All winter long, readers of the Duluth News Tribune have been sharing stories, with photos , of their house plants and how long they had been in their families. Some had been passed down from great-great grand parents and were almost 100 years old! Now that’s impressive!
In most cases, the longest lived house plants were exactly those that you would expect–the so-called Christmas cactuses. But some of the plants surprised me. One person had a smaller flowering amaryllis.
Several people had oxalis bulbs–what we often see being sold everywhere around St. Patrick’s Day as “shamrock” plants.
One person had a sedum One had a fern. And then there were miscellaneous others . There were a series of articles written. You can Google it to see the articles with photos .
This is my longest lived plant. A neighbor gave it to my parents in the late 1970s and I took it shortly thereafter. It’s a rhizamatous begonia, x giganticum.
These are the flowers. It only flowers once a year for me, right about now, but it does have a long bloom time.
I have given away lots of divisions of this plant and even made myself a “spare” in case something should happen to one of them. I think they’re great–and of course they have a lot of history with them.