|Still upright but dead regardless|
Apparently its only requirements are that you never change the soil and never ever water it. If you're diligent in that regard it will grow to extraordinary proportions.
|This plant stretches about 3 feet high and wide and continues to grow.|
It will also sprout pups which you will then have to pot up and find room for.
Spider plants also seem to suffer the same issues as aloe. I just can't kill those things. I remember my mother planting spider plants in her garden and leaving them out there to die in winter. I thought she was heartless, now I understand.
How many spider plants can a girl have really?
Other plants however don't like my talent for neglect. My Christmas cactus looked lovely in November blooming such pretty blooms. Too bad I didn't take a photo then.
|Blooms shrivelled up without water.|
My greatest triumph this season though has to be the moth orchid. I was gifted an orchid once by a former boss and I killed it in short order. I resisted purchasing them after that but a couple years ago I kept seeing orchids on other blogs and I thought, well maybe I could try just once more. So home came a little chartreuse number that bloomed for months but then started looking a little weary. I swore I wouldn't give up on this plant so I did some reading, repotted it and added a pebble filled tray for water.
|The water filled tray provides a little extra humidity|
It has done much better since, growing new leaves but no flowers until now. (Thank you Kate for telling me about fertilizer!)
I have counted 15 buds on this new stem and I'm thrilled. There will be beautiful yellow blooms to keep me company this winter.