Friday, September 2, 2016

Heat, Humidity Create Rainforest Micro Habitat

By Mary Lemens, GBCC Gardener 

August proved to be a hot one, breaking records on a daily basis. The heat created some interesting reactions from some of the plants.

The most unusual reaction comes from the elephant ears on the middle entry beds. If you look closely at the picture at soil level, you'll see runners. The plants are acting like they would in their natural environment, the rainforest. Between the heat, humidity, and the half day of sun, the bed became a micro climate of the tropics. I've never seen runners develop on these before!

In the rain forest, the runners spread and create new plants. If you look closely, you can see small plants starting to grow. Take a peak in the center of the beds and see all the babies growing. It is a nursery in there and really interesting to see.

 Gardener out.

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