Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sneaky Snake

While much of the rest of the country has already been blanketed with snow or at least hitting the colder temps, the cold weather is now arriving in San Francisco. While even in winter here we can do some colder-climate gardening, the drop in degrees has got my mind turning towards my houseplants. Winter always does that to me. While taking stock and tending to my indoor babies, I discovered a snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) I had propagated by a cutting had given off a new little plant-shoot.

And boy did everyone hear about it! All I did was cut two stalks from a friend's plant. I DID ask permission! And besides, the plant was overcrowded in its pot anyway! Hmph! I put them in water, where after a couple of weeks they had begun growing roots. I planted them in this pot and VOILA'!, a few months later it's already self-propagating.
It's the little things like this that bring me joy. To find that even while many things are off to hibernate for the winter, this little guy deciding he wants to grow on is a reminder that there is always something to appreciate. You don't even have to search for it. You just have to be open enough to let it find you.
And you better believe that little plant is gonna get some extra worm castings tea!


  1. I thought this post might be about the song:)

  2. Uff! For a mo I thought someone else in this wide, wide world had snakes in their garden too. I much prefer the sneaky snake in your garden, Ronnie.
    Around here we call them 'mother-in-law's tongue'. Sneaky snake indeed!

  3. Your little plant shoot looks like a candy-cane! How Christmasy! Jan/ThanksFor2Day

  4. The white wide stripes on the baby shoot is so pretty.I am guessing it will green up as it matures.You taught me a new lesson on water rooting them. Thank you

  5. Cute plant baby! Love free plants, but haven't figure out cuttings yet. My freebies come from self-seeders in the garden. Hope your garden survives the cold, we're gonna get it really crazily up here in Seattle (possible lows in the teens, eek!)

  6. It DOES kinda look like a candy cane Jan. Thanks for pointing that out!

  7. Thanks Karen...yeah, we're supposed to get some unusually cold weather here in San Francisco. BRRR! I wrote a post on taking cuttings too if you want to escape the winter and make a fun project out of it.

  8. This is a delightful post.
    The plant will love that worm casting tea treat!