Plant “children”

I don’t have children, I have plants. Seventeen house plants as of this writing. I didn’t know that; I went around and counted for the purpose of this post. A plant that does especially well with me in the conditions I can offer it is the Dracaena or “corn plant”. My Dracaena has appeared in the blog before, when it flowered.

In that previous post I wrote how I long ago bought a $4 Dracaena plant that’s been the source of several others. When the plant grows to the ceiling I have little choice but to lop off a section and root it in another pot. So um, now I have four of ’em!

The two tallest are direct “children” from the original plant (which is gone). This one below keeps hitting the ceiling. I have twice lopped off the top (which made me very nervous but it’s worked out). It’ll have to grow another 10-12″  before it reaches the ceiling again. And when I say grow I mean that after the top is cut off, the plant puts out a new shoot from the top. To be kindly, I re-potted it in a bigger pot about two years ago after which a bunch of its lower leaves died.😐 Some gratitude!

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This other tall one has yet to reach the ceiling. I will be reluctant to ever give it a bigger pot considering how the other one reacted. It’s doing great.

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This one, the first cutting I took from the tallest plant, is, I suppose, a “grandchild” of the original plant. It’s on top of the freezer. ( I never include the freezer in photos I put up cuz it isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing, but it’s fabulous to have; I understand freezers are selling out these days.)

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Here’s the most recent cutting, the baby. I found the black Ikea stool tossed out not long ago and was glad to have it for a plant stand – I’m not sure if that’s what it’s sold as or to sit on.

IMG_20200407_130914I love these plants and want to keep them but I’m not sure where everybody is going to fit eventually! Especially as they all get big. This place is going to look like a Dracaena store.

13 thoughts on “Plant “children”

    1. Colette Post author

      Thank you. I feel like plants add a lot. I think snake plants are supposed to be pretty low care also. If your ivy ever needs a friend. The Dracaenas are low care except for SPACE.

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  1. Sheila Moss

    Your plants are beautiful. Do dracaenas need much light? My house is too dark for plants except by windows. I have a huge rubber tree plant that hogs the entire front window. If I move it, it pouts and drops leaves. It spreads out instead of up, a very annoying trait.

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    1. Colette Post author

      Shelia, my house is dark too. I use regular lamps for plants so that’s why there’s 4 plants clustered around one table lamp. (I’ve heard over the years that regular lamps don’t provide the “right kind” of light but around here plants take what I give ’em). You need to give that rubber tree a good talking-to about its obligations & responsibilities as a member of the household! Dracaenas don’t need a lot of light and can still get huge as you see. I googled & it said something about bright, indirect light. Thanks for your compliment too – I will tell them, seriously!

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  2. Ally Bean

    Your plants are beautiful. You have a green thumb, I’d say. We have 9 [just counted them in my head] plants, but they’re ivies and pathos and philodendrons. Nothing as dramatic as your kids.

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    1. Colette Post author

      Thanks Ally.😊 I have two small golden pathos. For awhile I had one in a Dracaena pot but I don’t think it got enough light. I guess they are dramatic especially when they hit the ceiling but if you ever wanted to try one, they aren’t fussy plants.

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    1. Colette Post author

      Thank you Becky! So far as finding new homes, I’m not ready to part with them!😁 The colored leaf one is a Croton. It’s great too – I am so happy to see any color in winter.

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