Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday flowers

Guys, we have a house plant. It was a Christmas gift and so far it is still alive and hasn't been watered or anything. I haven't had to start reading gardening books.

agave
{agave}

I'm tentatively calling it a success. But I'm refusing to get too attached. I've killed enough orchids over the years to know a thing or two about that.

21 comments:

  1. Oh I have one of these. I generally find succulents easiest to care for, so you should be good (an exception is Jade... I repeatedly kill those).

    Love this photograph too. Have a great weekend!

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  2. This desert gardener says: WELL DONE, giver of agave houseplant.

    And here's the best part: It will tell you if it needs water if you've forgotten for a few weeks, and in a few months it will sprout BABY AGAVES. Pull the whole plant out of the pot, dig out the baby (careful with the roots) and replant both. Kinda like the kumbucha mother and her spawn, but better.

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  3. Yes! That was the first plant I was able to keep alive. I had to use a water bulb (blown glass with a long tube that you tuck into the planter which waters it when necessary) because I've killed cacti before.
    Now we've adopted Lazarus, the Japanese peace lilly.

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  4. it's very beautiful, and it somehow seems less high maintenance than an orchid. good work so far!

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  5. wowza. looking good. rooting for longevity!

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  6. I think they chose the right plant to give you. I have one and even though I can't even remember the last time I watered it, it is still going strong. I think that is going to be a hard one to kill!

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  7. here goes nothing! which is pretty much all you have to do for that little guy! ;)

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  8. One of my new year's goals was to put a plant in the house, but I'm similarly skeptical. At least I will enjoy decorating the vase...
    Bisous,
    Rachel
    lovealamode.wordpress.com

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  10. Succulents are the best! They're pretty much impossible to kill, too. And orchids are disappointing sometimes, since they only bloom for a couple months out of the year. So if it's "dead," that's normal!

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  12. I think it might be an Aloe.... is it sort of fleshy & bendy a little? Either way, it's a great gift!

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  13. Funny, the only plants I have ever managed to keep alive for any amount of time are Orchids, and I have had some of mine for over 10 years! You just give them a cup of water every week or so when they are blooming, and every 2-4 weeks or so when they are not. They like some nourishment when they are blooming, but it is not really necessary to buy special Orchid fertilizer, I just pop in one of those fertilizer sticks whenever I remember, and cut off any dry stalks when they have stopped blooming. Orchids might be dormant for months and even years, just yesterday I found that the poor little Orchid that travelled with me through a snow storm for two days has finally started to bloom again after more than 12 months of hibernation (or sulking after having been so badly treated, as one of my friends put it). Good luck with your agave.
    Mims

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  14. succulents are supposed to be super easy to care for and I killed two of them. I'm officially Black Thumbed

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  15. i've killed every plant i have ever had....
    everyone keeps saying that succulents are super easy, but i haven't wanted to try. you are giving me hope!!
    michelle

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  16. Now that's my kind of plant! I have killed so many plants over the years that my husband won't let me buy anymore!

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  17. Bravo! I'm impressed--that aloe plant just loves you, that's it :)

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  18. I'm so bad at plants! The last one I had I killed by over-watering because I was so nervous about not giving it enough. So sad! I decided my new strategy is to think about them as quarterly investments. Keeping it alive for three months and then getting a new one seems like a fairly reasonable goal. Good luck with yours!

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  19. Thats just because orchids are fussy. I am much better with the tree type plants. My apartment doesn't get much direct sun...

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