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« on: 11/04/2007 18:18:42 »
Dearest peeps who luff the flora and fauna of this world,

We have this plant in our kitchen !!....we call it colloquially a ' Mother-In-laws-Tongue '

we've had it for many years !...but what on earth is this ' thing ' that is growing ? We've NEVER seen it before !

Is it a parasite ?...is it a flower of the plant ?...is it going to make my plant unhappy ?


I have no idea...............do ewe ?





 

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« Reply #1 on: 11/04/2007 18:22:45 »
i think i see some selotape in there, did you "cut and tape" that thing inside you plant so you could go to kew gardens and try and make lots of money with your new discovery......................


if you did i will not tell for a cut of the money
 

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« Reply #2 on: 11/04/2007 18:58:27 »
i think i see some selotape in there, did you "cut and tape" that thing inside you plant so you could go to kew gardens and try and make lots of money with your new discovery......................


if you did i will not tell for a cut of the money

LOL....nope...for once this is a bona fide question about a bona fide ' thing ' growing in this pot !!


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« Reply #3 on: 11/04/2007 19:11:43 »
It looks like a flowering stem to me.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 11/04/2007 20:23:30 »
It looks like a flowering stem to me.

WOW !!..I hope you're right !!...my mummy seems to think so too !!

They must have Oct-annual blooms or something then ?..

I really hope so..if it does flower I will take a piccy and post it here too.

THANK YOU BC
 

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« Reply #5 on: 12/04/2007 02:32:20 »
It is a flowering stem.  The flowers will most likely be a cream color, but I don't think they're very attractive.  Mine bloomed early last summer, but I don't see any sign of new growth this year.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 12/04/2007 04:37:21 »
It is a flowering stem.  The flowers will most likely be a cream color, but I don't think they're very attractive.  Mine bloomed early last summer, but I don't see any sign of new growth this year.

YAYYYYYYYYYYY !!..thank you Carolyn for corroborating what BC said....oooh !!....I may have flower joy soon !....
does it do it every  year and we just never notice then ?
 

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« Reply #7 on: 12/04/2007 04:52:22 »
Hey You guys I believe a mother inlaws tongue only blooms every several years I will have to get back to you on the exact time, I can't remember. there is an agave plant that only blooms after many many years also.. motherin laws tongue more often, but still I think it is every few years!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 12/04/2007 20:10:46 »
BTW, re the original question "is it going to make my plant unhappy ?" I don't know but floweres are the sex organs of the plant. OK that means your Mother in law's tongue is getting ready to have sex. Err?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 13/04/2007 05:20:43 »
LOL...Yes she may be multipling soon.. LOL

here is some info.. keep it out of james reach!This was taken from "The Garden web.." on the internet.

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Posted by WeedWoman z6 NJ (My Page) on Wed, Oct 6, 04 at 2:49

From 'Baby Safe Houseplants and Cut Flowers' by John I. Alber and Delores M. Alber, Genus Books, 1990:
"Entire plant is mildly toxic... This plant is sometimes reported as non-toxic, based probably on its use as a medicinal plant by herbalists in some parts of the world. It has been used as a remedy for hemorrhoids and intestinal parasites, for instance. Studies of Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii" and S. thyrsiflora were conducted during the 1970s. In those studies, plant material was administered to rats and mice by various means. While the doses administered were high - ten percent of body weight - the investigators found that significant numbers of the rats and mice died. Other investigators report finding saponins in Sansevieria, and it seems likely that in extremely high doses these could cause the deaths reported in the studies. Most of the human ingestions of this plant that have been reported have not resulted in any symptoms. Thus, it appears likely that the plant is generally harmless in low doses. Ingestions of large amounts may cause nausea, vomiting, and other distress in the digestive tract, probably as a result of saponins."
"Recommendations: Instruct children never to eat this or any nonfood plant. While it is unlikely a child would eat quantities of Sansevieria equivalent to doses used in testing, test results must still be taken as some indication of toxicity. This plant therfore should be kept out of the reach of small children."

(FWIW, 10% of my body weight is 14 pounds, and if you force-fed me 14 pounds of food I'd probably die too. The things we do to animals...)

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This came from this site! "Daves garden" on the web!

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ay) (Info)
Genus: Sansevieria (san-se-VEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: trifasciata (try-fask-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Sansevieria thyrsiflora



Category:
Tropicals/Tender Perennials


Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us


Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)


Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested


Bloom Color:
Cream/Tan


Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Variegated


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping


Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)


Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings


Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

 

 

 

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« Reply #10 on: 13/04/2007 11:31:34 »
hmm.. What was that plant called in "Dennis the Menace", where it only blooms like once in a 100 years or something? It might be exaggerated, but I'm sure it was a real one. :D
 

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« Reply #11 on: 13/04/2007 13:21:46 »
Yes it was a real plant , but I agree it was exaggerated.. LOL I think agava plants are also called the century plants and bloom evry 100 years but I believe it may be closer to 60ish..LOL I am not sure!
 

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« Reply #12 on: 13/04/2007 13:24:46 »
Wow.. Wish I had one ;D

They only stay pretty for like a couple of days or something, right?
 

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« Reply #13 on: 13/04/2007 14:25:19 »
Thanks for the info Karen mam. Me printed it out and sat by the plant and read it to it....awwww..ewe should have seen it !!..it went all mushy as it heard it's lifestory !!
 

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« Reply #14 on: 13/04/2007 14:26:24 »
Laugh My Beeping Bum Off.. I hope you didn't Neil! :P
 

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« Reply #15 on: 13/04/2007 14:28:52 »
it mite be an invasive species
 

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« Reply #16 on: 13/04/2007 14:36:17 »
Hmm.. Invasive?!?! It's gonna dominate the world?!?! :o
 

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« Reply #17 on: 13/04/2007 14:40:46 »
no invasive means that it is from another enviroment and it was brought here by an unatural way
 

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« Reply #18 on: 13/04/2007 14:42:11 »
Oh. I thought it meant an act to invade.. :o
 

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« Reply #19 on: 13/04/2007 15:39:03 »
Thanks for the info Karen mam. Me printed it out and sat by the plant and read it to it....awwww..ewe should have seen it !!..it went all mushy as it heard it's lifestory !!

Your welcome I still did not find the reference to how often it blooms! Sorry I will look again later! Maybe you should help it write a book about it's life there with you and the family!
 

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« Reply #20 on: 13/04/2007 15:41:06 »
Yes.. Neil should do that. It would be excellent! Later, if you publish it Neil, please send me a copy with your autograph! :D
 

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« Reply #21 on: 13/04/2007 16:19:50 »
Yes.. Neil should do that. It would be excellent! Later, if you publish it Neil, please send me a copy with your autograph! :D

awwwww !!...Of course..I'll even include ewe in the dedications and I'll send you a free copy !!
 

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« Reply #22 on: 13/04/2007 16:20:55 »
Cool ;D. Hope it gets published soon, :o
 

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« Reply #23 on: 13/04/2007 16:39:10 »
Oh. I thought it meant an act to invade.. :o

well it basically does dude...invasive species means that it invades a new territory and as there are no natural predators it wont get eaten so it reproduces like crazy...
 

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« Reply #24 on: 13/04/2007 16:41:30 »
YAYYYYYYYY! A new life story!
 

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