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13
JUL
2013

Weekend Photo Contest – July 13-14, 2013

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Weekend Challenge for Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14, 2013: Post a picture of your favorite piece of landscaping with the tag #photocontest to our Facebook Page by 10:00 PM on Sunday, 7/14. During this coming week we will have our fans vote for their favorite pic. The winner will receive a prize when voting closes on Thursday, 7/18 at 10:00 PM EST.

***Photos must be your original photography

12
JUL
2013

Invasive Plants In Vero Beach

Tropical will begin a weekly series starting next week to focus on invasive or “Pest Plants” in Vero Beach, FL and Indian River County, FL.

To focus attention on —

  • the adverse effects exotic pest plants have on Florida’s biodiversity and native plant communities,
  • Eradication and control of invasive plant species in the Ocean Resorts community.
  • the habitat losses in natural areas from exotic pest plant infestations,
  • the impacts on native endangered species via habitat loss and alteration,
  • the need for pest-plant management,
  • the socio-economic impacts of these plants (e.g., increased wildfires or flooding in certain areas),
  • providing information to help managers set priorities and implement control programs.

There are many reasons to control invasive plants and undesirable plant species in the wild, and in the urban environment. Many exotic plants pose a risk to property, people, and native plant and animal communities. Undesirable plantings also have a major impact on property value.

It is also important to the aesthetic of any property or community to maintain a high degree of uniformity in regards to plant materials utilized throughout the landscaping. Plantings installed by non- professionals are often unsuitable for the environment they are placed in, in terms of:

  1. Size at maturity
  2. Invasiveness
  3. Survivability
  4. Maintenance requirements
  5. Appearance in conjunction with nearby desirable plantings
Photo Credit: Florida Forest Service
 Source: http://www.floridaforestservice.com/forest_management/fm_images/invasive_plants_images/JCF%20everywhere.jpg
11
JUL
2013

Amazing Plant Facts – The Quaking Aspen

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In South-central Utah (my home state) there is a quaking aspen tree (Populus tremuloides) which has been given the name “Pando” meaning, “I spread” in Latin.

Pando is the heaviest known organism on the planet, weighing in at an astounding estimate of 6,600 tons. Covering (107) acres, and sporting around (47,000) stems. The stem’s are an average age of (130) years old based on tree ring research.

Pando is also among the oldest known living organisms, most experts agree at an age of 80,000 years. An amazing period of time for a single plant to live. If the age estimate is correct, Pando was a seedling around 76,000 years before the pyramid of Cheops was built in Egypt.

The quaking aspen can reproduce using a process called suckering. An individual stem can send out lateral roots which, send up other erect stems. From all above-ground appearances, the new stems look just like individual trees, but are connected, and genetically identical. This process is repeated until a whole stand of multiple stems, called ramets, all form a single individual, which is usually called a clone.

Biologists believe there could be older, and larger quaking aspen stands that have yet to be discovered and researched. Some biologists believe that western stands of aspen could be as much as one million years old.

Photo Credit: Conservation Report
Source: http://conservationreport.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/quaking-aspen.jpg