The way nature renews itself, never stops amazing it. As an amateur gardener, propagating plants, seeing new growth has kept me dirty, digging, repotting and cutting. IMG_0320 

When one costus woodsonii (also known as red button ginger or scarlet spiral flag) head became brown, I cut it off.  Two offshoots growing from a costus woodsonii cut (see roots forming from circle).  Cut below the circle, and pot in garden soil.   IMG_0396

The same off-shoots do grow even if you didnt dead-head the stem.  Chances of survival higher than if you try to root a cutting (without the off-shoots into the potting soil).   I’ve enough off-shoots to start another pot.

Like the costus, the red ginger plant also has a special way of renewal through its flower head. IMG_0395 In the wild, the flowering head will start to fall from the weight of its head, until it touches the ground, allowing the off-shoots at the head to form another plant. Here, because its in a pot, I’ve tied the stem to a rod. I’m amazed, the plant kingdom is always reproducing itself. Do we as humans propagate ourselves too when we share our views and develop the next generation, not just through the birth cycle but mentorship. An idea for today.



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