Dennis Hearne

Dennis Hearne is a horticulturalist and nurseryman and owns Phoenix Plants in Darwin, NT, Australia. He is the author of the books 'Trees for Darwin and Northern Australia' and 'The Australian Tropical Gardening Guide' and has appeared on many radio and television programmes to give advice on tropical gardening.

The Decorative and Delicious Fiji Longan (Pometia Pinnata)

I have been growing tropical fruit trees since the early 1960s and thought I pretty well knew them all, so it came as a shock when a friend offered...

Pittosporum Moluccanum – An Underrated Species for the Home Garden

Pittosporum moluccanum is an attractive small tree native to Indonesia and northern Australia, that Darwin nurseryman, Dennis Hearne, recommends should be considered more for home garden use because of...

Rosella: A Wonderful ‘Bush Tucker’ Plant

This article was written for Australian readers but will be of interest to gardeners in other parts of the tropical world where roselle plants are grown (‘rosella’ is an...

All You Need to Know About Plant Foods

Most tropical soils are naturally infertile, so if you want to grow strong, healthy plants, you must add suitable plant foods. ln tropical climates chemical fertilisers don't last long...

How to Fix Problem Soils in the Tropics

You can't grow a good garden unless you understand your soil. In the tropics, you don't necessarily have to have good soil, but you must know what is wrong...

Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions of tonnes of what we consider...