Vinegar for weeds

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 18:53:59 PDT

Obtaining rare plants has little to do with money and everything to do with
intent and perseverance. As an example, there are tens of thousands of
species (and hybrids and cultivars) that do not appear as photos of live
plants in a google search. That could be one arbitrary definition of rare.
If one were to try to obtain any of those plants it might involve
considerable effort and time but that effort and time could be expedited
with money.

Whether any good is done in preserving or conserving any plant in
cultivation depends on how you look at it. From a human standpoint it is
desirable to grow plants for many reasons, including aesthetic ones. But
with very rare and mostly fleeting exceptions, having endangered or
threatened species in our care has little or no meaning in terms of *biological
conservation*-- we do not have adequate sampling of any population's gene
pool, nor pollinators, mycorrhizal associates, ecotones, etc. What we have
by way of rare species in our care, especially if they are of known wild
origin and propagated and distributed widely, is decidedly an *
anthropocentric* undertaking. Saving wild areas and the plants in them is
equally important, perhaps more important, but it is something very
different and far removed from horticulture.


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