Sunday, January 18, 2009

WOW...look what I found!

I was out taking a walk around the neighborhood with my Mom when my eye fell on these two corn plants laying out to be picked up by the trash people!!! I had just been looking at them at the store as a possible plant for my screen room!
I immediately thought of my new blogger friend over at Plant Rescue, and I knew I must take action!
I scooped them up, while Mom carried their pot, and we got them repotted in the pot they had been in, and I trimmed the leaves up and secured them in this larger terracotta colored plastic pot, and used old beer and soda bottles to secure the whole thing...tied them together at the top of the trunks with plastic wrap. I threw in some colored whiffle balls to kinda cover the beer bottle underneath, and is beautiful. Now I am off to the internet to find how to take care of a Corn Plant.

The pic on the left shows the plants (there are two in here, but hard to see) before I trimmed them up, and the one on right are the finished ones...ready for a new chance at life!


mr_subjunctive said...

Somehow it's always corn plants that get treated this way. Nobody ever leaves rubber plants out to fend for themselves. . . .

I did do a profile about them on my blog, quite a while ago. Which you're invited to check out:

Damsel in Distress (Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana')

soulbrush said...

you're a wonder woman.

Claude said...

I would have done the same thing... and corn plants are easy. From the looks of those, I'd say they were underwatered and just neglected more than anything else... If you're lucky, they'll bloom next winter. The bloom isn't that great, but it has a very sweet smell.

BTW... I really like the wiffle balls!

lola said...

I can't believe someone threw these lovelies out. They are a magnificent plant & so easy to take care of.

Stapeliad said...

Oh WOW! I rescued a corn plant some years back...her name was Planty.

Their botanical name is Dracena Fragrans and apparently they flower but I've never seen it. They are low light plants and one of THE best plants to purify air and produce oxygen!

And also...up here a 6' tall corn plant sells for about $150.

Congrats on your new arrivals!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie
I can't believe it but for some reason I was able to get online to blog! I haven't checked the phone to see whether its full of static still or whether the problem has cleared about. But I feel like I'm a "free woman" again..*s*. So I raced over.

Wow that poor little thing was mistreated thats for sure. You hav emade it look better already. Keep us posted on its progress.
hope you've had a great day

Julie said...

Stapeliad...NO WAY!!! I can hardly believe that I must go see what they want for them here!!! The tallest one is about 5 ft. tall or so.

My Little Family: said...

Wowm good find. Ive rescued a few plants from the curb or broken pieces from the trash too. Now, if only someone would throw out some orchids on my street!

Cindy said...

Good work! I've adopted plants from people's trash before. He he.

Teri C said...

Is this like a baby on the doorstep? Leave it to be out rescuing plants. It looks wonderful.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those lucky plants. I am sure they will thrive with you caring for them.

MrBrownThumb said...

I found a corn plant last year most of a corn plant stalk than anything and I brought it home left it by the backdoor until I could do something with it but I forgot about it until you reminded me. LOL.

I wonder what happened to it.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Wow, what a great find. It was just waiting for you Julie. Good luck with it.

Serena said...

We call them 'Happy' plants here and are believed to bring good luck and happiness to the home. Their botanical name is 'Dracaena Massangeana'. I posted mine a few days ago....I LOVE it! I'm so glad that you rescued these, Julie....people tend to chuck them when they start getting shabby but that's only because they aren't being cared for. They tend to get root-bound too so make sure they have a lot of good quality potting mix to expand in. I have mine at my front entry which is well lit, however, they like dark areas too. I find that mine likes to be watered regularly and I also make sure I add water into the little well that is formed at the top centre of the leaves....I read somewhere once that they like that.

Their leaves come up beautiful and shiny too if you wipe over them with a cloth that has been dipped in milk and wrung out...yep, you heard me right...milk! I read in one of my plant books once that it's a great way to clean and leave a shine to leaves. :)