I should have learned by now that plants are almost as tenacious as I am when it's almost noon and I'm still in search of my first cup of coffee.

It doesn't happen often, but over the weekend, it did, and that was all I could think about until I got my first, then second, and finally third cup. In fact, not having coffee until so late in the day happens so infrequently that I'm still remembering that inhumane hardship I had to endure, marveling at my ability to survive through such a debilitating circumstance.

The plants in my apartment face similar struggles in their lives, caused by my overattention or neglect, depending upon the plants' placement, the composition of the soil they're planted in, and the time I have to care for my garden. Often, these factors combine to take down otherwise healthy plants that should have had a long, bright road ahead. Occasionally, however, a plant's tenacity allows it to overcome the intermittent care it receives until I notice it doing something and attend to it better.

For example, I had pretty much written off my Amorphophallus konjac months ago. In August or so, the leaf on each of my two corms withered, I let the corms dry out for a few weeks, and I stuck them in pots and watered them infrequently. The frequency decreased even further over the months that the corms remained dormant, but I kept up the watering on the off-chance that they might pop up. Yesterday, I noticed this! Maybe it's a flower this time instead of just a leaf?

I also noticed this--my Ornithogalum caudatum seed I collected in November and sowed a few weeks ago had germinated in vermiculite, so I transplanted them yesterday into some potting mix, along with an underground offset of Agave victoriae-reginae that fell off when I was repotting the parent plant after the severe mealy bug/scale/etc. issues I've had with it. The soil had been wet for a great deal of time because of that treatment, but I wanted (for some reason) to keep the plant alive, despite the fact that it looks horribly ugly right now. But if this underdeveloped offset doesn't die, I might have an alternative to saving the mother plant. I could also just get a new one--it's not like they're terribly expensive at the local cactus and succulent society show and sale, but I prefer to keep every plant I get alive instead of giving up and getting a prettier one.

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One Response to Surprises

  1. I took a little onion baby bulb from a parent plant at a local greenhouse - it was like octomom X100!
    Do i just pop this little thing into some soil and hope for the best or is there a method to this?



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