In the Bloomify lab, we are working on a secret project. The results were so cool and fortuitous that I just had to share. The secret is now out in the open!
Aside from our maintenance free plant terrariums, we are working on liquid solution to prolong the life of a cut flower bouquets, more specifically cut roses. Typically, the cut rose stems you buy in stores can last a few days if you add the included flower preservative until they wither and die. Such fleeting beauty! Our mission was extend the life of cut roses from days to a few weeks, to give people more time to enjoy the blossoms.
Currently our experimental liquid solution can prolong the life of cut roses to 2-3 weeks...and apparently does a little more than that. Our solution can resurrect a single cut rose stem (that is supposed to die) to new growth and rose blooms!
In the first picture, you 2 cut rose stems that had been sitting in our solution for 3 weeks. The original rose blooms were already withered and dried out. However, you can see a ton of new green growth that sprouted from the original rose stems. This new growth resulted in new blooms. In the second picture, you can see a new flower bud waiting to bloom to the right of the original stem.
Ultimately our hope is to give flower lovers a superior bouquet then what is currently available. Stay tuned!
dcxl x DCXL in tissue culture
schuppenstiel^2 in tissue culture
Out of the 7 Venus Fly Trap cultivars seeds we introduced to tissue culture, 2 varieties are growing very well and exhibiting the special parental traits: DCXL and Schuppenstiel.
DCXL is very high in demand due to surpassing the B52 in claw size. The picture above shows DCXL growing in tissue culture for 3 months from seed. The DCXL plant has grow extremely vigorously, with large rhizome and very large claws. In comparison to the B52 flytrap we currently stock, DCXL grows both faster and large with much bigger claws in tissue culture.
Schuppenstiel is well known for its interesting bold crested leaf structure, leading the leaves to look like wrinkled skin. It's an extremely unique cultivar and fascinating to look at. In tissue culture, our Schuppenstiel plant is slower to develop claw size due to inputting initial energy into developing that unique crested leaf structure.
We hope to start selling these unique cultivars as maintenance free terrariums within the the next 2-3 months, so be on the lookout as we will announce it on our Facebook page!
All of the plant terrariums we sell are maintenance free because they are rooted in a nutrient rich gel and enclosed in a self-sustaining environment completely devoid of bacteria or fungi. However the journey to get to this point is a somewhat time consuming and tedious one! This post shares an introduction of how we get the Venus Flytraps started in sterile tissue tissue.
We bought seeds from several unique cultivars in hopes that the seedlings demonstrate similar traits to the parents. The mother plants were 1. ) Green Dragon, an all red fly trap with a green margin on the claws, 2.) Microdent, a fly trap with very small teeth on the claws, 3.) DCXL, a fly trap that is currently recognized as a cultivar with the largest claws, 4.) Scarlet Bristle, a fly trap that is scarlet in color with saw like teeth, 5.) Schuppenstiel, a fly trap with a wrinkly skin like leaves, and 6.) Maroon Monster, recognized as the most vigorous growing red fly trap.
Touched upon in our very first blog post, traditional plant tissue culture requires a completely closed off environment free of microbial presence. You may have noticed that every single one of our plant terrariums, including the Venus Flytraps, Celosia Flowers, and one miniature Oncidium orchid are all in a closed self sustaining environment, as traditional plant tissue culture calls for.
From the inception of my idea in 2014 to 2016, all of our plants were produced in my home. During this time, as a bootstrapping entrepreneur, I used personal savings to fund a small plant growth room and a mini lab. At the start of 2017, we were fortunate to have won a grant from the NC IDEA foundation, that enabled us to finally have funding to move into a factory space in Morrisville. This gave us the space and resources to meet our growing demand and explore more plant varieties to offer you.
At the start of my venture, I had just left my job as a head scientist in a plant biotech startup with one goal in mind: To make the notorious fragile orchid easy to care for even those with brown thumbs. The one solution staring me in the face was tissue culture, an application not yet applied to the consumer retail space. Plant tissue culture is a technique that is widely used in plant research to grow and propagate all types of plants. The plants are rooted in a gel medium which contains all the necessary nutrients to grow. Depending on species requirements, the gel will contain different non-toxic nutrients, chemicals, hormones.