Wednesday, February 11, 2009


We are very excited to see that our Balsa tree in Tropical Encounters is blooming this spring. This is the first time that it has bloomed at the Conservatory. Balsa is a very fast growing tree that is growing in our light gap area. The light gap area in the rain forest is an area where trees have fallen that allows a good amount of light to enter an area of the forest. Because this is a fast growing plant we have to continually prune. Balsa easily becomes to big for our space. Now that we have had the balsa flower we are hoping that we will have our own seed source. If we have our own seed souce we can continually start new plants as we need them.