Field Trip to Top Tropicals

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Another shot of Val's gardens. This is from her sliding door looking at the right side of her patio/garden.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Last shot of Val's gardens. This is the path around the screened patio you have just seen, or her outdoor garden in the back.
See all the nice places you have missed by not joining us at our little weekly gatherings.
Art

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Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

Art, Those are some great shots. Where did you get the sun, did you edit that in? I remember it was raining at Vals'.

By the way, Didn't you want some cuttings of that yellow B'fly bush?

Val, I forgot to dig some of that wild portulacca for you. Sorry. My memory is so bad. I took care of some of those things in the pond we talked about yesterday. Now there is more sun coming in to let the lilies find their way to the surface. I know in my efforts to keep some of the sun out to avoid the algae I went a little overboard. But it's better now. I can spare some of the flowering sensitive if you want to put some of that in your pond. I think it would be lovely and it would like being there as well. I can even give you a piece of the other water sensitive. They have really done well and are growing right over the edges.

Nancy, I wish I had something special to send you home with (other than my doggies gifts on your shoes). When you come back from Chicago, we'll see what that might be.

Molly
:^))))

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

I'm saving up for the biggie....Molly...

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

The sun, I remember it well. Used to see it around here all the time. With the rain this past 6 weeks, I hardly remember it anymore. If only the sun would hold back for another 6 or 7 weeks, we would be in September and the summer would be just about over, sigh!

Yes, I wanted cuttings of yellow b'fly bush, but I forgot. Perhaps you could bring me one at the next GT. I also wanted a piece of Stevia. Perhaps you could bring me a piece of that too.

I think we need to organize these visits so we accomplish all we want to do. We did so much talking we saved the cuttings for when we were leaving and rushed it.

I have all the stuff I gathered in yesterday planted, except the seeds.

We are into the second week from our visit to Val's. The cuttings from Val's might be ready for our next GT.

Would you Dmail me the names of a couple of the plants I picked up Saturday? One was a tall plant you dug up with a mini closed red rose type of flower I think from the N side. The second was a cutting of a smallish leaf multi colored red and green, I think from the S side. The third was, if I didn't know better, a cutting from a plant that was about 2' high that without the flower looked exactly like a blanket flower plant. This one was loaded with seeds. The fourth was a small, about 2-3" high dark green leaved plant with about four small leaves on it.

Thanks for having us over. Looking forward to our next visit.

Art

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Sugar, I am not going to make it for that tissue culture class. Perhaps we will meet at a plant round-up this fall.

I did spend several hours early this morning researching tissue culture. It's a very interesting concept and appears to be something I could do. I want to persue it further.

Although it seems to take lots of time for results, being a cuttings person, it's right up my alley. Much easier to grab a perfect leaf from a perfect plant vs a decent sized cutting. And it sure beats waiting months for seeds, which don't produce anywhere near perfect results.

I found several local colleges with tissue culture classes, and lots of local access to the equipment and chemicals. There are papers galore available over the 'net. Florida seems to be a hot spot for tissue culture. I found a bunch of lab's and businesses and a UF brance in Apopka devoted to it.

I remember a long while ago (about 25 or so years ago) when I was working for a company headquarted in Deland, I would spend an extra day on my monthly visit to the HQ, visiting plant "factories" in Apopka. I once visited a greenhouse there that was over a mile long. They were doing tissue culture way back then with cacti.

I need to evaluate how much space this kind of operation would take up before I make a commitment.

I even have a perfect plant to practice with, provided Val would part with a leaf from her "butterfly plant". Below is a close up I was able to get from a shot not shown in the above group of pictures taken at Val's. Check out this perfect plant for butterfly lovers. The close up is kind of fuzzy, but you can see what I mean right away about this being perfect for butterfly lovers.

Oops, since I preview'd before I attached, I will post the picture in the next post.

This is very interesting stuff.

Art

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

A fuzzy close up of a plant at Val's.

Art

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Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

Hi Art,

I am making a list for Nancy's GT on 7/22. I believe that was the date, a Friday.

I am making a list for both you and Val and have put the items you asked for on it. I'll make a list for Nancy too when we figure what to put on it. :^)))

There was one other plant someone wanted and I remembered it for 2 seconds. Any ideas?

Sending you a dmail now for plant ID's.

Molly
:^)))

South Florida, FL(Zone 10b)

Hi to all, I see I missed a lot today. We moved my computer to another location so I was out of the loop for a while.

Molly and Art, thanks so much for all the wonderful cuttings and plants you both gave me yesterday. The Hosta is in a new pot and I'm so happy to have it :-)

I had a nice time with all of you and I hope we can continue to meet and at the same time get to meet some of the other members that live in this area.

BTW I cut a little piece of the butterfly plant with the hope that it becomes more bushy and sturdy. I saved the piece and I'm rooting it for you. I hope it takes, then I can give some to Art.
Molly, I would love some of the flowering sensitive for my pond. Is there anything else you may like from my garden?

Hap, Friday the 22nd, sounds good to me. Hope you have a nice trip to Chicago!!
What time do you want us there?

If anyone wants any cuttings from my garden just holler Ok.


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Homestead, FL(Zone 10b)

Your gardens are beautiful Val. Thank you for letting Art share the photographs.

South Florida, FL(Zone 10b)

Thanks Delecie. One of this day you have to come up to Broward to meet us, or maybe we can meet down there. What do you think?

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

On Friday, 7/22, let's keep the time the same: 1:30..that seems to work for all.

If the rain stops, we can tour the garden flowers, but if it doesn't, we will tour the weeds...LOL

Hap

South Florida, FL(Zone 10b)

Sounds good Hap. See you then and in the meantime enjoy the visit with your daughter.


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Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

Thanks

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Hap,
Count me in. Don't forget to post us directions on how to find you.
Have a good trip and don't forget to say hello to the DD for me.

Val, If not too much trouble, could you bring me a cutting of that pink flower I pointed out to you at Molly's. The one located way in the back behind all the bushes. You said at the time you would have given me one while at your house, but I already had a bunch to handle and don't like to do too many at once.

I am already working on a variation of that pot holder I commented on in your patio. I would have discussed it with my manufacturing friend this weekend, but we couldn't GT for our usual Sunday morning breakfast. I should be able to show him my idea sometime this week. I am thinking about a square extruded aluminum model which would allow pots to be hung on all four sides.

Molly, I am sending up two pictures via Dmail of the remaining plants I need to have id'd. Next GT I need to remember my notebook to prevent sort of thing happening in the future.

Everyone else looking in, if close by, consider joining us at our next mini GT at Nancy's. She is in central Broward so it's not too far for many of you. Don't forget to bring a "want" list so the rest of us know what to bring for you.
I will post a current list of my growing plants, and others you might want cuttings of. Many of the bushes I have can be found with pictures in the plant files.

Art


Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528104/

Com' on to my house, my housa com' on......

Hap

Homestead, FL(Zone 10b)

Good morning Jnana:

I'd like to visit all of you in Broward and you all can visit me also. I've only been gardening a little over three years so I'll have lots of questions about how I can make my garden better. :-)

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Reading back through the posts here I came across the following line in a post from MollyMc on July 10 11:10 am.

"Val, I forgot to dig some of that wild portulacca for you."
I have these plants growing around my yard from time to time. Mine are yellow. Usually I pull and discard them. If this is what you are looking for, I will look through the yard and if I have one, bring one along Friday the 22nd.

Val, my next door neighbor has some of those "red flowered weeds" we saw at Top Tropicals. I will dig 'em up and bring them along.

Molly, no problem with your van. It was just a thought. However the Explorer is still available should something come up and it's needed, or for that matter, my Ranger if we need another truck type vehicle from our area.

It's going to be so good to meet all these people I have followed through various threads and pictures. Really looking forward to it.

Art

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

This morning I uncovered (took off the plastic bottle) the terrariums containing the cuttings from Val's. Here are a couple of pictures of what they look like so far. Only the two on the right outside of the Coca Cola holders are not from Val's, but they were potted the same day. I potted these plants in the evening after dinner on July 7th.
I took the tops off to give them some liquid root enhancer and to see how they do being exposed to outside air without the humidity of the bottle cover. Those that are still doing well later on this afternoon will be left uncovered. Those that begin to shrivel will get covered again.
The second shot in the next post is from the back looking forward.

Art

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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Here's the back group of plants looking toward the front group. The leaves that look as though they were cut, were cut. I do this to keep the leaves from touching the inside of the plastic bottle, which ususally is dripping from the excess moisture inside the terrarium.
Next post is of cuttings from Molly's on Saturday July 9th.

Art

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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

This and the next post are pictures of some of the cuttings and plants from Molly's. They were taken on July 9th and potted the following morning. These shots are of cuttings not being processed with terrariums. They are doing well so far.

Art

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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Another shot of cuttings from Molly's. Once again, these are being processed without terrariums.

Art

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South Florida, FL(Zone 10b)

Thanks Art, I'll make some room for those cuttings. Those cuttings look great, you certainly are a master at this.

I have the Brazilian Plume reserved for you, I'll bring to our next meeting. I'll also bring some Natal Plum for you.



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Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

Great job Art, everything looks wonderful!

Alright, I think I need that cutting starter recipe from you. I had cuttings of 18 stevia I was trying to root and it looks like one has succeeded. That's a very bad average.

Next ones I'm doing with the terrariums you gave me.

Molly
:^)))

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Thanks ladies, however let's not get excited just yet. It's not even a week yet and do-do happens. It takes more than a week to get a true indication of what's happening with the plants.

Art

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

I noted earlier I had "wild" portulacca in my yard from time to time. I was wrong on this. What I have is "wild" Purslane.
Those two always get me confused.
Art

Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

Art, I haven't heard from Val in last few days, but I think you are right, it is wild purslane. I can't tell the diff.

Molly:^)))

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

For out next GT on Friday, July 22, go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528104/
Art

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