Updates from Gasmville*
A few updates from Plantgasm Gardens.
- Last month, I wrote about the fantastic Pinellia tripartita, aka The Green Dragon. Turns out, in addition to being easy to grow, crazy bloomeriffic, and totally exotic looking, it’s also a self-fertilizer. The first bloom is already seeding. (See photo at right.) No wonder these guys are invasive in some places. (And in case you’re keeping score, yes, this is the fourth post in a row having something to do with plant sex. What can I say? Spring is in the air.)
- No photo for this one, but, remember back in March when I wondered what you’d get if you tried planting the toppings from an everything bagel? Now I know: mold. Lots of nasty mold. I have two theories to explain this: 1, the toppings included roasted garlic which was obviously just going to rot, and 2, the toppings also included salt which could have made the soil inhospitable to seed growth. So I’ve reinitiated the experiment. This time I carefully removed the salt and garlic and just planted the seeds. So far, no seedlings, but also no mold.
- In February, I told the story of my Dracaena fragrans, and now almost all of the cuttings have growth spikes. The ones in water spiked first, but they’re growing roots now, too. The one pictured here is about three inches long and growing faster every day. There’s even a couple more spikes forming. When they’re a little bigger, I’m going to transplant them into soil. The ones that went right into soil were slower to spike, presumably because they were busy growing roots. Either way, soon we’re going to be swimming in Dracaena. (Mental note: Swimming in Dracaena would make a great band name.)
- Yes, I went to Thailand. And yes, I still haven’t written about it. I will. Soon.