Funny, before I left for Kandy, I wondered if I was becoming complacent about the flowers on the Manel on my bedroom balcony. I remember thinking I would be shocked when there were no longer two flowers greeting me when I went out each morning. Well, this morning there were three, with one on its last legs, and a bud ready to open tomorrow.
Not only that, in the few days I’ve been away the plant has pretty well covered the surface of the pot, and the leaves are now three, or four times the size they were when the monsoon broke, back on the 25th May. Given that the flowers last about three days, I reckon it has produced at least 30 flowers since the first bud appeared on the 29th of May – just four days after the rains started. It produced its largest, most perfect (sic!) flower after 42 days, and just a week later a noticeable increase in leaf size coincided with the beginning of its two flowers a day phase.
I know I get excited and talk about standing back and watching the bamboo grow, but for a plant to put on bulk and flower so prolifically at the same time makes it a champion, I think. Have a look at this.
Sorry to have gone overboard on the “Growth” posts, but it’s exciting stuff, as you can see from others‘ posts on the subject.