I have a Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii' which I grew from a leaf cutting at
college -- 1975ish, I think. (We were learning about plant propagation at
the time). It's only been divided once since then,when it almost died of
root-rot once after being over watered. I've also got a Hoya carnosa, same
vintage, from an unauthorized cutting I took...
I have a truly ugly Ficus benghalensis (banyan) that I grew from a Thompson
& Morgan packet of 'mixed ficus seed' in the late 70s. The seeds were
small, and only one ever sprouted. After 25 or so years, it's straggly and
propped up with a plastic-coated metal stake, but despite its ugliness, it still
remains. I grew it from seed! (You would never think from its size that if it
were a person, it could legally buy alcohol.) I suppose, in an outdoor setting
in a suitable climate, it would be an impressive specimen by now rather than
a plant I have to make excuses for keeping.
Pat in Plymouth MI
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
My husband came back to the states on leave during the Viet nam war in
1965, and driving through Arizona, obtained a small cactus plant that he
took to his aunt in Ohio. She still has the original plant, which is over 7
feet tall, and just last month she sent my husband 4 'babies' from it.
I was lucky to have a couple of showers that were really wonderful. Our
other favorite was a wine shower! One reason I loved both was that the
gifts were not expensive, required very little thought, but were in fact
Hi Dru. I have a philodendron that was my grandmother's....she passed on 11
years ago.........I also have quite a few of her ceramic pots that house newer
My Christmas cactus is 9 years old; I bought it during our first holiday season
in our house.
I love looking at photos over the years that my plants have unwittingly "posed"
for & seeing their growth.
"Come into my garden, my flowers want to meet you!"
I have several
A shefflera that was given to someone as a birthday gift at the office and
was left behind and I adopted it and repotted it. "Gomer" has been with
me since 1979.
I have an ivy that I got from my 90 year old aunt. She'd had it for 20
years and her mother had had it for at least 40 years before that.
I also have an African Violet that was my late husband's mothers. Plant is
about 50 years old (may have been re-rooted from leaf cuttings along the
I also have the iris rhizomes that grew next to my house when I was al
little girl, about 40 years ago.
Dru Sefton wrote:
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