February 15th, 2013
G.K. Visits the Tropical Greenhouse
Posted by Ghenghis Khan
I, Ghenghis Khan, was asked to make a delivery the other day to the tropical greenhouse. I hadn't been inside for quite some time, so I decided to have a look around. Because this structure is for tropical plants, the temperature and humidity levels are quite toasty and it feels like a jungle.
1 I was asked to drive the Kawasaki to the tropical greenhouse and make a special delivery.
2 Ryan found these pineapple lilies (Eucomis) under the tables in the greenhouse. He repotted them and wants to see if they'll flower. Their flower spikes appear to have little pineapples on each top.
3 These agave transplants are certainly getting big.
4 I see that the Beschorneria yuccoides, or Mexican lily, is sending up its unusual spiky bloom.
5 These pots of equisetum, or horsetail, are thriving.
6 And what do we have growing up there?
7 Why they're figs! Martha loves figs!
8 Ahh! A bird's nest fern - These ferns are naturally epiphytic, and in their rainforest homes, can be found growing high in the crooks of trees.
9 Their leathery fronds emerge from a central rosette.
10 What do we have here?
11 They're delicate little succulents that are excellent for growing at the base of other plants.
12 These are more agaves that will be lovely in containers this spring.
13 Oooh! That's one giant fern, Ryan.
14 These plants are called cycads and they are very ancient. In fact, during the Jurassic Period, cycads were found in many parts of the world. The Jurassic is often called the "Age of Cycads."
15 There are many kinds of agaves and this one is the largest variety that we have.
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