Three & a half years ago, my husband and I purchased our first home. A large 130+ year old home with very high ceilings. At the time I was offered a large plant that couldn’t be keep by the original owners anymore because it had grown so tall it was hitting the ceiling. The people told us it was the first plant that they had gotten when the got together, it was in it’s original pot and it was 34 years old! They said that they’d prefer it went to a good home rather than have to cut it off and have it possibly die. Well, I jumped at the chance to get this plant. I didn’t even know what it was. We manage to get the behemoth home and the only logical place to put it was in the stairwell.
The first thing you see as you walk in the front door is this giant plant that I’ve since learned is a Corn Plant or Dracaena fragrans. Here is a view of it looking up.
And here is a view of it looking down from the second story.
Now, I didn’t know that these plants bloomed. As a matter of fact I didn’t know much about these plants at all until last fall. I came home from the store one day and I could smell this really pleasant fragrance in the house that I couldn’t place. So, I start looking around to find the source of the scent. Now as I said before we have a large house and there are some rooms that we just don’t ever go into and those rooms are the ones in the front of the house up stairs. So I go sniffing around and start heading for the front of the house and the fragrance gets stronger. I follow my nose up the stairs and lo and behold there at the very top of the monster plant in the stairwell there is this long bloom!!! I really wish that we could have smelloblog here because the fragrance is just heavenly. It filled the entire house. We’d wake up in the morning to it and go to bed at night to it. And then it was gone 😦
I’ve been longing for that fragrance to come back ever since. Well to my great surprise, on Monday I happened to be at the top of the stairs and noticed another inflorescence coming out of the top of our Corn Plant!!
Isn’t she beautiful! The growth of the inflo happens so quickly that I’m gonna take pictures of it every day when I get home and post the progress here for you all to see. These pictures were taken yesterday at about 5:15 pm. The only thing you’ll miss is the lovely fragrance and having to vacuum up the tiny brown flowers after they have dropped!
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