Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Geophytes In the Morning

...and Geophytes at night.

We spent the morning digging up the Sweet Potatoes (Ipomoea batata 'Margarita') that were shredded by the hailstorm in the Rose Garden and the evening dissecting tubers, bulbs and corms in propagation class. Who knew that the tuberous part of the Cyclamen pictured below is really an enlarged hypocotl? And here I thought that growing your basic bulbs and tubers like garlic and potatoes was pretty cool. That Cyclamen hypocotl is something else entirely.

Cyclamen graceum (Bonsai Musem)

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