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    If you can stand the heat

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 01/05/2016

    » It's especially hot, of course, in Thailand during the summer months. But judging from the way Cassia fistula is blooming heavily this year, this summer has been even hotter than previous years.

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    Don’t leave it in distress

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 06/11/2016

    » Deeporne Beardsley wrote from Tucson, Arizona, to say that she and her husband are volunteers in a local university hydroponics greenhouse. “Today, the abbot of Wat Buddhametta, Ajarn Saraut, showed me two potted bodhi trees and asked why the leaves of one were turning yellow,” she wrote.

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    The plants are bugged

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 03/04/2016

    » 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.

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    All the small things

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 20/03/2016

    » Records show that the Japanese have practised the art of bonsai, or cultivating miniature trees in pots and trays, since the 9th century. However, for hundreds of years it remained the preserve of monks and the nobility. It was only at the beginning of the 19th century that it gained popularity at every level of the Japanese society.

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    Hedge your bets

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 27/03/2016

    » Brian Corrigan wants to get away from concrete walls around his Bangkok property and have a more environmentally friendly screen from his neighbours. “I need the plant to grow to around 1.5 metres tall. Can you recommend something, please?” he wrote.

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    A date with destiny

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 06/03/2016

    » If I remember it right, Thais started to plant Phoenix dactylifera, or date palm, in the 1980s. I have never heard of the trees successfully bearing fruit, so I put it down to the climate.

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    Trumpeting the invasion

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 13/03/2016

    » The herald’s trumpet or Easter lily vine (Beaumontia grandiflora aka Beaumontia murtonii, known as hiranyika in Thai) along the fence of the neighbour across the street from my house is in bloom again. The large and attractive white flowers have a lovely scent, especially in the early morning, and I often cross the street to give the flowers a sniff.

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    Getting it all ship-shape

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 28/02/2016

    » Sean G wrote to ask for help with contact information for a phytosanitary certification. “I hear that it is done at Kasetsart University but I can’t find anything online and this is the only article I can find that is relevant,” he said, referring to the May 17, 2015, Green Fingers page titled “Have plants, will travel”.

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    Sweet wave

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 14/02/2016

    » As a regular visitor, I already knew what to expect at this year’s annual agricultural fair at Kasetsart University. There would be fruit tree saplings, ornamental plants and agricultural machinery for sale. There would be seasonal fruit and agricultural crops. Nearly half of the produce on sale, however, would be fried food, and things only remotely related to agriculture, such as furniture, footwear, accessories, clothing and cosmetics.

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    Palms are a fan favourite

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 31/01/2016

    » Poonsak Watcharakorn, 63, has the biggest collection of Licuala palms in Thailand. But he is far from satisfied. “I want to have the biggest collection not just in Thailand, but in the world,” he said.

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