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

Category: Plant Stories

Keep any plant long enough and your stories start to stick to them.

Anus Starfish Bloom

A couple weeks ago while I was watering, I noticed it had a new growth that looked like a flower bud. Over the next few days it just kept getting bigger. And then yesterday, pop!

A Repotting Lesson from a Philodendron Cutting

Some plants really need space below in order to thrive up top.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Rhaphidophora

This is the story of my Rhaphidophora cryptantha, but it’s also about the International Aroid Society and how awesome plant people are.

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Devil’s Hand is my new favorite tree. There’s one blooming in the SF Botanical Garden right now.

A Teachable Moment

Explaining carnivorous plants to Tom, who is four.

A Hole in My Park

At some point in the last day or two, the clump of lilies disappeared, leaving only this hole in its place.

Forgotten Amaryllis Bloom

I found it at the bottom of a bag of garden stuff a few months ago, and decided to give it one last try.

The Story of My Dracaena fragrans

It wasn’t much more than a stick with some roots, still circling an invisible pot.

Never Say Die

A gagging sniff was all it took to confirm she was right: one or more of the bulbs was rotting.

The Story of My Monstera Deliciosa

I have a terrible admission to make: The Monstera I’ve been taking care of for over 15 years isn’t really mine.


Plantgasm is where Derek Powazek chronicles his botanical antics and misadventures. More.