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Updates from Gasmland*

Just a few updates on the local flora.

Alocasia Leaf

Back in January in From Thailand with Love I confessed to buying a very expensive Alocasia macrorrhizos ‘Variegata’ rhizome from Thailand. I planted it and waited. The more time that went by, the more I worried I’d made a terrible mistake. But this week, the first signs of life appeared – the tiniest, cutest elephant ear leaf you’ve ever seen popped up. Huzzah!

Amaryllis chico

Also back in January, I wrote Let Your Amaryllis Seed and attempted to fertilize my big red Amaryllis. It didn’t work. But I tried again with The Magnificent and Surprising Amaryllis Chico and it looks like it took! Stay tuned.

Philodendron Jose

Finally, all the way back in December, I wrote about Buying Plants on eBay. One of the plants I got after that, a variegated Philodendron Jose Buono, arrived safe and sound but sat in its pot without moving for months. Just as I was started to suspect it was actually made of plastic, it sent out a new leaf. It opened this week and it’s a beauty, far longer and more variegated than any of the ones that came before. Success!

* I sincerely apologize for coining the word “gasmland” which is not any better than the previously used “gasmsphere” and promise never to use it again. Probably.

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3 Responses

It’s always nice to find out your plants aren’t made of plastic!

Posted by Zach on 7 March 2011 @ 12pm

Congrats on the Alocasia macrorrhizos. I’m keeping an eye on my Fredlette. No action yet ..but I bet he’s going to start sprouting soon. Have you heard any news on his siblings?

Posted by Kevin-John on 7 March 2011 @ 12pm

I had something similar happened–during the winter I ordered a hosta cutting, and when it arrived it was completely dormant. So basically it was a little brown nub of nothing. Thankfully about 2 weeks later it had a leaf and I felt much better. :)

Posted by melissa on 7 March 2011 @ 1pm


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