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 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?