Pandan plants, or to use its horticultural name ~ Pandanus Amaryllifolius ~ simply love Florida spring weather. They just come alive!
I got an e-mail enquiring about my Pandan which kind of reminded me to do a close check, which in turn got me “freeing” and repotting some Pandan “babies”. (Suddenly I know what else to grow along the border of my small ongoing Garden Project.)
The little plants on the side have developed firm aerial roots and are ready for re-potting.
To ensure strong root growth development, upon cutting off, dip them in root hormone powder and plant in potting mix laced with some coffee-grounds. From my experience, coffee-grounds, with so much nitrogen, actually gives the young-transplants a growth boost.
Place the pot in some water and allow it to absorb as much as needed then remove excess water after about 2 hours.
During winter, I leave “babies” untouched on their mother plants no matter how big they grow to, in case of frost and chill fronts. Today, I see thick aerial roots but they too will be leaving their mothers.
These matured “babies” are the ones that can be kept in water for about a month to develop nice clean roots (to avoid bugs). Bug-free roots make them excellent for pots indoors* by a window or door for some mild sunshine.
*Note: You need clean potting mix IF you choose to plant indoors and stay bug-free.
To develop roots in water, do avoid direct sunlight, especially noon sun, or their roots can actually get sunburned, and it is very important to change the water in their container every 3 days to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
With lots of trimming and cutting, what better time to make some Pandan Pesto?! Excellent for rice, cakes, puddings and even in green tea.