Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Journal September 18, 2013 - More tropical plants for the greenhouse

Another eBay bargain arrived today and it is a fantastic plant.  The tree shown above is an Arbequina olive, which is one of the best for container growing. Purchased from a seller called foreverfruitless11, it is one of the best I have ever received and it only cost twenty dollars, delivered.  If you are interested in growing an olive as a container plant this would be a good option to look into.

The 15 rooted cuttings mentioned in my September 9, 2013 post have actually turned into 19 individual plants.  All of the plants in the above photo, with the exception of the large container in the back row on the right, were received totally free of charge after a dispute with the seller.

That said,  there are still four more olive varieties on order, and, an Allspice, Gardenia and Ginger in process. Why all the tropical plants?  I guess I am looking for a challenge, and what is the sense of having a greenhouse if you don't use it for unusual plants?

Back on the subject on indoor hydroponics; I had a chance to look at the Garnet Rose lettuce this evening when the LED grow light turned off.  With the light on, it is not possible to see the true color of the plant, and this one is a beauty.  Sometime ago I read that red lettuce has more health benefits then green.  That being the case; you should be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and bend steel with your bare hands after eating this one.  I have never seen a lettuce as red as this one!

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