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Growing Fresh Air

I watch TED talks frequently. Where else can you find Elizabeth Gilbert on genius, Clifford Stoll on everything, and James Kunstler on suburbia? The chance for richness in this randomness is awesome. Tony Dowler who put me onto the site a few years ago, and have been enthusiastically recommending it to everyone ever since.

I came across this talk about growing air a few months ago, and was determined to collect the plants that were mentioned.

  • Areca Palm
  • Mother in Laws Tongue
  • Money Plant

Each have got to be about two times as big as you, leaves cleaned by hand every day, and grown hydroponically, but apart from that it seems doable… 🙂 I am hoping I’ll still get some clean air out of them even though they are more compact and the roots are in dirt.

The palm and the tongue plants were easy to get hold of at a garden centre, but the money plant was a little scarcer. I put out a call for cuttings on Cambridge Freecycle and got a Jade plant – commonly called a money tree here in the UK – which is lovely but not quite what I was looking for.

It turns out that there are many plants called ‘Money Plant’. It’s possibly the most overused and misleading name ever.

Crassula ovata - Money Tree or Jade Plant
I got this
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It should have been this
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But what is this?
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And this??