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Saturday, June 16, 2007

stolons



Spider plants come from South Africa. We have one as a houseplant.

Don got this one from the MSU gardens along with many plants he was given when he took his students last year. It was the size of this little sprout.


The plant has grown, as you can see.

Spider plants send out stolons, or stems. At the end grow new plantlets.

When I was growing up, everyone had one of these plants in their house. I thought they were nice, ordinary plants.

Yes, they are ordinary, as ordinary as Life. They are also extraordinary, as extraordinary as Life.

14 comments:

Mrs. M. said...

I remember Larry gave me a HUGE spider plant when I moved to Lansing. It would thrive here in Florida if I still had it!!

I, unfortunately, have a pretty brown thumb!

Ruth said...

Mrs. M., if they grow like crazy here, you would have 10 huge plants in no time in FL.

Rauf said...

i was expecting a new post yesterday Ruth, this time i was wrong.

The plant is beautiful, i'll remember the name spider plant today and i'll forget the name tomorrow. My brain is in a good shape if i remember it for one full day. the room looks beautiful, good daylight coming in, is that your arm chair Ruth ?
i am an ordinary person and i like ordinary things.

Ruth said...

rauf, I find great joy in ordinary things.

This is the living room, a room we don't use very much, but should because the light is very nice, as you noticed. The gold chair is my armchair where I read sometimes. It was my grandmother's chair, although I have had it recovered. It is VERY heavy. They don't make chairs like this any more. On the back of the chair is a silkscreen Lesley made in art school. I love it.

photowannabe said...

Boy, I have had dozens of this plant too. They are so prolific. I love the verigated leaves and the little sprouts on them.

mystic rose said...

there IS great joy in ordinary living things.. and so many lessons in nature that we can imbibe just by observing.
and as I grow more nad more I realsie how many things in this Universe are so joy giving and they are all free.. :)

Ruth said...

PW, it's nice to propegate them and give them away too. Nice to have a plant I can't easily kill. :)

Ruth said...

MR, sometimes I try an exercise of just looking at something for a few minutes without naming it, just observe it and connect with its essence. I haven't done that yet with this plant, maybe I should. :)

White Forest said...

voww...we have some in our garden too!

Ginnie said...

I have always loved this plant, Ruth, especially because of the little plantlets that shoot off from it. I have a feeling there's a good little sermonette there when you look at it for a few minutes.

Ordinary becomes extraordinary when you pay attention to it!

Ruth said...

Hi, White Forest! Welcome to Synchronizing. I'm glad you left a comment. So spider plants grow in India too. You must always give away the plantlets; we could call them "friendship" plants.

Ruth said...

Ginnie, Don tells me that plants don't build plant material (cellulose) from the soil, but rather from carbon dioxide (though they get nutrients from the soil). It's amazing to me that this little sprout became a large plant with many plantlets, from the air!

Heather said...

Spider plants bring back memories from the late 70s. It seemed like every elementary school classroom had a spider plant. :) I am so bad with plants, but I doubt I could kill one of these babies. :)

Speaking of plants and gardening, we have roses in our backyard. The folks that lived here before us actually paid attention to their lawn. Critter now compliments me on "my" roses. How wonderful it is to enjoy the benefits of someone else's gardening. :)

Ruth said...

Heather, lucky you to inherit roses. Having them well maintained makes it so easy to pick up where they left off. I hope I get to see some. :)