Plants and pots


Growing stuff / Monday, August 20th, 2012

Confession: I am a shameless beggar.

If you want to get some good houseplants started, just ask your local friends for cuttings. That’s what I did, about three weeks ago. I got a great mixture (wandering jew, ivy, a couple kinds of philodendron, and an unidentified) and have been rooting them in water.

Last week I potted them, into a mixture of gifts and secondhand treasures—an old flour sifter and kettle, among other things.

I love the purple leaves against the green and yellow pot.

I can’t wait to see how they do!

There’s one plant I have had no luck in tracking down. When I was a preteen, a lady in my community grew “snake trees.” They could be planted indoors or outdoors, spread fast, and grew like crazy—six inches in a few days, I think, and up to a couple of feet tall. This is not the same as “snake plants” (a. k. a. “mother-in-law’s tongue”), which are hard-leaved, striped, pointy, and virtually indestructible. Snake trees as I remember them had a stem and soft, large leaves.

Does anyone know what I’m talking about?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

5 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
9 years ago

I don’t know too much about plants, except I can grow a mean geranium – ha ha. I love your mixture and I love all the different containers – SO cute!

Peg
9 years ago

I have wandering jew… it grows fast. Soon you’ll have a plant big enough for cuttings for all YOUR friends! Although the red variety you have there isn’t quite as aggressive as the all-green kind; I’ve had both.
Never heard of the snake plant! But six inches in a few days sounds fascinating.

Anna
9 years ago

Wow, I love your eclectic collection of pots and planters. If you find a snake tree, I want a cutting! It sounds like fun to this shameless beggar as well.

One more thing…your post from yesterday provided great fodder for lunchtime conversation today! Keep writing…your audience loves you!

9 years ago

Will you PLEASE introduce me to your friends? 😉

Anne Eby
9 years ago

I just found your blog from someones link. I wonder if you are talking about what I call voodoo lily when you say snake plant. It has a funny thick stem, pinkish and brown spotted and big leaves, kind of frilly and sort of umbrella like. It is a tropical and has a big bulb. I have had them grow to at least 4 feet. I get lots of questions when people see them.