Hello hot chocolatiers, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here.

My Experts are on a holiday break. Let’s admire their adorableness:


And move on to the puzzler.

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if these plants were real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Let’s see how you answered:

Charlie Hebert wrote, “Mmmmm… Trail Mix!!! Thanks Liza!
This week, Real again. Have a Love/Hate relationship going on with one right now..”

Alissa wrote, “Real lucky bamboo, fake flowers!! I know you are not fond of lucky bamboo… I recall a certain blog of yours LOL. I really do enjoy them though and just rip the fake flowers off of them ;) .”

She added, “Oh!! And BEAUTIFUL blog in contrast to the horrific event flooding today’s news and social media sites. Those blooming and baby jades made me warm and fuzzy inside.”

Tom from Midwestern Jungle wrote, “fakereal. The “bamboo” is real, the orchids not so much. As for your jades, the blooming on them is kind of special. One of my friends at school researched the blooming on jades and found out they’re obligate long AND short day (meaning they have to be exposed to natural day length year round in order to bloom unlike say…poinsettias which are only obligate short day and can be tricked into blooming twice a year if you’re really bored).”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “I can only repeat what’s been said before, real “bamboo”, fake flowers.

I really should bring my camera with me all the time, missed a perfect puzzler pic a while ago. And now it’s too cold to go visit garden centres (the streets are icy, so no cycling).”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “The dracaenas (lucky bamboo) are real but the flowers are not.

Those jade plants are gorgeous, and I love the baby jades. So small and yet in bloom; how cute is that!”

Carmen wrote, “I thought orchids always grew on lucky bamboo…are you saying it doesnt?? LOL, very fake flowers on very ugly real lucky bamboo.”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Will the lucky bamboo is real… kinda, because its not real bamboo, its a draceana, but every body insist on calling it a bamboo… of course draceana does bloom, but not like that… so the flowers are fake… im getting a headache. just fake. ok?”

Tina from Canada wrote, “I though about this one for a while. Could this be the rare
“Bambusa fakeus orchidae colorful-are-we” sub-species: depot de casa? For those botanists out there this is very closely related to the sub-species: also, maybe, could be at Lowesia ?

Hey it’s the weekend. Rather than fake it, bake it!!!
Tidings to all.”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “Either that, or the “Luckyus Bamboozleus”, a GM orchid variety that is both easy to grow AND everblooming, originally developed for the silk flower industry.”

Haha, you guys are funny. And perceptive!

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a closer look:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Ooh, those are some fake flowers.

Let’s take another look:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

You’re all so smart! The Dracaena is real and the yellow flowers are fake. The bamboo isn’t bamboo, but it’s alive. Claude, you’re correct that Dracaenas do bloom but they don’t look like that, the blooms are much stickier, too.

The “bamboos” are only lucky for the people who are selling them.

Charlie, you were first to call the Dracaena real, but Alissa was first to guess the “trick” part of the question. So I’m going to call you co-winners today. Good job! For being co-speedy, you’ve earned the following title: Co-Quicksters, Co-Opted, Co-Co-Nuttiest, Co-TrackStarriest, Co-FastLikeLighteningest, Most Co-Operativest, Grand C0-Championests of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond. Congrats to you both! You may multiply all the prizes by 11 1/2 candied cane-shaped Christmas co-co-cookies.

Everyone’s a winner. Well done! For playing, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: One mug of warm apple cider, four Christmas ornaments, 13 extra credit points, peppermint scented potpourri, two small holiday swans, a voucher good for a happy holiday, snow, three cheers and one luminaria tour. Congratulations to you all, and thanks again for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this plant real or fake?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, December 27th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.