Please Explain: Flowers

Friday, March 20, 2009

Today is the first day of spring, and the first buds and flowers are starting to appear. Here to explain the diversity and scientific complexity of flowers and how to cultivate flower gardens are Dr. Amy Litt, Director of Plant Genomics and Cullman Curator at the New York Botanical Garden, and Kristin M. Schleiter, Curator of Herbaceous Collections and Outdoor Gardens, at the New York Botanical Garden.


Dr. Amy Litt and Kristin M. Schleiter

Comments [17]

Bernard Klevickas from Astoria

Please help save Two Coves Community Garden!

This garden is the newest and one of the largest community gardens in all of New York City. It is under threat by a decade old Parks Department plan to turn the land into a park.

Mar. 20 2009 02:00 PM
Mickey from Harlem

Why can I not grow Aloe Vera? I have gotten splices of very productive plants and yet I can not get it to grow past 3 leaves. A new leaf will sprout up but just as soon as it does, the outer leaf will die off.
I tired placing the plant in water and it will hang on for years but never grow more than 3 leafs.
Friends have taken splices of the same plant and theirs grow like crazy.

Mar. 20 2009 01:56 PM
Mark Dorfman from Manhattan

One evolutionary advantage for plants having scents that are attractive to humans, is that humans would cultivate more of these species to have the scent around.

Mar. 20 2009 01:56 PM
Frank from Manhattan

Since rhubarb leaves are poisonous, who thought up eating the stalks?

Mar. 20 2009 01:56 PM
Willa Mitchell from NJ

You can make a homemade mix of garlic and hot pepper to slurry on your fence and susceptible trees from squirrels and deer.

Mar. 20 2009 01:54 PM
Benigno Veraz from Washington Heights

Is the ability to fly an example of parallel evolution among vertebrates i.e. insects, bats, birds, as the form of reproduction among flowering plants and vertebrates?

Mar. 20 2009 01:52 PM
Amir from Brooklyn

there are palms growing in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden they used to be protected by a plastic stucture but now the palms are left un protected all year round

Mar. 20 2009 01:52 PM
danielle from upper west side - the suburbs

please explain how to get an amaryllis to bloom again in apartment dwelling (after forced at Xmas time)

Mar. 20 2009 01:52 PM
Beth Segal from Brooklyn

What are the affects of dog urine and feces on trees planted on sidewalks in the city? Do these trees need to be watered? Can I plant flowers around these trees?

Mar. 20 2009 01:52 PM
Willa Mitchell from NJ

Could you address the "suicide seeds" being developed.

Mar. 20 2009 01:49 PM
Carlos from New Jersey

What flowers are friendly for people with allergies?

Mar. 20 2009 01:49 PM
George Aronson from Morristown, New Jersey

Why do so many modern roses have no scent?

Mar. 20 2009 01:48 PM
Enrique from Elizabeth, NJ

Can you explain Orchids please?

Mar. 20 2009 01:48 PM
John from Toronto

would you please discuss the beneficial combinations of certain flowers with certain vegetabels when planting a garden (eg. marigolds repelling aphids from tomatoe plants) and those mechanisms?

thank you

Mar. 20 2009 01:41 PM
William Turnbull from Upper West Side

What kind of flowers can I plant that people won't steal out of the ground? I planted daffodils last autumn, they were starting to come up nicely and when I returned home yesterday someone had pulled them out of the ground.

Any plant reccomendations?

Mar. 20 2009 01:37 PM
Larry from Nyack

What happens if I pollinate a flowering houseplant with its own pollen?

Mar. 20 2009 01:32 PM

What causes their smell? Is it an esther?

Also how have flower populations been affected due to the lack of bees?

And if flowers died out, how would that impact other life on the planet?

Mar. 20 2009 12:08 PM

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