Plants know things. I know this because I study them.
I want to know What a Plant Knows.
I have read a book by that name written by Daniel Chamovitz.
I also took the Coursera class from Tel Aviv University by that name.
Plants know where they are and the seasons and what they are close to.
I am trying to learn from them. They are teaching me.
This Epiphyllum Orchid cactus never bloomed.
I researched its native habitat.
In Brazil it hangs from the trees.
So I hung it from a tree.
Now it blooms every June.
Humans don’t know everything, but we can learn things
even from plants.
Especially from plants… and animals.
They are the ancients.
There really are many answers to this in the world of botany.
In this case I am referring to the puzzling plant, Epiphyllum oxypetalum.
This leggy plant sprawls as it grows. It is in a heavy pot for balance not for root room.
Mine has not bloomed yet, but I am enjoying its peculiar habit of growth.
When is a leaf NOT a leaf? When it’s a stem.
The orchid cactus has flattened stems that look like leaves with thick veins.
When new leaves pop out from the ends of these veins,
you realize that the leaf was a stem.
Epiphytes that live in trees have different rules than ground plants.
A stem has to serve as a leaf and a stem.
Another lesson in life from a plant.
I was given a piece of this Epiphyllum three years ago.
It was my first cactus orchid. I have been unsure of how to care for it.
It has grown well but never bloomed..
I hope I don’t have to wait three more years for another bloom,
but this lovely flower was worth the wait.