DIY and rarities

On one of my periodic greenhouse tidy-ups, it became obvious that the seed trays were taking up too much room, so I knocked up a shelf arrangement this morning using some spare stair rods and the wire racks from a collapsible mini-greenhouse. Looks OK, does a job.

While moving the trays I found a seedling in the Richea dracophylla tray. This is a Tasmanian native of the Ericaceae family. It has linear leaf venation and looks for all the world like a monocot to a botanical noob such as I. This is exciting because as far as I know, the only specimens of this species in the UK were flown in from Tasmania by a private collector. Here it is amongst the moss of the tray. Remember this is a dicot. i’m assuming the seed leaves are buried somewhere in the moss.

Not strictly rare, but certainly unusual to come across, is Ficus petiolaris, a xerophytic species of fig from western North America. In time these plants form a caudex as an adaptation to the difficulties their environment poses them.

They’re just as precious when they’re tiny. More special in a way, since if i’m growing something from seed it’s usually because i’ve not been able to get it any other way and haven’t ever seen it IRL before. By growing them myself i’ve seen these plants for the first time.

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