Monday, February 27, 2012

Mild Winter

You know you're having a mild winter when you can pull off some damaged leaves from a Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) in November, cast them into your garden to decompose and then, come late February, discover that one leaf has managed to sprout and grow almost six inches.

Didn't even know that Snake Plant would sprout like this.  That's the original castaway portion laying along the ground in the back right of the picture.  I may have to see what I can produce next fall by trying this is some pots and keeping them out of the cold (though that hasn't been a problem this year!)

Planted in Ground:

  • Wall Iris (Iris tectorum): Have been hanging on to two of them in nursery pots since last spring; finally decided to drop them down between the twin waterfalls.
  • Little White Soldiers (Drimiopsis maculata): Finally planted this pass-along from Philip (East Side Patch) that I received way back before winter - this plant was on my Gotta Get List, so hoping it does well.


  1. Be careful! This is how I ended up with about a dozen MiL's tongues when I was a young teenager. They are very easy to propagate this way.

  2. That's so crazy - I'll have to either be more careful, or less careful (I haven't decided) with my plants.

  3. Yes they are very easy to propagate this way...we did the same thing in our propagation class during the Master Gardener training. It was a surprise for me too. Will you dig it up and transplant or leave there to see what happens?

  4. Wow, you learn something new everyday. I had no idea they could do this. I always thought they needed a rooted stolon. Great that you posted this.
    Happy Spring!

  5. OMG...that's too funny...a mild winter indeed!

  6. Cool! Or should I say, Warm! I planted my first snake plant in January in a pot near my front door. Mine is a gray/green color. It's rescue from a place that maintains plants in office buildings. Had it been a more severe winter, at what temperature do you cover yours?

  7. Cat: Not sure; right now leaning towards seeing how this develops.
    Abbey: I actually bring mine inside the house once there is a chance of freezing temps - but we've had a few mild freezes (maybe down to 30) and this one obviously handled that well.

  8. This is going to be a year of many surprises, I can see. Pot it up and bring it to GoGo!

  9. I found your blog via Lancashire Rose. Amazing to see a sansevieria grow this way! I knew you could cut them into sections, but I imagined they would need a lot of fussing over. They cost a fortune here in the UK, where most people grow them as houseplants.
    I thought you might like to see this