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George Theodoris

Secret life of plants 3: Variegation

Secret life of plants 3: Variegation

This is my third science related blog post which is intended to give plant hobbyists a deeper appreciation of the precise nature of how their plants grow as well as a base of knowledge from which to better comprehend phenomena such as variegation and cresting. This post will focus on leaf variegation.  In my first blog post, "Secret life of plants 1: the Meristem", we learned that plants have dome clusters of embryonic stem cells (merstems) at their growing points that give rise to the different structures that make up a plant - leaves, stems, flowers, roots etc. These structures all develop from the edges of the mersitem domes...

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George Theodoris

Secret life of plants 2: photosynthesis

Secret life of plants 2: photosynthesis

This is my second science related blog post which is intended to give plant hobbyists a deeper appreciation of the precise nature of how their plants grow as well as a base of knowledge from which to better comprehend phenomena such as variegation and cresting. After my last blog post -  Secret life of plants 1: the Meristem - I expected the this next one would focus on variegation. But I realized that to really be able to grasp variegation and, in particular, the origin and inheritance of variegation, one needs of have a fundamental understanding of the role chlorophyll plays in plant life. So please join...

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George Theodoris

Secret life of plants 1: the Meristem

Secret life of plants 1: the Meristem

The way plants grow and develop is fascinating and distinct from the way animals grow and develop. In this blog post I want to give plant hobbyists a  deeper appreciation of the precise nature of how their plants grow and a base of knowledge to better comprehend phenomenon like variegation and cresting which will be explored in future blog posts.  Part 1: the Meristem Imagine if on the top of your head there was a dome of undifferentiated embryonic tissue. This tissue would constantly make new organs-new arms would be produced out of this embryonic dome  and your old arms would shrivel away and fall off. On...

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George Theodoris

Introducing the Artisan- John Chwekun

Introducing the Artisan- John Chwekun

John Chwekun one of our featured Plant Artisans. John is an artist from Southern California whose medium is ceramics, mixed media and lest we forget -plants! Lets take a look at some of his creations.  Haworthia truncata x comptoniana This is the most impressive truncata hybrid I can remember seeing. And I've seen many. Anyone working with truncata hybrids knows that in such hybrids the nice leaf markings of the parental plants usually get lost or muddied and you end up with drab etiolated-looking plants. By crossing together carefully selected choice plants John has created a plant which has a unique flattened wide-leaf phenotype...

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