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Lemon Lime Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

My little lemon lime is starting to really flourish in the nice bright sunlight in my new room! 

I pruned a few leaves that were a little damaged. I tend to think that as long as you have a healthy plant, damaged leaves should be cut off so that the plant doesn’t waste energy trying to grow leaves that aren’t as pretty as you would like them to be. Seems to be working well for me!

Came home to another ripe fruit the other day, and I take it back, the Mandrake fruits smell amazing. Maybe it’s because it’s more ripe so it exudes the scent better (the unharmed fruit didn’t smell last time), and not smashed and less strong, idk, but it smells so deliciously sweet and fruity.

I tried a bit cut off without seeds. It’s not horrid. Sweet, but still that just slightly off taste in the background like it’s overly ripe or just starting to rot.

inayaeza  asked:

Do you, by any chance, know a way to make realistic plant-like life form living at night? I'm building a planet with a really slow cycle, so a night go on for what would be decades on Earth, and I'm not sure if glowing mushroom and co would be enough for my plants.

I assume by the nature of your question that you’re planning on having this plant-like life create energy through photosynthesis, yes? Photosynthesis can occur with other types of light, as well. This paper talks about an specific alternative light which could add to the biodiversity of plants. However, from what I can tell, sunlight is the only way that has been truly life-sustaining in our known world. (Disclaimer: I am not a botanist.)

But–like so many things–when you’re working within the laws of a fictional world, you can do so many things that seem impossible to us. Bioluminesence might not feasibly sustain other plants on Earth, but in your fictional world, your “glowing mushroom” could put out a type of UV light that plants on Earth do not. Perhaps it could be enough to sustain other plants, at least temporarily. 

Consider this, as well: If these plant-like lifeforms evolved on this world to live as they do, then perhaps they have energy conserving or energy producing skills that terrestrial plants do not have. What if they save light like a camel saves water? What if they have evolved an ability to produce energy from other sources? Photosynthesis and

Hope that gives you something to think about.

Happy building!

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Aptenia ‘Red Apple’, Aizoaceae

Although it is now quite a common succulent on the market, you might have not had a chance to see a baby sun rose growing outdoors unless you live in a country with decently warm and bright summers. This cultivar, actually an hybrid between A. cordifolia and the yellow-flowered A. haeckeliana, is native to southern Africa and doesn’t really stand a chance in the wet and dark Scottish winter, so in the middle photo you can see it growing under glass at Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Milan’s continental climate, however, seems to be good enough for it to thrive, and the top and bottom pictures were taken in the communal garden of the building were my family lives. It was placed there by a smart neighbour, a lady with a passion for succulents and plant propagation, and the plant quickly and vigorously spread to cover two bold patches of bare ground in the semi-shade of the first-floor balconies. Nothing they had trialed there had succeeded before, aside for some sparse Viola odorata plants. 

Almost a year ago now I took a small cutting and brought it over to Scotland to see if it would manage as well as at the Botanic Gardens, but I had really mixed results. The cutting has grown into 10 trailing stems about 40 cm/16 in long, better than I expected, but half of them have completely lost their foliage due to low light levels and temperature. At the moment is really not worth sharing a photo of it, but I will try and propagate it again to see if it can survive another winter. The whole experience has been remarkably similar to that of a cutting of Delosperma cooperi I brought over from home, whereas I had no luck at all with propagating a Cephalophyllus sp cutting I took in my aunt’s garden. Altogether, this seems to suggest I shouldn’t waste anymore space trying to grow Aizoaceae in my flat. There’s a lesson to learn from any experiment you attempt with plants and pushing their limits is a good way too observe their response. I never thought I could successfully grow any cacti or succulents here, but I have dozens of species looking down on me from my shelves telling me my assumption was just wrong! 

Let’s talk about prairie, history, and language. For communities so focused on “native plants”/”native gardening”/etc there’s so little acknowledgement or engagement with indigenous Americans and their history. 

When we talk about science, there’s a baseline assumption of objectivity. Science is Truth, something apart from messy cultural ideas. The reality is, culture and all it’s messes bleed into science, like here in ecology. We gotta be conscious of the histories we inherit in science.

hey it’s ur boi here to fuck with your culinary-based perception of fruits

“where do strawberries fit in” WELL strawberries aren’t true fruits. Their seeds are the fruit (achenes) but the flesh is derived from other parts of the flower base. Blackberries and raspberries also aren’t berries - they’re clusters of individual drupes. Pineapples and mulberries aren’t simple fruits either - they’re both formed from many separate flowers whose fruits grow together. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This isn’t 100% comprehensive but covers most classifications. No ref links this time as all the content came from my NYBG Plant Morphology coursework.

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