Red Butte Garden Greenhouse Tour – Part 1 | Modern Gardener

December 6, 2019

I am obsessed with this purple plant, that
is amazing. Oh my God. It looks like a Who plant or something. That is a pretty goofy looking plant, isn’t
it? We use this bench, we have these hot water
pipes right here, there’s a hot water heat that circulates the water, and that warms
the soil temperatures to about 70 degrees. And so that helps with the germination of
the seedlings. Sometimes we use these Petri dishes. And we’ll start sensitive seeds in here. So then that way we can take care of them
a little bit better. Basically, we can germinate them on these
little trays. That way we can see when one emerges and then
we can plant them out, so we don’t just have them in the media and then they deteriorate
in there. Okay. Since these are more difficult to germinate. Most vegetables and herbs you start from seeds. Okay. And a lot of our cultivars, decorative plants,
we start with cuttings. Because basically, with the cuttings you get
the exact same genetics every single time. You’re basically taking the clone from the
mother plant. Little clones. And you put it out so they’ll all be identical
genetics. Okay. you have a beautiful variegation that
you want to keep, or some nice leaf, that way you can keep it. And just take the cuttings. By doing cuttings. Okay. And you can see, one thing that you can see
on this plant, here we’ve cut part of the leaf off. When you’re doing cuttings you want to remove
a certain percentage of the leafs so that you don’t have too much water loss through
the leaf. So that’s why sometimes you’ll cut a leaf
in half or you’ll remove a few leaves. Is there a golden ratio of how many leaves,
or anything that…like a rule of thumb? Usually you just want to leave….I don’t
know, it kind of depends, but you want to leave just a couple of leaves, two or three leaves
on there. And some things, if you can’t control your
humidity as well you might want to reduce the leaves a little bit more. But if you have really good humidity then
you don’t have to cut as many off. We have a lot of succulents that we start. And most succulents are actually pretty easy
to propagate. You can do the same thing, you can dip them
in rooting hormone and then just stick them in, and then pretty soon you get these little
rooted, you know, cubes and they’re ready to go. As we propagate the succulents and then we
move them up into bigger sizes, you can see all these beautiful Aeonium, Sedums, we have
some Begonias here, some Rhoeo. These are Buganvillas. These are some Tropical Impatiens. These are all the stock plants, and those
are the ones that we’re cutting off of, and so a lot of these here are some of our replacement
stock plants. So that way we can just keep perpetuating
the variety that we’re growing. All that propagation we do turns into this
beautiful collection of succulents that we use for the interiors and some of our combination
pots of our succulents. There’s all kinds of fun ones, like this guy. This is, ah, Drunkard’s Dream. It’s kind of an interesting one. It’s in flower. Is this the Jade right here? Yeah, so these are all Jade plants. So yeah, there’s this variegated Jade. And a lot of times we don’t think about, like,
Sansevierias as being succulents but they really are, like, very tough and very water wise. These are Hybiscus, you can see they come
in all different colors. From red, some of these orange ones. Yeah they’re not only in Hawaii we have
them in greenhouses too. So are these all for our growing zone, or
are these specifically for a greenhouse? These are for greenhouses. Almost none of these things will survive if
you put them outside. Okay. So I wouldn’t recommend trying to grow them
outside unless you just are tired of them. Okay. But, great house plants. So they’re all house plants.

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