What Ever Happened To...

Often on The Indoor Garden(er), plants get mentioned and then disappear. Not every plant gets introduced (I'm running into that problem right now--I have acquired a few dozen plants in the past few months, bumping my count up a significant amount. Granted, I do lose plants here and there, but not as swiftly as I am acquiring them.), but many of them do, and then kind of fade into the background, never to be heard from again.

A lot of plants will remain that way, but here are a couple you might have been wondering what the hell happened to. If you weren't wondering, now you don't have to start!

First, my Pandanus veitchii, screw pine, has grown much faster than I realized! To me, it has always looked about the same, but viewing the last photo I took of it, back in March when it had been a resident for a little while already, it has changed a hell of a lot!

I first really noticed that it is starting to grow up when I saw that there was some actual spiraling action going on in its growth. Screw pine leaves grow in a spiral, kind of, well, like a screw. Mine doesn't have the serrated leaf edges that others do, however, and for that, I'm disappointed.

You can also see some stilt roots coming out from the lower nodes. I have removed only a few of the lower leaves in the almost-a-whole-year I've had this plant.

Now that I think about it, I recall layering general potting soil and sphagnum moss to pot this plant. I wonder why I would have done that? The plant seems totally fine with it; it's clearly growing well, and I haven't had many issues with wilting, yellowing, or browning of the leaf tips once the plant got established. It's a totally wicked houseplant, and yet, I've never seen one in a garden centre (that's not to say it isn't in any in the area, just that I have to avoid these places because otherwise I'll spend a lot of money. Also, there are not many within easy public transportation distance, which helps.).

My Bulbophyllum gracillimum that I got at the last Gesneriad Society show and sale is doing alright, I guess. I didn't really know what to expect with this plant, but it's sending out leaves (even a few that aren't visible in this photo), so what I'm doing is not not working, at least! I can't wait for it to flower, if it chooses to do so, however!

This is the Little Bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium) I planted from seed I purchased from Prairie Moon Nursery. I last mentioned it in July; it never got planted outside. It has been growing under fluorescent lights for more than seven months. Uh huh. That's right. This little plant is more than half a year old. If grown in optimum conditions outdoors, it would be about three feet tall instead of its current almost-eight-inches; the Little Bluestem we put in the guerrilla gardening installment on Vermont and T Streets is a bit over two feet tall right now; the location is not terribly optimum for it, but not bad, either. So, my little S. scoparium is chugging along, but I'm not certain whether it'll flower or get any larger than it is. It's a cute little grass, however!

The last mention of my seed-grown Yucca was back in July, too. It has a few leaves. It definitely isn't huge. I expected swifter growth, but I'll let it grow at its own pace. It's doing fine right now under the fluorescents.

Next to the Yucca and S. scoparium are the seedlings from my Hippeastrum "Red Lion" amaryllis. They are growing very strongly--and very close together! The leaves are thick and heavy. If the plants ever go dormant, I might dig up any bulbs that exist and separate them, but for now, I'm just going to leave them alone to keep growing nicely!

Back in February, a friend from the Arboretum gave me a nice pot full of Cryptanthus, Gasteria, and Saxifraga. I have managed to kill the Saxifraga and some of the Gasteria, but the Cryptanthus have taken something of a liking to me (or I like to think that they have)! I have more Cryptanthus than these pictured here (right: "Black Mystic;" middle and left: unknown), but these are the ones next to the Hippeastrum and S. scpoparium under lights. I sent a few to Mr. Subjunctive as part of a trade I've alluded to a few times; I have some growing on the windowsill with the surviving Gasteria; and I stuck a few in my new terrarium, as well.

And... I just got five new varieties. I'm superexcited about them. My horticulturalist friend said one of them is "Freakin awesome!" when I texted a picture of it to him. And it is totally freakin' awesome.

This Dracaena "Lemon Lime" hasn't been mentioned since I got it in March. It's doing pretty well, I'd say! It's on the left side of the windowsill, so it gets a little less light than some of the plants, but that's perfectly fine for it! The leaves are a little less yellowy in real life, too.

In the same post I mentioned the Dracaena "Lemon Lime," I mentioned the Dracaena marginata and the Dieffenbachia. They are a wonderful combination together, and both have filled in pretty nicely! Without moving a bunch of plants, this is the best photo I could do, so you get to see a few as-yet-unmentioned plants, some Aloe "Grassy Lassie," a bit of my Chlorophytum comosum (which, by the way, has devariegated itself again. Whatever.), and others.

Little Binnie (Philodendron bipinnatifidum) is taking over my computer table. I couldn't keep him with the other plants--he knocked them over and took up way too much precious space. So, his leaves mostly grow down, now, to catch more of the light from the window--except for one of the newest ones, which is probably on some ecstasy. All it seems to want to do is *touch* things, especially the ceiling. Friendly, sure, but a little misdirected. Although I mentioned trading a potted offshoot of P. bipinnatifidum to a fellow Washington Youth Garden volunteer for an extra hops plant she had, I haven't photographed the beast since March.

Gosh, that's cute! I keep thinking this is one of my favourite plants--but not because it's easy care, good-looking, or spreading, but because it's in such a cute little pot and looks almost like a mullet from the right angle!

I got this pot when I bought my Ornithogalum caudatum (which, by the way, is INSANE). Back in May, I started liking what this planting was going to start doing. Now, I get to see the full effect, and y'all, I like it. I really like it. Cute little pot (painted, but fading, so you don't know whether there was any real pattern to it to begin with); trailing, spreading succulent vines; and some Sempervivum making babies like hidden gems in the wilderness.

When I bought the Ornithogalum caudatum (which does get a lot of space on here), I also purchased this rex Begonia, which I immediately destroyed because of a slug. I have thought I had various successes in resuscitating the rhizome, but then I would get cocky and over- or underwater the damned thing, and all the leaves would die again. I have reached the stage where the one remaining rhizome has held onto leaves for a solid two months, so I'm tentatively calling it something of a success, although it looks nothing like the plant I originally bought.

And, uh, here's some ginger! This isn't the original that I had mentioned back in March, but it's probably a relative; I got the ginger rhizomes from the same Japanese grocer, which sources its vegetables and such from a local Asian-produce-focused farm. The ginger leaves have spots on them from water droplets--I don't know if it's chemicals in the water causing burn or reflected sunlight burning the leaves, but it's not visually appealing either way. I don't think the plants are growing as fully as they could be, either, had I given them more appropriate conditions. But the rhizomes keep sending up new shoots, so something's working right!

I'm not fully sure what this is. I noticed it in the tray under the worm bin over the weekend, so I potted it in with the ginger. It is clearly a bulb, yes--but of what?! It could be a couple of different things, some of which I'm not exactly sure of either. I'm hoping for Scilla siberica!

Yeah, this isn't anything that has been blogged about before. I'm trying to ensure that this isn't going to be in the next "What Ever Happened To...?" post by sticking it in here! This is the Gerbera that I mentioned I bought. It's pretty, but damn these things need almost daily watering! It's a wonder they last as a non-crazy-person's plant. I potted mine up just to keep from having to water it more than four times a week! But look at that flower--totally worth it!

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One Response to What Ever Happened To...

  1. Whatever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paperboy, evening TV?

    Could the bulb be a crocus?



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