Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bromeliad House Plant

Guzmania Bromeliad
The Guzmania variety of the Bromeliad house plant is available commercially with several bloom shapes and colors. To me, this Guzmania pictured above looks like the 'Strawberry' color -- or could be a 'Fire' red.

Kent's Bromeliad Nursery
(Excerpt - a media release) "... The nation's largest Bromeliad Grower just got bigger. Kent's Bromeliad Nursery recently completed an acquisition of new greenhouse space. With the acquisition of more greenhouses, it now boasts more than 1,000,000 square feet of production area in Vista and San Marcos, CA.

The new facilities allow Kent's to keep up with the growth and expansion the nursery continues to experience. 'Sales of Bromeliads continue to increase,' said Michael Kent, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. 'These new facilities allow us to grow more product and better meet the increasing demands of the marketplace.'

Bromeliads are tropical plants indigenous to the rain forests of South America and used primarily indoors where they thrive thanks to genetic engineering performed by growers like Kent's. Requiring little or no attention to maintain their beautiful appearance, Bromeliads are available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. They are popular due to their easy care and long-lasting blooms, which may provide color for 16 weeks or more.

Another reason for their popularity is that they help freshen the air. A study by NASA's Environmental Research Laboratory identified that indoor house plants, in general, filter health-threatening gases from the air and that Bromeliads and Orchids are some of the best 'Clean Air' plants available [emphasis added].

Kent's Bromeliad Nursery was founded in 1976. It is under the ownership and management of brothers Jeffery, Larry and Michael Kent. The Kent wholesale nursery is the largest Bromeliad grower in the United States, supplying plants to mass markets and interior plantscapers throughout the country. Kent's grows more than 100 varieties, meeting the increasing demand for indoor floral decorating for every season or event. Kent's uses the most advanced growing techniques, growing seedlings in an ideal environment under highly controlled conditions. The ideal climates, combined with the long-lasting potting mix and filtered water, yield strong, healthy plants ideal for indoor planting."
Fractal Geometry
(Excerpt) "A fractal is a complex shape which, when viewed in finer and finer detail, shows itself to be constructed of ever smaller parts, similar to the original."
The Bromeliad house plant may or may not be an example of Fractal Geometry with it's apparent properties of self-similarity. Another familiar possible example may be Romanesque Broccoli. We can look all around for "Naturally Occurring Fractals". There may be much visual evidence of this mathematical pattern in nature. But then there's this to consider:

(Excerpt) "... in a review of the application of the mathematics of fractals to the geometry of natural systems ... the application of the term 'fractal' by scientists to such systems is often unjustified ... in most cases the order of magnitude spanning required for mathematical fractality was not achieved, and that the use of the term 'fractal' in these contexts has at most a heuristic value. The authors suggest there is at present no experimental evidence that the geometry of nature is fractal [emphasis added]."
Source: ScienceWeek
Question for Blog Readers:
Would you consider using either "organic rice" food products or "organic dry-cleaning" laundry services?

Note: This blog post was totally inspired by our son, Kyle. And it was written to at least partially acknowledge the diverse potential of his Industrial Engineering Bachelor of Science degree.

LIFT (acronym: Link I Found Today)
Simply the last segment to read at the end of this post and may or may not be in any way appropriate or relevant to anything ...
Fibonacci Sequence
(Excerpt) "The Fibonacci numbers are the sequence of numbers defined by ... linear recurrence equation. [Examples of] ... Fibonacci numbers ... are 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, ..."

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