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1" STARTER PLANT *Terracotta pot in photo sold separately. Aloe vera is grown for its succulent leaves which have a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. The leaves contain a clear gel that's a popular home remedy. According to the Mayo Clinic, this substance may shorten the healing of first- and second-degree burns and promote wound healing. Perennial in zones 9+, aloe is typically grown as a houseplant since it won't overwinter in cooler climates. Very little water is required. These drought-resistant plants grow best in hot, dry areas and excessive water could cause them to rot. Water regularly but allow soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
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1" STARTER PLANT *Terracotta pot in photo sold separately. This is one hot little chile! The chiltepin is part of the Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum family, and is native to Arizona, Texas, Florida, New Mexico and Central and South America. In fact, chiltepin is the only wild chili native to the United States and is protected in several national parks. In addition, in 1997, Texas designated this little chili pepper the Official State Native Pepper of Texas! The name “chiltepin” is believed to be of Aztec origin and many experts believe that the chiltepin is the original wild chili from which all other chilies have evolved. Chiltepin chiles have a distinctive smoky bite with an upfront heat that dissipates quickly. These chiles tip the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) scale at between 100,000 and 250,000. The chiltepin has small round fruit that are slightly larger than peppercorns and are about 0.8 centimeters or 0.31 inches in diameter. The fruits themselves are often bright red or green in color, and grown on a bush that can grow up to four feet tall.
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1" STARTER PLANT *Terracotta pot in photo sold separately. Everyone knows the scent and taste of vanilla. But did you know that all vanilla comes from the fruit of an orchid? Of the tens of thousands of orchids known to the world, Vanilla planifolia is the only orchid to produce an edible fruit and what an amazing fruit that has turned out to be… For 300 years, no one was able to get the orchids to bear fruit. Then, in 1836, it was discovered that a miniscule bee (the Melipone) was the sole pollinator of the vanilla orchid. Outside of their native habitat of Mexico, vanilla plant flowers must be hand-pollinated in order to produce the fruit. This means all the vanilla coming from other countries is hand pollinated. You can understand why vanilla is the most expensive spice after saffron!
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