Ted's Greenhouse will banish the blues of a grey November day

When I found out Ted's Greenhouse in Tinley Park, IL had the rare Echeveria 'Raindrops', I headed out for a visit. Ted's never fails to amaze me, in large part because of Ted, an octogenarian who really knows his stuff. Where else can you learn about the science of tissue culture in less than five minutes? Anyway, Ted took us around on a private tour through the greenhouses, where I got to taste a fig for the first time, saw the rare Aloe polyphylla (shown briefly at the end of the video), and an awesome variegated ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata), that I'll share in another post.

Of course, I came away with the Echeveria 'Raindrops'. An interesting site where you can learn more about Echeveria is Echeverias in Oz. Although it is based in Australia, there is information about all of the Dick Wright hybrids, including 'Raindrops'.

This hybrid starts out like any other blue-hued Echeveria, but as it matures, the little "raindrop" bumps form. I found a specimen with several plantlets, which I'll separate and pot up in the spring.
Ted's is in Tinley Park, IL and is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. They are closed on Sundays through March.

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