Monday, September 20, 2010

Not Jack N the Bean Stalk

Last summer, Hubby went across the street to our neighbors house and picked a handful of brown seed pods from a bush about 5 feet high.
We now have 3 Dwarf Poinciana trees in five gallon buckets and one we gave to a friend.

The flowers come in a large pod, 2 or more open each day until it is full. The next 3 photos show how big each pod gets. at this time we have 4 pods on one tree. This tree is about 6 feet tall.

As the flowers fall off, each one creates a green pod, like the one  below.

After a few days, the pods turn brown as in the photo below

From ugly brown pod to beautiful flowers and back to ugly brown pod, this amazing dwarf tree (so named because it only grows to about 20 feet tall unlike its sister tree that grows to 60 feet tall).

It's Amazing out there! grab your camera and check it out and report back to us! that is your mission for today.

MORE PHOTOS of Dwarf Poinciana Label on sidebar


SquirrelQueen said...

It has been a really long time since I was in Florida but I remember a type of tree that had reddish orange blooms. It almost looked like it was on fire. Now I wondering if that was a Poinciana.

Those blooms are beautiful and sort of make up for the ugly brown pods.

Snapper II said...

Sandra,Bob is so good at growing things I thought I might send a dollar bill and see if he can grow a money tree, were going to need one. He, He, He, He.

DawnTreader said...

I'm beginning to wonder, how big is your yard?! It seems to be some kind of Noah's ark but for plants rather than animals ;)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hey Cutie, How interesting!!! I"ve seen Poinciana trees --but never knew about the pods and how new trees are started. SO---you just pick up those brown pods and stick them in a pot under a bunch of dirt?????? AND--you get that beautiful little tree from that????? WOW--that is incredible...

You are right... We all need to pay more attention to our big ole world out there... There's always something to learn and something to share... Thanks for sharing this with us.


Ginny said...

Wow! so tall just since last summer, and how beautiful!! Kiluea Poetry has pictures of these sometimes, and I love them. We don't have any in this area that I've seen, they probably grow best in Florida. I love your quote at the top of the sidebar, maybe it's been there for awhile and I've missed it?

srp said...

All these tropical plants that just won't quite grow here. I would have to have a huge greenhouse to contain all the plants I would love to have.

Dave said...

very informative post, i like the photos too.

btw, my wife wanted me to thank you for your words of encouragement, she's still in pain but getting better as the day goes by.


Sandra, Great photos and very interesting information. Now that I'm making an effort to read and comments on mores blogs, I'm learning a lot of new things and I don't even have to go back to school! :-)


George said...

This is certainly a fascinating plant. It's amazing that you got this beautiful tree from a single seed pod. Thanks for following this from tree, to blossom, to seed pod.

Stacey Dawn said...

What an interesting plant - it's cool - pretty, too!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is amazing what they sometimes call "dwarf". :)

What a lovely flower it has on it Sandra. I will bet it looks really beautiful when in full bloom.

Snapper11: If he gets it right please let me know and I will send him some of our money too. LOL!!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Don't you love these! Mine could use some TLC.. you know- along with the fert I'd mentioned! They are so gorgeous and easy to grow from the old brown pods:)-