Thursday, March 5, 2009

Stayin' Alive

Despite what Tiffany may think, I thought I had really strong plant care abilities, I still believe I do with the right plant ;)

In January Quinn and I purchased these 2 plants, one a Majesty Palm, the other a Yucca Cane. The Majesty Palm likes humidity, partial sun and water, water, water. The Yucca Cane likes it dry, pretty much water every 2 weeks. The Majesty was FULL of branches and green when we initially bought it. We have central heating and air in our place, there is always a breeze, the Majesty was in the breeze all the time, likely drying it out. The fonds of the Majesty like to be misted frequently...my bad. I've done some research and found the Majesty's are really difficult indoor plants to keep alive. I pruned it as you can see below, trimmed all the dead off (reminding me of a certain Ontario individual who's inclined to prune plants to the core ;) . Quinn wants it to go, but I want to give it a little longer, see what it will do. Apparently the Areca palm is much hardier, if the Majesty doesn't hold out, I might try to replace it with an Areca.



Yucca Cane is so far doing well, I should do my research on that one now before something happens.

6 comments:

Tiffany said...

LYLA: Hey Tiffany, look at the plants I bought at MCC for only $0.25 each!!
TIFFANY: Uh, yeeaahhh...

Imagine my delight at the little Styrofoam coffee cups of dead plants littering our apartment. The poor nearly-deceased things would be all shriveled and wilted except for one tiny green nub or leaf and Lyla would be convinced she could somehow save them.

Unfortunately . . .

And I really like how you begin this post with all the reasons why your plant isn't meant to survive inside before telling us that you're killing it. Sounds like something I would do.

AND, if Quinn wins the battle on getting rid of that plant, bring it over here! If you're going to toss it anyway I'll take a shot at resurrecting it, my sun room has LOTS of sun!

PS - my plants really like a couple of drops of miracle grow added to the water before I water them!

Q&L said...

oh Tiffany...we did add fertilizer when we first brought them home, suppose I should be doing that stuff monthly.

Tiffany said...

I use the liquid stuff. It works pretty good - I let the plants sit around and shrivel up for a while, then I blast them with water and fertilizer and they're okay!

Ange said...

I don't think anyone can save my poor poor plant. I too have a Yucca Cane that I loved, when it was living. I pulled out one of the stumps today and Jeff noticed that it had bugs eating it on the inside. Maybe I didn't kill it after all, it was the bugs! (at least that's what I'll tell myself)

Hope you have better luck with your plants than I did!

Q&L said...

Oh gross, I'll have to watch those bugs. i know the majesty is prone to spider mites, but I didn't notice any of that, so I don't know why its decided to die on me.

Hes... said...

I have trouble keeping my plants looking lush too. Usually forget about them till they start turning brown then I remember I havent watered them in 2 weeks. Opps...