Plants At Home
begin by first telling you that before my aide, Terry, came
here, I only had one plant. Which, might I add, was on its
very last leg. Anyone that saw that plant suggested that I
throw it away rather than perpetuate its misery. I wouldnt
do it, because I believed that plant could live. Im
happy to report that four years later that plant is still
have plants covering my front windowsills. Thanks to Terrys
influence. Shes brought cuttings as well as whole plants
from her collection at home. It started with a small aloe
plant when she found I had nothing for a burn on my arm. Ill
have you know that particular aloe plant was a cutting from
hers and now that aloe plant has been re-potted since it was
overgrowing the pot it was in (along with the three little
aloes that have sprouted since it came here). That aloe now
sits on the floor as its outgrown the windowsill.
and I always make sure to have fresh flowers in the house,
but Ive actually never had a green thumb. As Im
writing this to you, Im glancing over at the windowsills
and noticing ten plants. Terry brought a huge palm tree that
also sits on the floor by the windowsill. It is as tall as
Herman, which is about six feet tall. I have an array of Christmas
cacti (that just doesnt sound right, does it?) of which
some bloom every year.
first plant I was talking about at the beginning of this column
is a Christmas cactus, by the way. I wouldnt actually
say that its thriving, but it is doing well. Then there
are the two Diffenbachia plants (my spell check couldnt
seem to decide about this one) that sit beside the palm tree.
Herman and I found them at Price Chopper on sale for a two-for-one
price that we couldnt pass up and with Terrys
help weve managed not to kill them. As soon as she got
a hold of them she re-potted them.
have some other cactus that I bought, a jade tree that Terry
brought and Terry brought yet another cactus in a beautiful
pot. Most of the pots I have gotten are brick red clay pots.
There was one cutting I got which Terry said we should put
in water. We did so until it grew some roots. We then potted
that one. Terry has walked me through buying potting soil
as well as how to resist over watering your plants. Shes
the expert in my opinion. And I have all the plants to prove
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"