Growing horticultural commodities can be a very rewarding occupation, even if not very lucrative. Growing random plants merely because they are available may be a bad habit. Sometimes, I procure propagation stock intentionally because I want to grow copies of a particular plant. Perhaps more often, I grow something merely because I can not bear to discard good propagation stock or actual plants. That is why there are so many homeless cannas here now! After I prune zonal geraniums, I feel obligated to process all the scraps into cuttings rather than simply discard them into the compost.

1. Opuntia (of unidentified species or hybrid), prickly pear lives at a clinic in Santa Cruz. Someone with a weed whacker busted off a few pads. It is good for both nopal and tuna. It is shabby and canned because someone with a weed whacker here kept cutting it also.

2. Clivia miniata, Natal lily was pulled from a trailside prior to weed whacking. I do not know if it is feral from seed or a cultivar from landscape debris. They have not bloomed.

3. Iris pseudacorus, yellow flag is naturalized in a roadside ditch in Ben Lomond. It is an invasive species in some regions. Therefore, it must be contained and deadheaded here.

4. Platanus racemosa, California sycamore was a sucker on one of the big trees at work. It pulled off with roots attached, so got canned. Its trunk died, so is now replacing itself.

5. Washingtonia robusta, Mexican fan palm needed to be removed from a yard in Santa Clara. Many were in pavement. Someone else got most that were salvageable. I got eight.

6. Cinnamomum camphora, camphor tree seedlings grew out sidewalk expansion joints at a job in San Jose. I pulled some out. A few came out with roots, and grew up like this.

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7 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Bad Habit

      1. I always find a spot. There is always a plant that died and left room. I have moved plants into my wooded area and of course, I can just transplant them into pots. I now think of myself as a “grower”, as I have thrown garden design out the window. It could be worse and I could collect cats instead of plants.

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    1. Saving them is the easy part. Finding homes for them takes a bit more effort. Prickly pear and iris will stay with me. Kaffir lily might also. The sycamore should go to Los Angeles to become a median tree. (Yes, that happens.) As much as I like these exemplary camphor trees, they are not easy to accommodate. With a bit of grooming, they could go to Los Angeles also. (They may not look like it in the picture, but they are in #5 cans, and are about six feet tall.) The palms?! Goodness! There happens to be someone here who wants them, but he can not take all of them.

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