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Sustainable Farming on our Organic Garden

When we started in 2002, Finca Exotica was made of only a small chicken coop, a shade house nursery and open areas previously occupied by cattle. The garden was naked, barren land. Once used to graze cattle to feed workers of the booming gold mining industry, most of the soils nutrients were leached, leaving it unable to grow anything at all. The tireless efforts of our gardeners have proven that with a little love, care and compost this soil, the grounds here can produce an abundance of fruits, root vegetables, herbs, spices and more. Our organic garden provides not only for ourselves, but a diverse array of wildlife that call our trees, bushes and grounds home!

The property, over 90 hectares in size, is home to both primary and secondary forest. We are now home to over 1200 trees, 130 varieties of tropical fruits, a wide variety of bamboo (for construction), herbs, medicinal plants, greens for salads, and more. We are now able to offer organically grown fruits and vegetables, and cure the occasional sunburn with our own Aloe Vera. This has always been one of the main objectives at Finca Exotica: to continuously move towards self-sufficiency.

Continuously Evolving Permaculture

The Finca Exotica organic garden, cultivated for over 14 years, is a natural extension of the untouched forest all around. You may not even realize you are there until your guide tells you! A sanctuary for botanists and nature lovers, these gardens are a continuous work in progress that now incorporate biodynamic techniques and constant input from a wide-variety of organic philosophies. We make our own compost from kitchen left-overs, leaves and cow manure from the neighbors. This is an important addition to our biodynamic preparations, microorganisms, natural insecticides (like hot chili peppers mixed with garlic, lemongrass, vinegar and alcohol) and fungicides (like calcium carbonate).

Come wander with our guide on one of our garden tours through the landscaped paths blooming with exotic ornamental and fruit trees, spices, herbs and medicinal plants. You will go away with a new appreciation for our green friends and perhaps a cure for what ails you!

Binomial name  Spanish name English name
Cocos nucifera Coco Coconut
Bactris gasipaes Pejibaye Pejibaye
Ananas comosus Piña Pineapple
Musa acuminata Banano Banana
Annona cherimola Anona Cherimoya
Annona muricata Guanábana Soursop
Chrysobalanus icaco Icaco Icaco
Averrhoa carambola Carambola Starfruit
Averrhoa bilimbi Mimbro Mimbro
Citrus spp Cítricos Citric Fruits
Mangifera indica Mango Mango
Anacardium occidentale Marañón Cashew
Nephelium lappaceum Mamón chino Rambután
Garcinia mangostana Mangostán Mangosteen
Carica papaya Papaya Papaya
Psidium guajava Guayaba Guava
Eugenia stipitata Arazá Arazá
Psidium friedrichsthalianum Cas Cas
Psidium cattleianum Guayaba rosa Guayaba rosa
Eugenia uniflora Pitanga Pitanga
Syzygium malaccensis Manzana de agua Malay Apple
Pouteria sapota Zapote Sapote
Manilkara zapota Níspero zapote Sapodilla Medlar
Synsepalum dulcificum Fruta Milagrosa Miraculous Fruit
Punica granatum Granada Pomegranate
Hylocereus costarricensis Pitaya Pitaya
Quararibea cordata Zapote amarillo Chupa-Chupa
Artocarpus altilis Fruta de pan Breadfruit
Theobroma cacao Cacao Cacao
Diospyros blancoi Mabolo Mabolo
Morinda citrifolia Noni Noni
Artocarpus heterophyllus Jaquero Jackfruit
Citrus japonica Kumquat Kumquat
Durio zibethinus Durian Durian
Artocarpus integer Chempedak Chempedak
Sauropus androgynus Katuk Katuk
Moringa oleifera Moringa Moringa
Citrus hystrix Kaffir lime Kaffir lime
Cnidoscolus acontifolius Espinaca de arbol Chicasquil Chicasquil tree spinach
Cnidoscolus aconitifolius Chaya Chaya
Alpinia galanga Galangal Galangal
Manihot esculenta Yuca Yuca
Murraya koenigii Arbol de Curry Curry tree
Cananga odorata Arbol Ilang Ilang Ylang-ylang tree
Plumeria Frangipani Frangipani
Aloe vera Sábila Aloe vera
Chaptalia nutans Arnica falsa Arnica
Ocimum basilicum Albahaca Basil
Quassia amara Hombre grande Bitterwood
Sida rhombifolia L Escobilla Broom weed
Justicia pectoralis Tilo Carpenter´s brush
Capsicum chinense Chile Chile
Cecropia Guarumo Cecropia Tree
Cinnamomum verum Canela Cinnamon
Caesalpinia pulcherrima Hoja sen Dwarf poinciana
Zingiber officinale Jengibre Ginger
Cassia fistula Caña fístula Golden shower tree
Formerly Hydrocotyle asiatica Centella asiatica Gotu Kola
Hymenaea courbaril Guapinol Guapinol
Hibiscus Amapola Hibiscus
Piper auritum Hoja de estrella Hoja de estrella
Terminalia catappa Almendro Indian almond
Neuroloena lobata Gavilana Jackass bitters
Lippia alba Juanilama Juanilama
Cymbopogon citratus Zacate de limón Lemongrass
Cymbopogon nardus Citronela Citronela
Chrysopogon zizanioides Pasto Vetiver Vetiver grass
Kalanchoe pinnata Hoja del aire Life everlasting
Mimosa pudica Dormilona Mimosa
Triumfetta semitriloba Mozote de caballo Mozote de caballo
Morinda citrifolia Noni Noni
Lippia graveolens and Origanum vulgare Oregano Oregano
Cassia grandis Carao Pink shower tree
Opuntia tuna and Nopalea cochenillifera Tuna Prickly pear cactus
Gliricidia sepium Madero Negro Rat killer tree
Catharanthus roseus Mariposilla Rose periwinkle
Rosmarinus officinalis Romero Rosemary
Sansevieria trifasciata Lengua de suegra Sansevieria
Senna Reticulata Saragundí Saragundí
Costus spicatus and C. ruber Caña agria Spiral flag
Ficus glabrata and F. jimenezii Higuerón Strangler fig
Tradescantia zebrina Tradescantia zebrina Hoja del milagro
Curcuma longa Cúrcuma Turmeric
Yucca guatemalensis Itabo Yucca
Saccharum officinarum Caña dulce Sugarcane


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