Thursday, August 11, 2016

My Dracaena Spike Plant Blooms

Repurposed BBQ planter.
Back in 2010, I repurposed an old BBQ into a planter. I put it right under my kitchen window at the cabin to give the side of our home a bright focal point.

I annually plant flowers in it, but wanted something to give a higher green background. I picked out two small grass-like leaved plants at Canadian Tire for that purpose.

Over the years, those spiky little plants (you can barely see them in the picture at the left) grew until their roots took over the whole planter. Consequently, in 2015 I relocated them to deck pots of their own.

I went back to Canadian Tire to talk to the nursery expert. She wasn't sure what I had, but thought it might be a plant called Dracaena. I looked it up online and that made sense. I believe mine is a Dracaena indivisa also known as a Spike Plant. It's commonly used in planters and gardens to provide height and interest.

Then this year I was surprised to see one of the plants develop a spike. That spike grew larger and finally opened to a massive bloom.

Not only was it beautiful, it was very fragrant, and provided the bees with an early spring source of nourishment.

Now my Dracaena has created two separate branches from where the bloom was removed. I understand that this well happen each time a bloom occurs. I guess I better look for some bigger pots! -- Margy


  1. I've never had a draceana bloom. I used to take them inside to over winter, else they are just annuals here. Well done on getting yours to bloom.

    1. I really didn't do anything to get it to bloom. It just did. The other one doesn't look like it is interested. The bloom came in early spring and the bees just loved it. - Margy

  2. I didn't even know they bloomed at all!

    1. Neither did I. It was quite a surprise to go out one day and see the spike starting to grow. One thing I like about them is that they give me something green on the deck in the wonder months. - Margy


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