Here is a tiny sampling of spring at Jade Gardens. If you are looking for a specific plant, please come in or give us a call. We’ve been extremely busy and stock is selling quickly even though it is early in the season. We’re working hard on getting all of our stock out on the floor, but not everything is ready yet. Please keep checking if there is something specific you are looking for, but don’t wait too long, gardening is very popular this year.
We have a new crop of in house:
Callaloo (green and red)
Each are $2.99 for 4″ pot.
Fuzzy Squash is so named because the fruit is fuzzy when it is young, but has a thick white sweet flesh that is tasty. The fully grown crop is not sweet but it does lose the heairs in favour of a waxy coating that enables it to have a long shelf life. The Aisan name for fuzzy squash is Dit Gwa, but many know it as a type of winter melon and it is widely grown throughout Aisa.
Shanghai Bok Choy or Green Bok Choy is essentially a “baby” bok choy with pale green leaves and spoon-shaped stems, a miniaturized version of Bok Choy. It is valued for its tenderness but some might say that it isn’t as sweet as some of the other varieties of Bok Choy.
Jwala Finger Hots or Indian Hot Peppers are a very good hot pepper that dries nicely. It is an extra-hot variety that is very popular in Indian cooking. The plants are prolific and easily grown in the ground or pots. The peppers are about as long as your finger and a beautiful red colour when they are mature.
Winter Melon is known by many names including Dong Gwa and Dong Gua and is used extensively in Chinese cooking. Winter Melon are the largest of the cold season melon and in stores they are often sold by the slice due to their large size. If you grow your own and harvest them, whole winter melon have a long shelf life – they can be kept for months in a cool place.To grow Winter Melon, you need a lot of sun and while they are a food staple in China, they are quickly gaining popularity here in the greater Toronto area also. At Jade Gardens and Greenhouses, we grow the long and round varieties of Winter Melon.
The Oriental Long Eggplant or Aisan Eggplant are native to tropical Asia but are quickly gaining in popularity in North America. Oriental eggplant are said to have thinner skins and not so many seeds, which makes their flavour more delicate and less bitter. So, overall, Oriental Eggplants have a sweet and delicious taste and can be prepared in a multitude of ways, including stuffing, baking and sauteeing, making them a super choice for your home vegetable garden.
For those who don’t know it already, the Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat of a chili pepper. The Scotch Bonnet pepper has an intense heat rating of 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville units. Compare this to most regular jalapeño peppers that have a heat rating of 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units – this is one spicy pepper.The Scotch bonnet has a sweeter flavor than havaneros and is often used in Caribbean recipes. Colours range from orange to bright red and and a very flavourful choice.
Asian Flat Cabbage is round and relatively flat. It has a stronger flavour and is slightly tougher in texture. Chinese flat cabbage suits quick moist cooking methods or the young centre leaves can be used raw in a salad.
We carry a great assortment of vegetables, including the staple of summer: peppers. Green, red, yellow, orange, sweet – we’ve got them all. But, if you’re looking for a little spice, or something a little different to try, we’ve also got a fantastic array of hot and unusual varieties of peppers. Try: Hot Paper Lantern, Peter Pepper Male, Carolina Reaper, Ghost Pepper, Trinidad Scorpion or Trinidad Butch T.
NEW FLOWERS & VEGETABLE PLANTS
- Sesame Plant
- Edamame – edible soybean
- Callallou Red & Green Leaf
- Karela – Indian Bitter Melon
- Mammoth Russian Sunflower
- Sunspot Sunflower
Varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes available at Jade Gardens include:
- Cherokee Purple
- Old German
- Heirloom Rainbow Blend
- Black Krim
- Oxheart Red
We serve a special clientele in the local areas of Milton, Georgetown, Oakville, Mississauga and Burlington, who want to grow some of the more unique and difficult to find asian type vegetables. We grow these more specialty type plants from seed for our customers to grow in their own gardens. The following are just a sample of some of the ethnic type vegetable plants that we grow and sell as box plants.
In addition to our previous post on a wider variety of the Heirloom Tomatoes grown here at Jade Gardens and Greenhouses, this is a sampling of some of the really interesting varieties of tomatoes that have got people talking and wondering. We grow them here and they’ll be ready for planting as soon as the danger of frost is over.Tomato enthusiasts looking for an exotic variety that is both delicious and easy to grow, should consider the Black Cherry Tomato. It is said to be very sweet and juicy with a rich smoky flavour. The plant matures early in the season with huge clusters of tomatoes and is very prolific. This variety of tomato is indeterminate, meaning they grow like a vine, not a bush type. So, you’ll need to take off the sideshoots and keep the vigorous growth in check. Beyond just the aesthetic appeal of Yellow Lemon Boy Tomatoes, the vine is both a vigorous grower and disease resistant. Its fruit is beautiful and bright and is a very sweet variety. You’ll want to pick this variety before it becomes overly mature as the colour and texture will change. This Pink Cherry Tomato is known to be low acid but very sweet. It was developed for Senior Citizens (and those prone to heart burn) but is appreciated by most who try this plant’s bounty. You’ll find medium sized rose-pink fruit on a dwarf bush-type tomato plants. So if you live locally, in Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga or the Georgetown areas, and you hear people talking about these plants, please come on in to Jade Gardens and Greenhouses. We want to talk to you about them too!
While we certainly carry all tried and true annual pepper plants like the Bell Peppers and Sheperds, we also carry some extra special varieties that are a little harder to come by – the uniques.In 2007, this UNIQUE – Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) Hot Pepper variety was certified into the Guinness World Records as the hottest pepper in the world. It is 40 1/2 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. The fruit is thumb sized chili type pepper. The smallest piece can flavour a sauce that makes it barely edible. Eating a small piece raw can cause watering eyes and a runny nose. In India it is use as a spice, cure for stomach problems and a way to fight the summer heat. Please note that it should be handled with extreme care. The UNIQUE – Devil’s Tongue Hot Pepper is a fairly rare variety of pepper and is currently considered the 7th hottest pepper in the world. It is a Habanero type pepper and this plant produces good yields of 2″ long by 1 ¼” wide wrinkled hot peppers. The fruits are extremely hot and turn from green, to yellow, to golden-yellow when mature. They have an intense heat and an interesting citrus-like flavor. Handle with extreme care. This rare and hard by White Habanero variety yields lots of 1-2 inch creamy-white, lantern shaped fruit which grows on small high yielding bushy plants. This variety produces fruit with a smoky taste and extreme heat. It is ornamental and unique.