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Month: April 2019

Mexican Fan Palm Trees – Washingtonia Robusta

The Mexican Fan Palm Tree, scientifically named as Washingtonia Robusta belong to Arecaceae Family. The temperature recommended for the growth of this tree is 20 degree F. This palm requires full sun for its growth and is widely available in North Mexico. It also requires regular supply of water and the propagation of is done through seeds. In contrast to California Fan palm, the Mexican tree is taller and thinner. This palm is very cheap and can be used for landscaping. The maintenance of this tree requires a lot of care. This is because the dead leaves need to be trimmed regularly. These trees also bears fruit that is round and small, having small and round red shiny seeds. The size of the fruit is less than an inch. This tree can grow up to the height of 100 feet and can grow well in the cold weather. The special care is suggested for the Mexican Fan which starts when you initially sow the seeds and continues till it get fully matures. You must sow the seed in well drained soil. For the plantation of this plant the soil used must be alkaline in nature. The soil can be checked properly by the pH testing kit. This tree is very slow in its growth and proper water supply is needed for its growth. The fertilization is also needed for...

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All About Senegal Parrots

If you are looking for a pet parrot that is best for the whole family, then you must consider a Senegal parrot. Most pet lovers and parrot pet traders agree that Senegal parrots have been popular family pet birds because of their own and engaging personality. But, before you finally purchase a Senegal parrot and make it a family pet bird, you must be knowledgeable about its activities and characteristics for you to have an idea how it should be taken care of. According to parrot experts, the Senegal parrot one of the best-known members of the entire Poicephalus family for having compact and cuddly physical hits and a very playful attitude. Frequently seen in pet shops around the United States and Europe, Senegal parrots originated from the north central part of Africa. Unlike other parrot species, parrots posses an inherently different nature which are extremely playful, gentle and sweet in temperament that is perfect for its charming personality, clarity, clear speech, and manageable behavior. They are also quieter but are good talkers if taught and trained properly. Since they possess much tamer nature, they are known to be less demanding especially if they are given daily attention and interaction. SENEGAL PARROT 101 Senegal parrots are the most commonly kept Poicephalus birds there are. Identified for being a green bird with a gray head, Senegal parrots are famous for...

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Competing Theories of the Roots of Agave Distillation in Mexico

We know that fermenting was practiced in Mexico dating to several thousand years ago with the extraction of aguamiel (honey water) from certain species of the majestic agave succulent, which where left to ferment becomes pulque. And that agave itselfself otherwise has a history of being used as a source of nutrition going back roughly 10,000 years. But there's a big difference between (1) allowing fruit, agave nectar or anything else to ferment, inhibiting its decomposition and enabling its imbibers to become inebiated, and (2) elaborate advance planning and the use certain tools, resulting in distillation (ie the production of mezcal). Perhaps the story of distillation and the history of mezcal in Mexico begins with the arrival of the Spanish during The Conquest in the first quarter of the 1500s. Or with Filipino seamen in the Manila galleon trade who reached the country's western shores that same century. Or with indigenous cultures some 2,500 years ago. Mezcal of course is Mexico's iconic agave distillate, often thought of as a generic term, one subset of which is tequila, its more popular cousin. We also know with a reasonable degree of certainty many specifics about the global history of distillation and styles of still manufacture, all of which aids us in our conjecture. But it must be kept in mind that most is scientific speculation often based on inference, regardless of...

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How to Grow a Coconut Palm Tree – Cocos Nucifera

The Coconut palm tree, scientific name Cocos Nucifera, most beautiful and recognizable palm in the world. One of the reasons it is so popular is because of its fruits called "coconuts". Other parts of the tree can also be used for many purposes. "The tree of thousand uses" has been providing people with food and building material for over 4000 years. This graceful palm belongs to Arecaceae family and the genus Cocos. Cocos Nucifera grows everywhere through the tropical and the subtropical regions. Survival of many people from different countries depends on this tree. Although the origin of this plant is uncertain, it is believed to be native to Pacific and Indian Ocean islands. This palm has been found around Asian continent, Africa, Central and South America. Depending on the variety, Cocos Nucifera can grow up to 50-80ft tall. It has a smooth brown-gray trunk, slightly swollen at the base and topped with a crown of pinnate, or feather-shaped, fronds. The trunk is self-cleaning, meaning it drops old leaves, making it every easy to maintain. Leaves are about 15-17 ft long with 2ft long leaflets. Leaves are spineless and yellow-green in color. It produces small yellow blooms that have a nice sweet scent. Male and female flowers are born on the same plant. Flowers grow on a 3-6 ft long branched inflorescence. The Pollination happens by wind. It starts...

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At What Cost? The Killing of Orangutans For Palm Oil

I am a proponent of natural ingredients. In most cases, I believe using natural oils, butters, a plant-based ingredients in our beauty products is best. There are exceptions to this rule when it comes to animal cruelty and deforestation. Palm oil shares to both. If you're using natural products and regularly buy cold processed soaps, chances are palm oil is on the ingredients label. It is also found in "eco-friendly" candles and tarts. Palm wax is growing in popularity over the past couple years because it delivers a unique shiny appearance to candles. While it may be naturally derived, it is a leader in terms of cruelty to animals and harming the environment. Palm oil is everywhere. It is used in most soaps, as it is gentle to the skin and makes for a hard bar. It is used in lipsticks and in lip balms, as it is softening and nourishing due to the high saturated fat content. I have looked at the boxes of so many lipsticks, including major brands from $ 3 to $ 30 + many contain palm oil. Palm is in hand soaps, in almost every single melt and pour base (some do not say palm oil; many simply state "vegetable oils.") The one all-natural palm oil free melt and pour base sold in the US that I can find on the net contains peanut...

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