Growing Exotic Plants from Seeds

Plants I have grown

ThaiDragon - Plants I've grown

Over the last few years I have started to grow various types of plants in my front yard. Below i have compiled the steps growing various exotic trees and bushes, the problems I have encountered and some tips for success in germinating the seeds.
Below you can find some the plants I have successfully grown. More plants will be added on a regular scale

Cocoa - Theobroma Cacao

Theobroma Cacao

Cacao (Theobroma cacao), also called cocoa is a tropical evergreen tree (family Malvaceae) grown for its edible seeds. Native to lowland rainforests of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins, cacao is grown commercially in the New World tropics as well as western Africa and tropical Asia. Its seeds, called cocoa beans, are processed into cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and chocolate.

Sapodilla - Lamut


The Sapodilla tree originates from Mexico and the Yucatan peninsula but it was also introduced in the Philippines during the Spanish colonization. From there it spread over Southeast Asia. Fruits look like potatoes, reaching 4-8 centimeters in diameter and are incredibly tasty when ripe. Many have compared the sweet flavor of the Sapodilla with cotton candy or caramel. The seeds resemble black overgrown beans with a hook at one end that can get caught in the throat if swallowed. Like the Avocado the Sapodilla fruit only ripens after being picked.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair tree, is a slow growing tree renowned worldwide for its medicinal properties. This remarkable tree is known as a 'living fossil', as it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees that date back to beyond the time of the dinosaurs. The maidenhair tree remains virtually unchanged today and represents the only living bridge between 'higher' and 'lower' plants (between ferns and conifers). Trees reach up to 40 metres in height and older individuals tend to have a more spreading appearance with irregular branches.

Carambola - Starfruit

Ripe Starfruit - Carambola Starfruit Slices

Starfruit (scientific name Averrhoa carambola) named Ma-fuang in Thailand is a fast growing tropical and subtropical tree native to India and South East Asia. The tree is grown for its fruits which have a star shape. The Carambola is a medium sized evergreen tree that reaches heights 6 to 9m. The Starfruit tree grows fast, the first fruits can be harvested after about one year. It is easy to grow in containers or pots, it needs well draining soil and high humidity. The tree thrives at hot temperatures it stops growing at around 18 degree celsius; it can be grown outside as long as the temperature never gets below 8 degree celsius.