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    What are you gonna do when that Cycad pops the roof? :O

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    These are awesome pictures. I can't believe how many Welwitschia you have! It must be a blast working with all those cool plants.

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    Yeah... that's my dream job. How do people get into these things?

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    Finally, the finale. Our rainforest room.
    Edit: Switched photos around--left dead links so replacing with generic link to my album: http://s960.photobucket.com/user/kev...ary/Greenhouse
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    S'more cool stuff:
    Edit: Switched photos around--left dead links so replacing with generic link to my album: http://s960.photobucket.com/user/kev...ary/Greenhouse
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    Your plants and flowers look beautiful. Do you work with plant tissue culture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flasker View Post
    Your plants and flowers look beautiful. Do you work with plant tissue culture?
    Thank you! Unfortunately, I have no experience with tissue culture. I am considering going back to grad school for horticulture, however. I would really like to understand it in greater detail. I work around a lot of scientists and have seen quite a few labs, so I am at least partially familiar with the techniques. I just don't have the income to invest in any of the chemicals or equipment. I have a couple good ebooks on tissue culture and you may have inspired me to actually read them though =D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantea View Post
    What are you gonna do when that Cycad pops the roof? :O
    We already had a tree fern die because it got too tall. Our oldest cycads arrived in the early 90s--a university in Florida shipped its entire cycad collection to conservatories around the country 1992 to protect them from Hurricane Andrew. It's definitely something we worry about. There isn't a good way to deal with that situation--honestly, no one ever thought they'd get that big after 60+ years!

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    These are awesome pictures. I can't believe how many Welwitschia you have! It must be a blast working with all those cool plants.
    Thanks! The Welwitschias are sort of our pride and joy. We've figured out a lot about how to grow em and I usually raise the babies whenever we're able to make crosses. Best thing I've ever done, horticulturally. Crossed it off my bucket list!

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    Yeah... that's my dream job. How do people get into these things?
    It was a mixture of giving away CP seeds, volunteering, working part-time for 6 months with a wife freshly laid off from real estate, being almost completely broke, and finally landing a position with my fingers crossed. I've never hoped that hard for anything in all my life. I graduated in horticulture back when Georgia was hit with severe drought, and 80% of the nurseries and landscapers went out of business. It was harrowing and I was almost forced to abandon my dreams of working with plants altogether.

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