The Agave greenhouse
I took only a few photos, suffering from major desirable plant overload--wow. Wantthatwantthatwantthatwanteverything. Do you ever find that the more cool plants a seller offers, the fewer you can buy, because you are overwhelmed by the possibilities? The proprietors were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
The Aloe greenhouse:
And cacti and caudiciforms and mesembs...all those Agaves, but I was too overwhelmed to pick out any.
The seed germination room. The seeds are germinated at 100% humidity. Damping off is prevented by fungicide spray as necessary, but spraying with 0-0-26 fertilizer has been found to be extremely effective.
The owners grow many plants from seed they collect themselves from mother plants in one special area of a greenhouse. The blooming plants must be protected from hummingbirds to prevent hybrid seed from forming--hummingbirds are pollinators. No plants are grown in the ground. This is a drawback for the plants, but it is necessary for out-of-state sales, to prevent any soil borne pests that might be present from being exported to other locations.
Clockwise, from top, what we got: Aloe capitata var quartzicola, Aloe betsileensis, a tiny
The rock-pot came from a rock shop in Quartzite, where we stopped briefly.