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Kevin G. Belmonte
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Saving Philippine orchids
by Kevin G. Belmonte - February 20, 2010 - 12:00am
Once a species is gone, it is gone forever; once extinct, it is permanently lost. Many of our wild plants and animals are in danger of extinction as a result of the loss of their habitats, climate change and the...
Growing Monadeniums
by Kevin G. Belmonte - February 13, 2010 - 12:00am
The genus Monadenium belongs  to the family Euphorbiaceae and comprises of 50 or so species, a majority of which occur in tropical Africa.
Small, succulent Euphorbias
by Kevin G. Belmonte - January 30, 2010 - 12:00am
The genus Euphorbia is just one of 300 genera belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. Euphorbias generally have small insignificant flowers and most exude a milky sap, which in most plants are highly poisonous.
Natural farming 101
by Kevin G. Belmonte - December 26, 2009 - 12:00am
Have you heard of pigs that don’t smell yet they don’t take a bath? Would you like to know how to make chicken feed and pig chow that cost less than commercial pellets? Or even take care of healthy,...
A visual feast of cacti and succulents
by Kevin G. Belmonte - November 28, 2009 - 12:00am
Cactus and succulent enthusiasts and plant lovers were in for a visual feast as members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines (CSSP) organized a grand show of their rarest and favorite plants.
Gardening for a better environment
by Kevin G. Belmonte - November 14, 2009 - 12:00am
The recent on-slaught of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng caused devastation of properties, the environment, and even death for some of our kababayans.
Small, succulent Euphorbias
by Kevin G. Belmonte - October 31, 2009 - 12:00am
The genus Euphorbia is just one of 300 genera belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae.
At Home with Kay Jimenez: Bahay kubo goes bamboo
by Kevin G. Belmonte - September 19, 2009 - 12:00am
It’s not your usual bahay kubo. It’s not your normal building material either — or architect. When my Tita Kay Jimenez, director and founder of Carolina Bamboo Garden, built her house in Antipolo,...
A selection of ornamental aloes
by Kevin G. Belmonte - September 5, 2009 - 12:00am
Aloes are a widely-cultivated genus of succulent plants containing about 400 or so species.
Natural gardening & God's pharmacy of plants
by Kevin G. Belmonte - August 22, 2009 - 12:00am
A 45-minute drive from their lovely home in Pasig is a five-hectare piece of land that banker Flor Gozon Tarriela, who is also a passionate gardener, and her lawyer husband, Ed, have been meticulously and painstakingly...
Max Soliven: For king and country
by Kevin G. Belmonte - July 28, 2009 - 12:00am
What is a “collector”? I’m not referring here to one who collects taxes, duties or overdue bills.
A beginner's guide to growing plants
by Kevin G. Belmonte - July 25, 2009 - 12:00am
Succulent plants need regular watering during their growing period to grow well.
Plants for the beginner
by Kevin G. Belmonte - July 11, 2009 - 12:00am
A  beginning cacti and succulent collector usually has a wide variety of interesting and unusual plants to choose from and at times this can become quite confusing.
Thick Foot
by Kevin G. Belmonte - June 27, 2009 - 12:00am
My interest in collecting succulents has for the longest time been focused on the rarer Mexican and South American cactus genera, the Haworthias and Gasterias endemic to South Africa...
The woolly Astrophytums
by Kevin G. Belmonte - June 6, 2009 - 12:00am
Astrophytums are one of the most popular genus of cacti among collectors globally.
Somalia's untold beauty
by Kevin G. Belmonte - May 23, 2009 - 12:00am
In the first part of this piece on Somalia’s untold beauty, I presented some of the fascinating succulent flora of this country whose image has been largely tarnished by the rampant piracy occurring in its...
Somalia's untold beauty
by Kevin G. Belmonte - May 9, 2009 - 12:00am
Somalia has been in the world’s spotlight for quite some time now but, unfortunately, the stories of Somali pirates and their escapades along the very busy maritime routes along the Gulf of Aden have severely...
Ying Villanueva, a special friend
by Kevin G. Belmonte - April 18, 2009 - 12:00am
Weng Domingo is a really close friend of ours. Weng knows all about my passion for cacti and succulents, having stayed with us at Tagaytay Highlands and seeing my collection there.
Tropic thunder
by Kevin G. Belmonte - March 28, 2009 - 12:00am
There are two questions I am often asked by beginning growers. One is: what is the difference between a succulent and a cactus?
Tropic Thunder
by Kevin G. Belmonte - March 14, 2009 - 12:00am
One of my favorite movies is Adaptation, a wild ride written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It is loosely — and I mean very loosely — based on the book The Orchid Thief by The New Yorker...
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