“Birds,” I heard. “Green birds.” If the first remark sounded odd, the second sounded even more bizarre.
I squeezed my way through the crowd and saw it. It was mostly stems, as well as a few leaves and bracts. Nothing great, I thought. Nothing that warranted that much attention anyway.
The prices were a setback though. So we gave ourselves a cooling off period of a few weeks but the interest grew stronger instead.
Finally, we succumbed to the temptation and bought two small seedlings.
We bought another two plants within the week. And then I sowed some pedilanthus seeds.
But, why the craze?
It’s obvious that the person who is happier and who is better off financially after the sale of a pedilanthus is the proprietor himself. He’d probably be laughing all the way to the bank.
I suppose people buy the pedilanthus for all sorts of reasons. For me, it’s all boils down to the tiny green birds.
Imagine what will happen if the two plants cross-pollinated. Imagine the coloration of the birds. Will these be mutilcolored like lorikeets? There I go again, off on another flight of fancy …
Care and propagation: well-drained soil, semi to full sun, water moderately; propagate using seeds or cuttings