Sunday, October 23, 2011

Signs of life

In a previous post, I documented my plants' failing health. Since then, my once-vibrant houseplants continued to deteriorate:

Woolly Pocket #1: Jade and Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Woolly Pocket #2: Spoon Jade, Holiday Cactus, and Aloe Vera

If you look at earlier photos of my jade, and compare them to the sad picture above, you'll likely notice that, in addition to the plant no longer having any leaves, a large section of its tallest branch has actually fallen off. As this particular plant is rather dear to me (a gift from my mom), I thought its fallen limbs deserved a proper sea burial, so I laid them to rest in the Gulf Stream during our last sail:

Farewell...

What remained of my plants wasn't exactly pretty:

Rotting jade leaves

Shriveled spoon jade

Shriveled and wilted spoon jade

Dehydrated holiday cactus

However, as I began photographing my plants' unsightly state, I discovered something remarkable and unexpected--signs of life! I noticed tiny little buds sprouting from within the cracks of the wilting branches of my large jade:




Two weeks later, these same buds are now flourishing:



This rejuvenation wasn't confined to just the large jade. My other plants, too, experienced a rebirth. Although the spoon jade remains a hopeless shriveled mess, its Woolly Pocket roommates have sprung back to life. New aloe vera stems have begun to surface, and the holiday cactus is looking heartier by the day:



So how did I manage to turn my plants' health around in just a matter of weeks? Simple--I moved my plants to our aft cockpit (out of sight) and ignored them (out of mind)! Unlike some people who have green thumbs, I have what is best described as a "death thumb." Essentially, the greater role I play in the survival of my plants, the less likely they are to live. Thankfully, with my plants located far from the reach of my death thumb, nature was able to take its course and restore my plants' health (at least for 4 of my 5 plants). Proof yet again that I chose wisely in selecting a career that didn't involve either agriculture or healthcare.

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