April foolery

Let’s see if anyone can figure out what this is:

What’s the plant, and what in the world has been done to it?

Answer Monday!

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Linda Chalker-Scott

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and a Professor in the Department of Horticulture, and holds two affiliate associate professor positions at University of Washington. She conducts research in applied plant and soil sciences, publishing the results in scientific articles and university Extension fact sheets. Linda also is the award-winning author of five books: the horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener (2008) and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010) from the University of Washington Press and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science – Practical Application (2009) from GFG Publishing, Inc., and How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do from Timber Press (2015). Her latest effort is an update of Art Kruckeberg’s Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest from UW Press (2019). In 2018 Linda was featured in a video series – The Science of Gardening – produced by The Great Courses. She also is one of the Garden Professors – a group of academic colleagues who educate and entertain through their blog and Facebook pages. Linda’s contribution to gardeners was recognized in 2017 by the Association for Garden Communicators as the first recipient of their Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award. "The Garden Professors" Facebook page - www.facebook.com/TheGardenProfessors "The Garden Professors" Facebook group - www.facebook.com/groups/GardenProfessors Books: http://www.sustainablelandscapesandgardens.com

10 thoughts on “April foolery”

  1. its lucky bamboo. in malls? well, yea, in malls. but also in every asian market. nice lil houseplant. basically its like a forced bulb. doomed plant. there for fun and your basic appreciation of plants.

    bound and tortured?

    its like you have never seen one. common as all get go in asian markets. might as well say every plant in a pot is bound and tortured.

  2. Yep, that poor “un”lucky bamboo that gets twisted and tortured and forced into unnatural shapes. I had one that lived (with almost total neglect) for several years. Nice houseplant for the lazy gardener or those who need a creative outlet. A Google image search brings up some amazing things done with this plant.

  3. Its “lucky bamboo” a dracena that has been heavily promoted and sold in lots of gift and touristy shops. To me a novelty plant that is purchased spontaneously for its cool factor which dims greatly once home. Propagated by cuttings which doesn’t help its appearance any. Not a true bamboo.
    Whoever came up with this idea for marketing and selling this plant this way?

  4. Yep, bamboo. Looks like it has been bound to contain something else. I’m more interested in the googly eyes that Anne mentioned. Ceramic frogs? This whole picture looks disturbing!

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