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);

– Aloe;

– Kalanchoe;

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

– Nasturtium


– 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)


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