Putting A Plant In Your Will?

Most wills include money for children and grandchildren. Some even leave money for the care of pets. But plants?

Philodendron

Philodendron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Strange is it may seem, that has now happened.

A woman in Pennsylvania has set aside $5,000 in her will so that a friend can take care of her huge philodendron after her death, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.

Some plants can live 70 years or more. And it can cost plenty to care for and feed them.

The plant named as a beneficiary in Ronna Scoratow’s will is 42 years old. It has outlived her other companions, including a cat, dogs and a bird.

She said she realizes the plant will outlive her, and her siblings are not interested in plants. She has no children. So she is leaving the money to a friend to take care of the plant.

The plant was a foot tall when she got it in 1972. Now, it is so big it cost $370 to move it the last time she changed residences.

She has many other plants but has not made arrangements for them to be cared for. She said she has a special love for the philodendron because she has had it the longest.

Her lawyer said it was the first time he had ever included money to care for a plant in a will.

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