Contrary to what I said in Tuesday’s post, I do still have one outside project that needs to be completed today, so there’s no time for a post that takes much thought or research. But I’ve been meaning to ask the gardeners among TGB readers what they make of this.
When I moved to Portland, Maine, in June 2006, my first visitor was ML who blogs at Full Fathom Five. She arrived at my new home with a trunkful of plants for my deck and it would have been a barren place that summer without her gifts.
Among them was this jade plant. Jade plants are not uncommon. I’ve had them as houseplants several times in my life and watched a tiny one I once gave my mother grow into a behemoth over several years, nearly five feet tall.
I thought I knew pretty much all I needed to know about jade plants: they are green, they have fleshy leaves and they are hardy souls that tolerate minor abuse like forgetting to water them sometimes.
I keep this jade plant from ML on my deck during the growing season and bring it inside to stay warm through the winter. It has survived well with its moves indoors and out. But look more carefully at this plant. Here’s a close-up of what I encountered two weeks ago:
Who knew? I surely had no idea jade plants can sprout flowers and just yesterday, two additional, little blooms began emerging on the same stem as the first two which have not faded at all since they first appeared.
Like I said, I’ve never seen a flower on a jade plant before, and this is the first since ML gave me the plant 18 months ago. Does anyone have any information about this? Do all jade plants bloom? How often do they bloom? Are the flowers always this color? Is there a way to encourage blooms?
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Virginia DeBolt an annual childhood ritual in Watermelon Day.]