Plant Propagation is Plant Preservation.

We want to wish everyone a belated Happy Summer Solstice. As we begin to march into the summer months, we have becoming across a common theme when we have been talking to people about plants and historical landscapes this year. The “preservation” theme. The preservation movement can be traced back to certain points of history…

Yaupon to Yunnan, two different teas and their common bonds.

A few weeks ago, the news came out that researchers at the University Kunming, Yunnan, China had unlocked the tea genome. This has drawn praise and also fear at the same time. The fear is in the thought of “transgenic” tea or as I know it as GE (Genetically Enhanced) tea. It did not take…

Winter Maintenance while recovering a Hybrid Tea Rose garden.

We hope everyone has had a great start to the new year. Today we are going to go over some winter maintenance of one of the most beloved plants, hybrid tea roses. Most people don’t know that the rose is actually the national flower of the United States. Patience and discipline will always pay off…

Winter Vegetative Cutting Propagation of Camellias.

Let me first wish everyone a Happy Winter Solstice and a Festive Holiday. With the longest night passing this past week and the various holidays beginning to be celebrated, we wanted to do something special for everyone. We know a lot of you will be visiting friends and family over the next week or two….

Restoring the Ilex cassine (Walter) name to the plant that was “Cassine, Asi Lupubski, Cassena, Yaupon” and held sacred to the Indigenous tribes of the Southeastern United States. Part 1.

As we continue our blog series about Yaupon(Cassine) to part 4, we are finally going to begin a discussion it comes to why we call it Ilex vomitoria ([Solander] Aiton) versus Ilex cassine (Walter) from a scientific binomial nomenclature point of view. We at Hortfire are of the belief that the correct name should be…

Seeding the future, while cracking the seed code(coat).

In part 3 of 6 of our Yaupon(Cassine) blog series, we are going to fast forward to what was suppose to be our last blog of the series. In part 4 we will return back to our look at the naming of Yaupon(Cassine) through time and continue to build our case to change the scientific…

The Conflicting Tea Edges of an Empire

For part 2 of 6 of our blog series about Yaupon(Cassine) tea, we are going to take a chronological look at how Yaupon(Cassine) tea and Camellia tea came into European civilization. While our Tea division does dabble in the cultivation and manufacturing of both Camellia and Yaupon(Cassine) tea, we never expect to research both and…

Code Talkers and their ancestral tea

Yaupon/Cassine tea have you ever heard of it? Better yet, have you ever tried it? Most people would say, No, which is unfortunate because it is a wonderful beverage. While we start a series of postings about Yaupon/Cassine tea, we had a hard time at looking at a lot research and seeing confusion about it….