I took this picture of my sago plant on Monday. As many times a week I walk to the mailbox, you would think I might have noticed this growth but it seems to have popped up overnight. I walked by it Saturday and saw nothing yet Monday these new fronds in the center were there. I think they resemble a pineapple.
It was just a few weeks ago I was complaining about the fronds turning yellow even though I had fertilized it and watered with Epsom salts which I read would help with the yellowing. I should have just waited a few days more knowing full-well this plant is a slow grower. It even took its time to think about doing anything with the fertilizer I gave it but at least it isn't yellow anymore.
Here’s one of the pups from that plant. The new fronds are also thriving – notice the darker green in the center.
I noticed this coleus awhile back and it is growing taller right next to an elephant ear. I still can’t figure out where it came from since it’s not the same color as my other coleus. I’ll just call it a nice surprise.
Here’s another shoot that rooted by the trunk of the ponytail palm tree. I’ll just let it grow to see how big it gets. The coleus I planted is on the right.
Inside the house, or more correctly, on the patio we have a planter that was put in by the builder’s over 30 years ago. They planted a Madagascar dragon tree in it and I’ve been picking up fronds ever since. There’s no killing this tree with cruelty so even though I rarely fertilize it, it keeps on growing, thinly though. We break off stems and put them in planters by the pool and it grows. It’s a feisty little plant.
And it can get big. Here’s one from a branch we stuck in the front yard. It’s time for it to go though because I’m tired of raking up fronds. The trunk is very soft so it will be easy to saw down and replace with a nice palm tree.
Here’s another close to the pool.
I’ve liked this plant long enough though and although I’ve been afraid to put anything else in the patio planter because I don’t want roots growing into the house, I will do something else with it later on.
I pruned everything over the weekend and will think about what to do next - something in brass containers maybe. Two shoots were coming up from the bottom so I left them to grow and almost cut down the fat trunk in the middle before I realized I would need it to support the thinner one that I decided not to cut away. This area definitely needs some nutrients and some new plants!
I picked up this basil plant at Publix last weekend and so it’s time to make some one-pan spaghetti and Shrimp with tomatoes and basil this weekend. I love fresh basil!