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me buddha plant

I found this here plant in Sheridan nurseries one winter.. brought it home.. I was told, it hardly needs any water. just the thing for me, I thought. all that watering in the wintertime... well WHAT a mistake that was! Cause it DOES need watering and a lot too! BUT!!! in winter, I do get the most interesting flowers and in the summertime, it has these lovely leaves.
So in wintertime? it goes in my spot where it is suppose to bring me pots of money in my bank account (I haven't seen too much of it yet. but I keep putting it there in that feng shui spot! and it gives me flowers. Except? this year? there are flowers? and leaves. So who knows, all that promised money coming to my bank account might YET BE! oh yes, tis called a buudhaplant and grows a lot in the Australian desert..

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Yes Powderbrush - we have these here in Australia. We call them 'buddha belly' or the 'gout' plant because the stem is swollen at the base. Jatropha podagrica is considered poisonous over here, particularly the seeds and the milky sap if they're ingested, so be careful with this - hope your dog doesn't eat plants! It is supposed to be very drought tolerant so I was amused to hear it needed so much water.

30 Jan, 2009


YES my friend in Australia? she told me that they exist there too. and yes. these plants might survive on little water but they're nothing good to look at overhere in just a tiny pot!

This year we redid our living-diningroom. So now it is sitting in a rather poshy vase, I must say it is doing just great. I was afraid it might become waterlogged. But! it is giving me flowers and leaves... and sigh. it does get its share of compliments from visitors, I bet you, that's why it is showing off with them flowers and leaves! But it IS rather artistic to look at. I have another plant. which is also a desert plant and also lives in Australia, just can't remember the name and pfff. it too is artistic. except I keep it always indoors. and although the plant encyclopedias claim it too should flower? I have never had any luck with that! so I keep it just for the flowers. The only other good thing about that one isss, it really doesn't need much watering! tis the same family of plants though just looks different.

30 Jan, 2009

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