It’s mid spring and I’m back to my gardening pursuits; hopelessly optimistic that THIS is the year of successful blooms. I decided to propagate an indoor Pothos plant that I got from Lowes Hardware store last December. It’s been five months and the stems still look strong and fresh.
In March, it did go through a mini bump with drooping leaves and stems, mainly from neglect. I assumed the plant was dead. I couldn’t believe that a hardy plant like Pothos that is known to be a great beginner’s plant had gotten to this sad state.
The last attempt was transferring it to a new semi-sunny spot and watering it amply. And Pothos is one mighty plant that can withstand neglect and still spring back to full health. The next morning its drooping stems stood upright with revived leaves. We couldn’t believe the transformation that came from a little TLC. So farIt’s doing great near the window and with moist soil. Before it’s watered, I check the soil to feel if it’s too damp, moist, or dry; that helps to determine how much water it needs.
Five months later and I’m upping my gardening challenge with this Pothos plant and propagating some stem cuttings. In my research of how to care for a Lantana plant, I came across a YouTube site about growing new plants from an existing one. I’m always up for a gardening experiment but this could double as our homeschool science lesson too.
I watched several videos, looking up what a node is, how to cut the stems, and learning that that Pothos has aerial roots. Once I felt semi-confident about the process, I made (I mean encouraged) the kids cut stems near the nodes and went on and on about how this encourages new growth, the coolness factor of growing another plant from the mama plant, and replacing the old water with new warm water for an oxygen boost. Enthusiasm level was not as high as I wanted. One day they’ll hopefully remember.
It looks nice in a clear cup as it is and could also be used for decorative purposes. But I digress. The thing to do now is wait patiently, maintain water level, and fully change the water every week or so. We shall wait for the roots to grow before planting them in soil.
Thank you Cee for hosting this FOTD challenge! It’s been a while since I’ve contributed to this challenge…end of school year busyness. Hope you are well and staying healthy.
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