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The $6,374 Pineapple

In 1667 John Rose, the royal gardener, took a knee at the foot of Charles II, the King of England, and presented him with a pineapple. This wasn't the $3.00 discount pineapple from your local grocer, but rather the single most expensive fruit in the Western world.

Nov 25, 2020 by Tony M Morley - @tonymmorley
Food & Recipes Blogs
Rare ghost orchid has multiple pollinators, groundbreaking video reveals

Scientists and photographers captured footage that upends what we know about the famed, endangered flower.

Feb 02, 2020 by National Geographic
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
What's it Like to Live in a Greenhouse? Houseplant Home Tour - Ep 163

I know I'm not the only one who has wondered what it would be like to live in a glasshouse. Well, look no further, because I found an ecological community in...

May 18, 2020 by Summer Rayne Oakes
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
Twinkletoes Twinkling Timelapse
The secret life of Twinkletoe Succulents, revealed! A timelapse of the movement of Twinkletoes shoes that they actually move, pretty much constantly. Set to copyright-free music, for your enjoyment :)
Dec 10, 2019 by Tectract
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
A Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Could Lead to a Sustainable Future

Instead of neat rows of monoculture, forest gardens combine fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables together in one seemingly wild setting. This type of agroforestry mimics natural ecosystems and uses the space available in a sustainable way. UK-based Martin Crawford is one of the pioneers of forest gardening.

Nov 22, 2019 by National Geographic
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian's newly digitized collection

By Hannah S. Ostroff No green thumb? You don't need to water these dazzling orchids to enjoy them. More than 8,000 living specimens in the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection have been digitized and are now available to see and study from anywhere in the world.

Nov 16, 2019 by Smithsonian Insider
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
Discovery solves mystery of ghost orchid reproduction

Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world's most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces. These rare, charming orchids were long thought to be pollinated by a single insect: the giant sphinx moth.

Oct 24, 2019 by Douglas Main
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
Cotyledon 'Bear Paw' : seed harvesting

A while ago I experimented with cross pollinating my bear paw succulent and was happy to find I got viable seeds. It's a little unusual to harvest the seeds, however, as you don't get the traditionally looking seed pod. Here's a quick visual guide to help show what you might expect.

Oct 10, 2019 by toddmhuss
Botany & Horticulture Blogs

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