Flora of Belize
Belize gardening tips.
- You can water your plants until the cows come home and not see an inch of growth, yet as soon as you get a rain shower, they will grow like the clappers.
- Most things you plant, will do nothing for the first year or two. Unfortunately, this is particularly true of vines, with them being more often that not, the two year term before significant growth. So no quick fence covering fix there, but when they do take off, you’ll spend the rest of your life cutting them back to stop them climbing all over everything, including you, if you stand still for too long! You think I’m kidding? I’ve actually had one reach out and tap me on the shoulder.
- You planted a cutting and it never made it, so you dug it up. Wrong! As dead as it may look, the following year, miraculously, little green buds start to appear. Be patient. Its near on impossible to kill a plant in this climate!
- The bigger the hole you dig for a tree, the faster it will take off. Its not as much down to the quality of your soil, as to how much ground you have broken up around it.
- There is no fertilizer on the market that even comes close to the hidden magical powers of grey water from your sink and especially the washing machine. Want something to grow like Jack’s beanstalk? Plant it in the path of the washing machine outlet!
- Looking for a fast growing shade tree? I asked at nurseries for 4 years and got sold trees that have done nothing to shade my tin roofed house, but then a friend suggested a Flamboyant tree. I planted two. They have both grown 30 feet tall in their first year! If only I’d planted them 4 years ago, my house would be completely shaded now!