Re: Corn plant growth - maybe bloom??

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Posted by Newt on May 26, 2003 at 12:30:16:

In Reply to: Re: Corn plant growth - maybe bloom?? posted by Grace McMahon on May 25, 2003 at 14:11:33:

: Dear Newt:
: We also have owned a corn plant for 20 years, it has moved three times with us. It's name is Cecil. Over the 20 years the plant has grown very slowly, one leaf when a bottom leaf dries up. This spring, (three weeks ago) for some reason a "growth" sprouted from each of the two stalks - slender shoot with "flowers" that look like broccoli floweretts. Is this a bloom?
: Also the "growth" is really growing and the floweretts secrete a thick liquid. I have not noticed any fragrance. What is happening to Cecil? Should we remove the growths and plant them? Are they new plants or are they flowers? If they are flowers, should they smell? I called the county extension office and they told me corn plants never bloom in the house. What is Cecil doing? Please help me.
: Thank you
: Grace McMahon

Hi Grace,
I just love it!! Cecil sounds like a good name for your corn plant! We have plants with names too, including two fringe trees in the garden. One is a male - George, and the other is female - Sara. We're hoping that they are mature enough this year for Sara to have berries for the birds. In case you're wondering what this fragrant native tree looks like, here's a picture.

http://www.bhwp.org/images/sub/virtual_visit/6.jpg

I did a search at www.google.com and put in quotes with a plus sign like this: "corn plant" + "flower" and got this site. Some good info here.

http://www.plant-care.com/PlantTips/1998/121198.htm

Take care,
Newt

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