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.




IMG_0406 New leaf growing from the cut of our young frangipani.  Buds forming below the node of the cut.
IMG_0405 Transplanted cutting doing well and budding.

When we bought a young plumeria plant from the nursery, it had 3 branches which soon grew monstrously long and disproportinate. Like a alien from sci-fi with 3 extra long arms. L cut off one of its branches, an experiment with pruning. He left the cut branch in the bathroom (no extra care) to allow sap to dry up. We were surprised that the cut branch continued to grow and sprout a spray of buds without water or nourishment.  Every day I threatened to report him to NParks for abusing the cutting. Surely if the SPCA is the place to call to complain about animal abusers. Who’re u gonna call for plant-abusers?  Plant-busters?  After one week (including his escape to Barcelona),  it was planted in burnt soil. Unbelievably easy.  The $35 we pay for the young frangipani now seems expensive in hindsight since this is a low-maintenance plant.  I’m pleased to spy it every day and watch the bud grow taller.  Holding my breath now for my 3-color marcotted plumeria to flower.