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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)