I bled for these grafts so they better grow well. :P
The philodendron experiment wrapped up today so I potted some of them up and will take them home once the roots have gotten used to the new soil.
Our lab group is also growing some plants from grocery produce. We have little kumquat trees, celery, ginger and shallots grown from produce we just got from the local grocery store.
The kumquats we grew from seeds picked right out of the fruit itself. You have to make sure the seed looks greenish and fat. The shriveled, small seeds aren't viable and won't grow if you stick them in soil.
Our shallot has been growing nicely.
The ginger root is doing well too.
Here's the celery plant which we literally just broke off and stuck in the soil.
The other experiment we started today was microgreens. These are going to be really fun to watch because they'll grow really fast. We just scattered seeds on about an inch to 2 inches of soil, covered lightly with a bit more soil, watered and set in the mist house so they can be kept consistently moist.
I planted basil, arugula, beets and curly cress.
And here's a picture of the misthouse for those of you who've been wondering.
We root things in our sandboxes and keep anything else (like the microgreens) that need to be moist constantly in here. Those low hanging pipes have mist nozzles sticking out every so often and turn on and off, sometimes giving a horticulture student a good spritz in the face when they're least expecting.