What’s the oldest houseplant you know of? 10 years? Maybe 20? And what becomes of it when its owner dies?
Rona Scoratow Of Pittsburgh PA, has decided that her 42 year old philodendron shouldn’t be cast aside (or be burned/buried with her) when she dies, so she’s left a $5000 provision in her will for the plant to be cared for by a friend.
Although Rona is currently a healthy 63, the thought that her beloved philly might not be cared for after she goes fills her with horror. “This is my girl!” she says of the plant which was only 1ft tall when she acquired it back in 1972 but now spreads all around her living room.
Many house plants if well-cared for will live for decades. I had a date palm called Uncle Fester I got as a gift for my 18th birthday which I think is still alive in a pot somewhere and the Uptons in Maryland, both horticulturists, have a ponytail palm they believe is about 50 years old. They call it Gordon, after a friend who swapped it to Ms. Upton 37 years ago for a Porsche steering wheel.
Do you have a deathless houseplant Methuselah in your home?