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Houseplant shopping

Monday 24 May 2010 - Filed under General

The office plants where I work gave up and left us with empty pots. Lucky me, I got the task of replacing them. Plant shopping on someone else’s dime – who doesn’t like that? I headed straight for Bedford Brown in industrial Northwest Portland. They’re fancy pants there, I don’t often go shopping for myself, but they do have an excellent greenhouse full of healthy indoor plants, many that are bigger better versions of the ones you commonly see around, plus plants you don’t see every day, if you’re looking for something more unusual.

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An example of the fancy-pants-ness, the fake agave urn on the right – $675.

In my extensive plant shopping experience, I have never had plants so nicely packaged up for transport. No post-plant shopping car wash for me.

I ended up with a good looking common Dracaena that we should be able to keep alive. They send you home with plant care-sheets, which is a good thing for me. When it comes to house plants, I have zero idea what to do. According to the sheet, this is an easy plant to grow. Plus, you can snap the top off of a stalk off at any point, and one to three new heads will sprout. That, and you can replant the cut off stalk. It has me wondering, how long would it take for me to make a dracaena forest at work? How long do you think I could get away with propagating more before the office starts to think I’m nuts?

The other new office mate is a ruffle leaf anthurium, a member of the philodendron family. It should be an improvement on the charlie brown tree currently occupying the pot in the kitchen. With any luck, we’ll keep this batch of office greenery looking much better than the last unfortunate plant life that shared our space.


2010-05-24  »  megan

Talkback x 3

  1. Grace
    25 May 2010 @ 11:09 am

    Hi Megan~~ FUN! Even if it’s the more esoteric [for me too] indoor plant shopping, it’s still PLANT SHOPPING and you made excellent choices. The plants look extremely healthy–they’d have to be to warrant the higher prices. Kudos to the boss and the buyer!!

  2. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    25 May 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Fancy indeed. I need a new healthy Dracaena.

  3. Karen
    30 May 2010 @ 8:08 am

    I’m the same, no idea what to do with these, don’t have any myself. I always kill them and then feel horrible! That looks like a fun store. Fake black agave urn is kinda cool/goth but the price… yeesh. Like your choices, they are low-key and seem like maybe will keep looking good. Plus, a sneaky forest, I hope you manage that!