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Mar. 4th, 2014

09:59 am - Oops

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I dunno about you, but I have a plant that I call an indicator plant. It's always the first one to droop when it needs watering, but bounces right back as if nothing happened when you finally give it some. Thus, it indicates when it's time to water the houseplants. This is not it:



I guess I might have been a bit distracted lately.

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From:ghost_light
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear...
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From:tatjna
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure it'll be ok. But having said that, I haven't checked it since I watered it.. oh dear.
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From:ghost_light
Date:March 4th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
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How is he doing?
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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Standing back up, luckily. ;-) I think I am forgiven.
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From:ghost_light
Date:March 4th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Yay!!!
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From:susandennis
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Pothos

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pothos/pothos-plant-care.htm

They are the perfect canary house plant. They can look like they are dead and ready for burial. Give 'em a little drink and they perk right up like nothing ever happened.

Outside of a $4 12" 'Christmas' tree, all I have left in the house are Pothos. I love them and they love me.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I don't even know the name of my indicator plant. It's got deep pink leaves with hot pink veins and it seems to rely on water for its turgidity because it droops faster than anything, but just won't die. I love it. ;-)
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From:susandennis
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
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:)
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From:roobarb
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
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my rubber plant is my last warning too :)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I don't think I've ever got it to that level of sadness before. ;-)
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From:roobarb
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
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he does look depressed

My first one got burnt by the sun one year, I cried I felt so guilty.

It died the year we were flooded, it survived for a long time but the extremes were just too much for it
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From:tatjna
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
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This one's had quite a life too. I inherited it from a friend who claims to not be all that good at houseplants but mostly just suffered from low light conditions. Since then it's been baked, soaked, walloped, and drowned. And moved house three times. Seems to still be doing ok though.

Rubber plants are tough!
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I have one too! I was just watering mine today and thinking about how I use it as my warning system.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
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They're a good thing to have! ;-)
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From:nick_101
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Those plants look sad.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 3rd, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
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That corner is my hospital, where all the ones that need a bit of warmth and light end up. The zebra plant actually looks way happier than it has for a while, and the peace lily is recovering from being in a dim corner.

The rubber plant has no excuse. Except that I forgot to water it...
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From:decemberthirty
Date:March 3rd, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
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My mother has a big rubber plant that she's had for decades. I think they're pretty hardy. Hope yours will bounce back just fine! Regardless, I like seeing this photo because it reminds me of my mother's...
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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
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I have a winter-flowering cactus that is at least 40 years old - I know what you mean! ;-)
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From:meri_sielu
Date:March 3rd, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear... don't worry, I'm awful at remembering to water the 2 houseplants I have too. How my peacelilly is still alive I don't know! X.x
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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
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I'm not normally this bad! But the weather lately has been particularly drying and I'm quite distracted right now by summery things.
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From:pombagira
Date:March 4th, 2014 01:45 am (UTC)
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Brutus is doing well at my house, he gets the morning sun, and is watered on payday.. aka every two weeks..

yay...

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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
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That's a good way of doing it.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:March 4th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
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I put "water plants" in my calendar. It texts me to remind me every Sunday afternoon.

They still die.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
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Text reminders are only useful if you're in a place where you can action them when they come in. Otherwise they go in one ear and out the other.

That's why the indicator plant is awesome. There is a plant, dying, right in front of me. So I water it, and its friends. ;-)
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From:meathiel
Date:March 4th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
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Poor thing ... you are a bad mummy!!! ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 08:30 am (UTC)
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And the rubber plant is totally rubbing it in, too.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:March 4th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I have a plant like that as well. I also have a reminder in my phone to water at least once a week, because otherwise I'm hopeless!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
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It's quite heartening to find there are so many other people who need 'help' to look after their plants properly. ;-)
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From:kehleyr
Date:March 4th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
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:-)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 4th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
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It's standing back up by itself this morning, so I think I'm forgiven.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 5th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
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I'm laughing at the pothos suggestion. I've killed a couple of them you see...

My best system at the moment involves other people telling me that I need to water my plants when they come over. Or other people taking one look at them and and grabbing my watering can themselves xD

Otherwise I overwater them. There is no middle ground. I have been given yet another aloe plant and so far it has made it past the six month mark!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 5th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
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Isn't it amazing how people who are so good at growing food can be so crap at houseplants? Although, I'm impressed about your aloe. I have one I inherited from Mum that's doing well, but it's an outdoor, Ignore Me type. I've never kept an indoor one alive for long.

Oddly enough, I'm really good at maidenhair ferns, and they are supposed to be hard. Turns out I have a knack for frangipani too. O.o
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 6th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear, I killed aloes outdoors as well in California! I'm quite certain I overwatered the poor dears...

Here celery is supposed to be hard to grow, but I didn't know that when I bought the first set of seedlings. Good thing too, otherwise I might have skipped it. I always land up with so much of it that I have enough to freeze for winter soups and stir fry!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 6th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Meanwhile, my best celery crop was a foot high and had spindly stems of about 1cm. I suspect they might like poo too.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 6th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
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My stems are often not super-super thick, but they did have nice flavour. Little bit tougher than the market, but then I don't blanch them, so I expected that.

The leaves are really good in soup or stir fry too though in case you haven't seen it that way! There is actually a whole class of celery called leaf celery that never really gets stalks. (As in, I've seen better stalk formation on celeriac than leaf celery)
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