Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Wait… What is inside my tomato?

Friday, November 16th, 2018

This afternoon I went food shopping because I had a hankering for a simple lettuce and tomato salad.

I washed and prepared the lettuce. Washed the tomato. Cut the tomato. Placed some of the tomato on the lettuce. Then noticed something odd.

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 15 Afternoon

On closer look, it became clear that several tomato seeds were sprouting inside the tomato.

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 15 Afternoon

Apparently, I was under the mistaken notion that tomato seeds cannot sprout inside the fruit.

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 16 Morning

Tomato Seeds Sprouting

2018 November 16 Morning

College Of Agriculture, Health And Natural Resources Extension

Vivipary happens when the hormone controlling the seed dormancy is exhausted or runs out, letting the seed grow in the moist environment inside the fruit.

B. Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension Consumer Horticulturist

In tomatoes, cool temperatures coupled with low light conditions (such as in refrigeration) is thought to inhibit that particular PGR (plant-growth regulators), thus allowing the seeds to germinate inside the moist, warm environment of the fruit, when brought back to room temperature.

The sprouts of tomato seeds are toxic, so you should not eat the fruit.


Since I had tossed some of the cut tomato into my salad I removed it and rewashed the lettuce.

What should I do with the rest of the tomatoes that I purchased?

Purchased Tomatoes

Purchased Tomatoes Stickers

Outrageously Fresh? Sure they could be. Perhaps what could have happened–the tomatoes
were chilled between harvest and the shelf in the grocery store.

If I don’t slice the tomatoes could the seeds sprout and emerge through the skin? That would be very cool.

What should I do with the sprouting seeds? Plant them?
No guarantee what I might get if any of the seedlings survive.


It Was a Brilliant Green Caterpillar

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

I noticed a lot of damage to this plant, but couldn’t find the culprit.

Green and Purple Plant

Green and Purple Plant

Green and Purple Plant

Until Wednesday. How could I miss this caterpillar?

Green Caterpillar

Green Caterpillar

Since I am not sure who he is, decided to leave him. To wait and see. Pretty sure he is a moth of sorts.

The plant is probably a Plectranthus. I purchased it on a whim from the neighborhood grocery store.

It is a fast grower. Easy to propagate by snapping off a piece and either placing the piece in a small amount of water or popping it directly in soil.


Brugmansia and Caterpillars

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

I posted this image of a variegated Brugmansia in September. That was prior to caterpillars made it their home.

Brug

Brug

The caterpillars look so much like the Brug leaves and stems they are often difficult to find.

Brug

Brug

Caterpillars Removed This Morning

Brug

This evening I found three more.


One of Five Flowers

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Planted a box of wildflower seeds. Should have been a mass of colorful flowers; but the result was just a few random plants.

Weren’t the seeds viable? Or… were they a nice snack for the birds, mice, and squirrel?

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula

Other Four Plants/Flowers

Wildflower

Wildflower

Wildflower

Wildflower


Pumpkins and Insects

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Pumpkins

Pumpkins Before Rotating Them

Pumpkins

When I Rotated the Smaller of Two
Several Tiny Red Insects Scurried Away


Morning Glories

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Morning Glory Bud

Morning Glory Pale Blue

Morning Glory Blue

Morning Glory Exterior

Morning Glory Pale Pink

Morning Glory Spent Flower

Morning Glory Seed Pod

Morning Glory Seed Pod

Morning Glory Seed Pod


Datura Seed Pod

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Datura

Datura grown from seed harvested from 2017 volunteer.

The seed pods are very sharp and pointy. I do not touch them. I place a container under and snip the stems. If I am lucky the seed pod drops into the container.

Datura Seed Pod

Datura Seed Pod

Datura Seed Pod


Dietes

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Dietes Flower

Dietes Bloom

Dietes Seed Pod Split

Dietes Seed Pod

Dietes Seed Pod

Dietes Seed Pod

Dietes Seed Pod


Spider Mites on a Potted Brugmansia

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Spider Mites

Spider Mites

Spider Mites

Spider Mites

And I have no idea who this is–

Not a Spider Mite

Brug in Pot

After the last flowers bloom, I plan to remove all of the leaves and then treat the Brug with systemic.


Brugmansia and Datura

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Brug Datura

Variegated Brugmansia and a Datura
The Datura flowers open upward.
They both have a delicious fragrance.