The Jungle Within

Within my office, that is.

The last time I showed a full-on shot of all of my office plants together with the lamp with grow-light bulbs was in November 2009. That's quite a long time, eh? The Epiprenmum aureum, also known as Brendan in my office, had just started its trek up the wall; the Gardenia hadn't died yet (I know, right? Sometimes, one needs to learn one's lesson the hard way.); and the cute pumpkin was uneaten. The only thing that hasn't changed, really, is that the pumpkin is still uneaten, by me, at least. I tossed it in January 2010 or so when it started getting icky. I kept forgetting to take it home to cook it.

When I look at this new photo, I'm amazed at how large my Sansevieria got in the past year or so. Because I see it almost every day, I keep thinking "That little Sansi, she isn't doing anything. What's wrong, honey dear?" But looking at an old photo, she clearly has more and taller leaves than she did when I first got her as cuttings rooted in a vase of water.

I also have some Ledebouria socialis doing alright, and one of them is thriving. It must be a difference in the soil--for some reason, some pots are pretty much straight-up leaf-mold compost, and others actually have some potting soil in them. It has been an issue for almost two years, but I haven't brought in a bucket and some potting soil to correct the issue for various reasons. One of them is that I don't have fungus gnats (anymore) nor any other insect pest in my office, and I'd like to keep it that way, so I'm avoiding bringing new plants in from home without an extensive quarantine period. And, well, my assumption with the potting soil thing is that fungus gnats are already in there before you buy the bag. So I'd just rather avoid the whole deal and make my plants suffer. Nothing I really care about will be affected by not being treated nicely, so it's all good for me.

In the foreground, you may notice an E. aureum in a purple pot with a bow--it has been in that pot for almost five years. It's the plant that I took the one-leaf cutting (Brendan) from three years ago, my coworker's (who left the office a few months ago, so I inherited her plant). Clearly, this needs new soil or something--Brendan is doing much better, with awesome variegation, huge leaves, and a sexy-long vine that's probably six or more feet long. Yeah. I attach him to the board with push-pins and tape. What of it?

I just added a new plant to the group--a cutting from another coworker's plant. For the longest time, I thought it was a standard nonvariegated Chlorophytum comosum and didn't really give it much of a glance. But the other day, I was staring at it while talking to my coworker and noticed that the leaves were more pointy, thick, and rigid than I'd expect from C. comosum. Maybe it's a different species of Chlorophytum, or maybe it's a species of Sansevieria? Or a related plant? I'll take any likely identifications if you have 'em!



Here's the plant in question in my coworker's office. It produces pups by running an underground stem about an inch or two away from the mother plant and sending up leaves. My coworker has a window. I'm insanely jealous, but then, she's been there for decades, so I can't complain much.


This is the cutting I took, replacing my Sempervivum that couldn't withstand my love (read: overwatering). I cut it off the underground stem, and the offset had a few roots, so I figured it could go directly into the soil. The leaves have a slight variation in colouring horizontally--almost as if it could be fully striped if it wanted to be.

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One Response to The Jungle Within

  1. No confidence in the guess, but it looks like a Sansevieria of some kind to me. Which species, I have no idea.

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