plant market and nurseries in and around Bangkok.
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