|Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum'|
They're almost hardy, quite capable of taking a couple of degrees of frost, so it always surprises me that they're not commonly used as bedding during the warmer months. Even a couple of rooted offsets will soon mature and produce their own daughter, even granddaughter, plantlets at the ends of the thin, fleshy rhizomes. A dense patch of pretty green and silver striped leaves is an attractive sight in the light shade preferred by these plants.
Having said that, the commonest method of growth is in a hanging basket. Earlier this year I put a trio of offsets into a spare basket and hung it by my little shade house. By today (early October) it had produced a goodly number of daughter plants and even a few granddaughter plants, their collective weight bowing the flexible rhizomes to produce the characteristic cascade effect that makes this plant so desirable when allowed to grow freely.
|Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum' - one summer's growth outside|
It will soon be time to move it to winter quarters. Cool, frost free and light is all that is required. So, undercover in my little shade house unless we get a really cold snap when it can sit out the freeze in the house. And next year the daughter plants will produce their own offspring and the cascade will lengthen and thicken. Hopefully to the stage of the one below, photographed a couple of years back in an Italian property.
|Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum' - a mature plant photographed in Italy|