Feather And Leaf In My Book

I wonder how many of you ever try or believed that by feeding a feather with pencil shavings, it will grow and reproduce. I did! When I was in primary school, my classmates and I used to keep those beautiful colored feathers in books and fed them with pencil shavings.

When I tell this to my primary 4 daughter, she wanted to try it. After 2 months, there is still no sight of a new born feather…I remember it did reproduce when I was in primary school or my eyesight something wrong…hehe.

Another thing I used to keep in my books is ‘落地生根’ (pronunced as LuòDìShēnɡGēn) or Bryophyllum pinnatum leaf. I used to tear a leaf off from my godmother pot of 落地生根. After some time, roots will grow from the leaf! To a primary school boy, this seem to be a miracle!

So what other things you keep in your books besides bookmarks?


12 Responses to “Feather And Leaf In My Book”

  1. 1 Alex G Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Can’t remember growing feathers in a book, but I used to keep the same kind of leaf too. My mum told me it’s called “nail grass”, translated from the Chinese words “tie ding chao”.

  2. 2 Philip Chew Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Keeping a feather in a book and fed it with pencil shavings is something new to me. Not even during my children’s time when they were in school. But, I do remember keeping a Bryophyllum leaf in a book until new roots spouted out at the edges of the leaf. The plant was quite common in the kampong behind my house.

  3. 3 Lam Chun See Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I used to keep the silvery leaf of the Elephant Climber (Argyreia nervosa) in my book. Picture here

  4. 4 yg Monday, February 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    i don’t remember placing feathers between the pages but the bryophyllum leaves, yes. used to marvel how they could grow without soil and water.
    bryophyllum plants are very easy to propagate. at one time, i used to have more than 50 small pots of them.

  5. 5 Salimu Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!


  6. 6 laokokok Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I’m surprised that even keeping feathers in book and feeding with pencil shaving is not known to Philip’s generation…maybe it became popular only during my time. But I did came across some blogs mentioning about it.

  7. 7 jiayin Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Hi,I’m looking for this plant – 落地生根 that you have mentioned in ur blog, do you know where can I get in Singapore? Thanks in advance.

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  10. 10 Daphne Lee Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    OMG my classmates and I used to feed pencil shavings to feathers too. I’m glad we weren’t the only nutty ones in Segamat, Johor!

  11. 11 Prarthana Banerjee Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Omg! I also used to keep colourful feathers and they did grow smaller ones. I didn’t feed them pencil shaving though. I was just telling my mom and she said I was crazy lol. Glad to know I am not insane.

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