More Pandan Propagation before Winter comes

Another cold front is coming, temperature is now down to 68°F/20°C, and tonight it is forecasted to get to as low as 44°F/7°C.  In preparation for winter & possible frost I think it’s time to cut the young Pandan plants (Pandanus Amaryllifolius) free from the mother plant… so far 20 are matured enough to gain independence.

Young Pandan

Young Pandan still attached to the mother plant

More young Pandan

More young Pandan

In case anyone is curious as to how I select ones to be cut free & re-potted/cultivated, I check & follow the root flow to ensure it has reached and gone into the soil with at least 1 thick aerial root. This ensures that it is used to feeding itself & is strong enough to survive.

Roots which have gone into soil

Roots which have gone into soil


Once cut off, I will leave them in water for 48 hours (indoors, since it’s getting chilly) and then decide if I want to plant them in pots to share with friends & thrift stores or allow them to grow in water for a month or 2.

In a pot of water, going into the garage

In a pot of water, going into the garage




Many are probably wondering why I (& perhaps other Asians) are so obsessed with the Pandan Plant. Well, I use it in the wardrobe & the bathroom as it repels cockroaches, in the car as bug repellent and air freshener and as a herb and food wrap when baking & cooking. A simple “knot of leaves” while cooking plain white rice enhances its flavor 10 fold.


Pandan while cooking rice

Pandan while cooking rice

It is simply Mother Nature’s gift of many uses. Read this link for more information and if you are really curious about its chemical & repellent compound & strength, read this study done by researchers from the National University of Singapore.

(Yes, it is commonly used in Singapore taxis as a natural bug repellent & air fragrancer, cheap & natural … in Singapore, that is.)


6 responses to “More Pandan Propagation before Winter comes

  1. Jeffery MacEachern

    What sort of fertilizer and fertilizing schedule do you use for your pandan? I’m a novice gardener growing some indoors in Vancouver,and I haven’t killed them yet, but I’m not quite sure how to care for them.


    • In soil, I use a small bit of bonemeal, epsom salt & some coffee grounds (from my percolator) once a fortnight. They are slow growing in winter, even indoors, so I go easy on feeding them. Come summer when they take off, I water with very diluted sea weed extract once a week.


  2. Great post. Well done on the propagation. Can I know where did you find the pandan plant from? Do you know of a nursery that you would be able to recommend? I’m thinking of getting one for the backyard but not sure where to look.


    • 1 of the best places to try getting pandan plants are Asian grocery stores in your area. They sometimes act as consignment stores for local gardeners, which means the plants there are usually acclimatized already. You can also find them on ebay. Are you in the US?


      • The ones I ordered from Singapore last year ended up dying, but I got a much more healthy one in the mail the other day… if you’re in Canada or the US you can try Flora Exotica (on eBay or through their site). They ship out of Quebec or New York and the plants come already established in a small pot. I haven’t had any luck finding any vendors in Western Canada except for old reports of independent shops occasionally bringing some in. Good luck!

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