Wednesday, October 30, 2013
More than 45 years ago, when I was a young wife and first-time mother, a friend of my mother's gave me a large hoya which she could no longer keep. That plant is with me still and has survived six moves. I've lost count of the number of cuttings I've given friends or donated to plant sales at church. I still have the original plant plus 3 of its offspring. The 3 smaller ones go out on the verandah each summer, but the large one is just too big and heavy, so it sits in a window on a stair landing.
I have lots of other houseplants including African violets (cuttings from the first gift Peter gave me, on our 2nd date), English ivy, spider plants, oxalis, Christmas cactus, aloe and the bane of my existence, kalenchoe.
I read an article a year or so ago about kalenchoe, and there are many beautiful varieties, but mine always get leggy and then lose their leaves. Not enough sun? Too much water? Both? Neither? Before I toss them, I'd appreciate any advice.
Do you have houseplants with a story? What are your favourites, and what kind give you more trouble than they are worth?
Thanks for reading,