Garden Action

The premier gardening information source

Eden Project Humid Tropics Biome page 3

Eden Project Humid Tropics Biome
page 3

Many of the plants grown in the Humid Tropics biome at the Eden project can be grown in the West. Many palms will be quite happy in a heated house as a potted plant. They need a reasonably constant temperature, low light levels and dislike draughts.

You could even have a go at growing ginger. Buy a stem from a shop, chop off 5cm and plant it near the soil surface.

Below are a few more pictures from the Humid Tropics biome at the Eden Project. I hope they give you a taste of what can be seen 100 times better in real life at the Eden project

Torch ginger is native to Indonesia. It is now cultivated in many tropical areas for both it's stunning flower head and as a source of food. The stems are chopped and added to curries and soups with rice noodles.

Over 70 species of this plant now exist spread out from India to the Pacific Islands.

Torch ginger or wax flower

Sugar plant On the left is a picture of sugar cane. We use it every day but how many of us know the difference between sugar cane and sugar beet? Sugar beet is restricted to temperate climates, sugar cane can grow in warm temperate to tropical climates. After sugar is extracted from sugar cane , the remainder is used to produce heat and electricity.

Turmeric is used in more foods and drinks than you may imagine. The dried roots are ground and used as a natural colouring and flavouring. It's used in canned drinks, nearly all curry powders, ice cream, yoghurts, popcorn, cereals, the list is almost endless.

Click the picture on the right to see what it looks like.

Picture of turmeric

Waterfall view down in the Humid Tropic biome One of the most amazing features of the Humid Tropics biome at Eden project is the waterfall. All the water is collected on site and it is reused.

You have to see it to appreciate it, set in a true tropical setting.

Waterfall view up