As we revisit this Overview in March 2010, we are now looking back at our twelfth year as serious Victoria growers, seed producers and data collectors. It is just as much of an adventure as it was when we began. There is always something new to learn about Victoria, always a way to improve culture, always the allure of the fantastic pineapple fragrance. Maybe the thorns create a blood bond between Victoria and her caretakers.
This section of the web site reviews each year of our adventure, with details not found in other sections of the site -- things like plant and flower numbers, successes and failures, big and small things we've learned. It also discusses thing we want to do, things we want to know, things we speculate about. It is sequential, often with questions raised one year answered the next. We don't go back and rewrite.
It is really funny to look back at where we started, the thinking at the time and how much has changed. Even now, we sometimes lapse into Victoria conventions -- like the idea that there is a season. Granted the adult plants grow and bloom best in the warm months but we've never been without babies coming along. Just about the time the data collection and record keeping on the adult plants slow down, the baby records demand more.
Join us in the journey through all the misinformation and misconceptions that surrounded Victoria and in the learning process that has brought Victoria from a very rare and difficult plant to one that anyone can grow and enjoy in their own back yard pond.