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February 10, 2018

What Does A Supertree Grow?

Filed under: Gardens By The Bay: Supertrees,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When visiting the Supertrees in Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay, I was amazed at how they managed to grow such a wide variety of plants vertically up the side of the tree structures. These are some very carefully thought out pieces of engineering, not just to have the structures stand up but to also have them support functioning ecosystems. I wanted to know more so went onto their website where I found some seriously mind-blowing facts and figures:

“Environmentally Sustainable Functions
•11 Supertrees have canopies embedded with environmentally sustainable functions.
•Some will have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy for lighting up the Supertrees. Others are integrated with the Cooled Conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles.

Plants
•Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers have been planted on the 18 Supertrees.
•Examples of some of the species include the Tillandsia stricta from Brazil, Tillandsia fasciculate from Panama, Cattleya maxima from Ecuador, and Pseudorhipsalis from Costa Rica.
•The Supertrees have different planting schemes in various colours ranging from warm tones like reds, browns, orange and yellows, to cooler hues like silver and pink.
•The plants were chosen based on the following considerations:
Suitability for vertical planting, Lightweight and hardy, Soil-less, Ease of maintanence, Suitability for Singapore’s climate, Not commonly found in Singapore, High visual interest.

All of these requirements are a tall order, just the logistics of feeding and watering them must have been someone’s nightmare, and not for just a few plants, but for thousands! I can not seriously call myself a gardener, but I can appreciate the amount of effort it must take / and is being taken so that the public can enjoy something without even having to think about how it came to be there. I can also appreciate that if some toddler (or anyone at all) decided to start pulling leaves off a plant for closer inspection, or worse still, started to try and pull plants apart, then some poor gardener within the park might have to be seriously consoled.

Plants Covering The Supertrees: Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers are planted on the Supertrees.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Supertree Grove / Gardens By The Bay / Singapore

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