The job of Scientific Officer (Biology) in Manchester Metropolitan University comes with a plant collection.
After a tour of web-resources, I realized that most are specialized. Some people grow Geraniums (Pelargoniums)*, but 200 varieties of them. Others have 200 African violets, or 10 carnivorous plants. I have to be a generalist and it suits me.
What I have in my collection (May 2015)
– aronund 50 Geraniums, normal and variegated, red and pink, mostly grown by me from seeds, some from tops;
– 4 African Violets (Saintpaulia) blue, purple (2017: one dried out over Christmas, one lost the top growing point);
– Chrismas cactus (Schlumbergera) (2017: leaf propagated);
– Geraniums (Pelargoniums);
– Sago palm (Cycas revoluta);
– three unlabelled cacti,
– Platycerium, maidenhear and as yet unedintified fern bougth in a shop;
– carnivorous plants: Drosera, Nepentes, Venus fly trap from a “beginner’s collection);
– two bromeliads – Thillasia (2017: propagated by new patents that grow on the old);
– herbs: basil, marjoram, chives grown from seeds
– 6 air plants (2017: only two, the most fleshy, remain, the rest dried out or rotten)
I am going to write about them.
*Common name (Scientific name)