It happened like this.
Hubby yells at me from piano room 'what happened to your plants?'
I come to look and find this
(very sorry for the truly awful photos folks, it was late and all I could find was the camera phone)
|Help! We have a tomato down!|
I immediately ran for the watering can and came racing back and frantically started pouring water into the tray. 'I FORGOT!!!!'
Now, for any spouses who might be reading this, this is NOT the way to respond
hubby says 'now why did you do that?'
I have spent the last 8 weeks nurturing these seedlings. They are my babies and I was seriously distraught. And I might add, armed with a full watering can. He quickly ran from the room. But the question is actually a good one. Why the heck didn't I water my plants?
It's true, I'm not very good with house plants in general. I do tend to forget about watering. But I love my seeds and at the end of winter, when I haven't seen green in months, starting seeds is extremely exciting. When I first plant my seeds I don't miss a second to peek in, add some water and check on their growth. But after two months of monitoring plants the weather has warmed up, the garden is beckoning and frankly, the shine has worn off. I start to forget.
|These basil plants shriveled in on themselves from lack of water|
Most of my plants have now recovered but I would not recommend duplicating my actions. Coming back from the brink of death is hard on a plant and their health has now been compromised. They might make it through the season but I wouldn't be surprised to see these plants suffer later on, either attacked by bugs or catching disease. Better to maintain healthy plants from seed to maturity and give them the best chance for survival.