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    Re-potting Plants At Home

    Let me 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 wouldn’t do it, because I believed that plant could live. I’m happy to report that four years later that plant is still alive.

    I now have plants covering my front windowsills. Thanks to Terry’s influence. She’s 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. I’ll 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 it’s outgrown the windowsill.

    Herman and I always make sure to have fresh flowers in the house, but I’ve actually never had a green thumb. As I’m writing this to you, I’m 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 doesn’t sound right, does it?) of which some bloom every year.

    That first plant I was talking about at the beginning of this column is a Christmas cactus, by the way. I wouldn’t actually say that it’s thriving, but it is doing well. Then there are the two Diffenbachia plants (my spell check couldn’t 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 couldn’t pass up and with Terry’s help we’ve managed not to kill them. As soon as she got a hold of them she re-potted them.

    We also 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. She’s the expert in my opinion. And I have all the plants to prove it.

    "Kathryn 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"