Goings On

Although I had a seemingly similar plant-update post earlier this week (eine Pflanzenfortschreibung, in my made-up German), those were all somewhat seasonally related. These updates are really timeless--they only happen to coincide with other plants that are trying to trick me into believing that the weather will be getting nice soon.

Either way, both types of plant updates make me excited, because they mean that something's happening other than plant deaths and bug infestations!

For example, the Syngonium cutting I took from my sister's plant after Thanksgiving dinner is rooted, potted, and sending up new leaves! Also in this pot? A mystery seed that germinated. One never knows what one will find in repurposed soil from The Indoor Garden(er)...!

The Synadenium grantii I received in a trade has gone through cycles of pretty good growth followed by periods of intense leaf drop and refoliating. I can't figure it out--the plant has received pretty much the same care since I got it, except that one time I snipped off the growing tip because of the mealy bugs and kept it in the bathroom for a few weeks with the other plants in quarantine... But really, besides that, it's had the same amount of light, temperature, watering... Well... At least an unvarying variation in these conditions! It would probably behoove me to stick it in a slightly larger pot.

I had a sweet potato in a bag in my kitchen for a few months, apparently. I kept buying new ones to cook and forgot this one underneath the bag of red potatoes. So when I found it, the tip had sprouted a few "eyes." I chopped the tip off and cooked the rest of the sweet potato. I stuck the tip in some water in a little sauce dish, but it didn't do anything except get a little mouldy. Because I don't know how to take a hint, I removed it from the water and just stuck it in a container with some potting soil. A few days later, the first stem shot up out of the soil, followed shortly by another, and another, and more and more!

The small plant is bushy and healthy-looking, for now. In a few weeks, I could easily pot it up and maybe encourage it to grow up the shelving unit. Maybe if I buy a cubic-foot bag of potting soil to plant this in, I could just have that as my "container" and grow the sweet potatoes indoors? I wonder how the spider mites would like them...?

Did I ever feature my Aechmea fasciata when it decided to make an offshoot months and months ago? Did I ever mention having it other than in the almost-a-year-out-of-date plant list? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding "No!" I initially bought this plant as a celebration for reaching some sort of weight goal, but I don't really remember what or when, unfortunately. It must have been a busy time of year...and now that I think that it must have been a busy time of year, I remember buying it at Garden District before a meeting with a bar manager for a Pride Green fundraiser event, so it must have been March or early April 2010. It could have been to celebrate my 75-lb-lost-since-joining-Weight-Watchers milestone at the end of March last year, but that was an erratic period of ups and downs, so maybe it was that week that I lost seven pounds. Who knows why I bought it?

Anyway, months ago, this plant starting sending out a pup (on the right). Now, that pup is more like a pitbull--the pointed ends of the leaves always poke me when I'm bending near it or sidling by it (it's behind the couch in my new apartment layout, which you'll get to see [partially] later this week!).

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One Response to Goings On

  1. As a native German speaker, I really like your creative use of the language... Pflanzenfortschreibung sounds entirely like the the sort of word one comes across in German scholarly writing.
    The sweet potato plant really looks great but spider mites might indeed become a problem if you have to keep it in sight. So far all attempts of mine to keep sweet potatoes - or any other member of the morning glory family - going inside for more than two months or so has ended in a spider mite apocalypse.



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