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Re: Tropiflora Spring Extravaganza

Probably not, but it won't have any trouble attracting them. Think I'm going to plant it in a large [36" diameter] terra cotta pot that is currently empty. The thorns on it are really something--so I guess planting it will require the same defensive armor that planting a cactus requires.

On Monday, April 5, 2004, at 04:34 AM, Melody wrote:

Jim: Does your bull's horn acacia come with the requisite ants to help it thrive?

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Sun 04/04, james singer < jsinger@igc.org > wrote:
From: james singer [mailto: jsinger@igc.org]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004 18:10:45 -0400
Subject: [CHAT] Tropiflora Spring Extravaganza

Today was Tropiflora's annual Spring "event." This year, it was
<br>bigger, more ambitious than ever. Maybe a dozen huge greenhouses
loaded <br>with bromeliads, orchids, fat plants, succulents, and just
plain <br>odd-ball stuff at bargain prices. All that, plus another 20 or
so other <br>plant venders [some of whom are direct competitors to
Tropiflora] with <br>booths, guys selling pulled-pork bar-b-cue, calypso
musicians playing <br>steel drums, and old guys [like moi] shuttling
customers with their <br>plant purchases back to their vehicles in golf
carts. At least four <br>tropical fruit growers, including two from
Florida's east coast, were <br>there. It was a true plant
carnival.<br><br>And the weather was perfect. Mid -70s, not humid,
slight breeze. "Now I <br>know why I live here," the short one said
without prompting. She came <br>home from a week in Massachusetts
yesterday.<br><br>One of the more interesting plants we bought was
[NOREEN] an ant <br>plant--a Bull's Horn Acacia [Acacia sphaerocephala
Chamisso]. Here's a <br>picture and some fascinating
lore.<br><br>http://www.killerplants.com/plant-of-the-week/ 20020204.asp<br><br>Island
Jim<br>Southwest Florida<br>Zone
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