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Plantgasm - I love plants too much. By Derek Powazek.

Explosion in a Perfume Factory

No, this is not a Christmas decoration, but it is pretty festive. Can you guess what it is?


Step back and you can see the golfball-sized clusters of flowers. Got it yet?


Okay, here’s the big reveal. It’s the original Fred!


Longtime readers my know the story of my Dracaena fragrans, but the short version is, this guy’s a fighter. I’ve had him for twenty years. This is his third bloom. And this one is really driving home the “fragrans” in Dracaena fragrans. Dude smells like an explosion in a perfume factory, especially at night.

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6 Responses

Nice! I had never seen one bloom before, and we had one at work last week that was in bloom. It’s intense! I kept looking around the little room to see what perfume overloader was in there with me, and finally realized it was the bloom. Great pix.

Posted by boZannical Zann on 14 December 2012 @ 7am

I suppose in California you are growing it outside. I never knew they flowered. Where I live they are houseplants. The smell sounds awesome!

Posted by Melanie on 16 December 2012 @ 9am

Melanie: Nope! Inside. In an East window.

Posted by Derek on 17 December 2012 @ 11am

I have seen them bloom inside as well as outside. I live in South Florida. Nice post and photos. You can see my Dracaena on my youtube garden channel.

Posted by Robert Bornstein on 20 December 2012 @ 5am

Nice pictures and great story.
I’m a big fan of your blog. You should write more often.

Posted by Sarit on 21 December 2012 @ 10pm

Hey thanks Sarit! I’ll try.

Posted by Derek on 22 December 2012 @ 4am


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