Newest Review: ... Although the picture shows that the petal from the flower is white ours have always had much more of a green tinge to them not that i... more
The plant that just keeps on giving
Member Name: chaobreeder16
Advantages: Easy to look after, worth the money, good for those with hay fever
Disadvantages: Is fragile when seperating and likes the heat
We have had one of these plants for as long as I can remember, they are rather pretty and produce a lot of oxygen so are ideal for most homes.
The plant itself
They don't look all that match like other lilies though each broad dark green leaf is attached to a long sturdy stem that plunges directly into the soil that eventually becomes very woody once it gets to a certain age. These stems then form a network of roots as opposed to the plant forming one main stem. The flower is particularly different too, for one thing they are a lot more hypoallergenic instead of having multiple stamens that dust pink or orange pollen everywhere they have one solid stamen which is hard as wax, cream in colour and dusts hardly any pollen if any at all so its ideal for our family considering half of us suffer from terrible allergies. Although the picture shows that the petal from the flower is white ours have always had much more of a green tinge to them not that it makes them any less pleasant to look at but don't be surprised if after a decade that the plant changes its appearance a bit.
Caring for the plant
This is very much an indoor plant it very much likes the heat and we have our original plant and one of its babies on either our electric fire in our living room this seems to promote good leaf growth, though they do need a lot of water as they can become very dry. About two years ago we had to separate our original and we ended up with Seven new plants, however as we discovered they become a lot more vulnerable if you separate them too thinly, we should have really only separated them into five as two of the plants wilted and died very quickly. So do make sure that you plant is very large before you decide to do this and don't spread them too thinly.
The plants are unlikely to flower for some time after this as it seems to be a big shock for them and they will probably take a few months to reestablish their roots. Give them lots of water and keep them in the heat.
Though the plants flowering has us double guessing we gave some of the smaller plants to my dads office and some friends of the family as well as keeping the original and a new one for ourselves. Our friends did as we did and their plants have large leaves and on average 0-1 flower per plant, however my dad very much neglected his for a month while on a trip and while it dried up the leaves became tiny and it produced maybe 6-8 flowers which was probably unhealthy for the plant to sustain so I imagine that producing this many flowers is a sign that the plant is going to die and this is its last attempt to breed so that it can reproduce, though I would not recommend you let it get to this stage as you could be left with no plant at all. The pollen also turned brown and flaky which is not good for allergy sufferers when it gets to this point so again I would not recommend it for that reason either. Just stick your finger in the soil and if its damp let it be and if its dry give it a bit of water seems to be the trick. After the plants become a certain size they also generally produce less flowers but this doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them it just means they have become self sustainable and no longer need to reproduce as much as they have developed good roots and have just become accustomed to their environment.
As stated before this is ideal for us considering half of us are allergy sufferers.
The original plant costs between £10-£20 which is pretty good considering you can separate it and create new plants.
Summary: Ours have been going for over a decade now the house would look bare withought it
More reviews in the field of Plant
- Mini Meadow Wild Flower Seed With Rootgrow
- Onion Set Red Baron
- Suttons Tomato Hundreds & Thousands Seeds
- Suttons Tumbling Tom Red Tomato Seeds
- Taylors Amaryllis Gift Box
- Taylors Seed Potato Taster Pack First Early Vales Emerald
- Tomato Sweet Million F1
- Cotinus Coggygria
- Bamboo Fargesia Rufa
- Suttons Grow Your Own Italian Flavours