Several weeks ago, the Tucker Greenhouse pomegranate plant bloomed. It is now setting fruits. Two of them! I will periodically post new photos of these two developing pomegranates. If you’d like to see the plant, or even photograph it in person, it’s located in the southern most greenhouse. I call this variety, ‘Mr. Fenton’.
The picture below is a pomegranate flower in full bloom.
I grow Quinoa plants in the Tucker Greenhouse because they are a very cool example of a plant found in the Chenopodiaceae family, or Goosefoot family. Chenopodium quinoa, more commonly known as Quinoa, is grown for its edible seeds. It is closely related to other healthy edibles like spinach & beets. The picture below is a Quinoa plant in full bloom. If you’d like to see the Quinoa plants currently growing in the Tucker Greenhouse, they’re located in the south greenhouse.
Quinoa, once used by the Aztecs, is becoming quite popular today. If you’d like to read more about this highly nutritious food, click here.
Today in the northern most room in the Tucker Greenhouse, two particularly fragrant plants are blooming. A purple Dendrobium orchid, and a Suriname Cherry tree (Eugenia uniflora)
Almost daily, an undergraduate student drops by my office to see if I need any help, or if they can volunteer to learn the ins and outs of greenhouse work. I now have two, really nice, hard-working volunteers. Today I taught Fiorella San Martin how to plant seeds.
Tanner Leslie, pictured below is the other Tucker Greenhouse volunteer. Tanner is busy pruning plants in the very humid Tropical greenhouse.
Often the large trees inside of the Tucker Greenhouse need pruning. If they don’t get pruned on a regular basis, their branches can press on the roof glass, and can actually break the panes of glass. That is a dangerous situation. I can prune most of the plants in the greenhouses by using pole pruners with telescoping poles, but when it comes to trees 30 feet up in the air, with large woody branches, I call in the MU Grounds crew special forces. Check out the pictures below of Mike and Kellen, MU’s talented and friendly arborists.