We’re all guilty of this sometime, aren’t we? By “this,” I mean neglecting a house plant a little bit too long when it really needs re-potting.
In my case, when I regularly speak and blog about house plants, I really should know better–particularly in the case of this “lucky bamboo,” (which, as we all know is really just a form of dracena, right?)
As you’ll notice by the pot to its right, and the mass of tangled roots/stones/water holding gel, this poor plant was long overdue. I am not even sure that I transplanted it in time to save it. We shall see.
But this is the finished result. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Those things are weird anyway. I think that neglecting it is not as bad as what was done to it to get it to look like that in the first place. I would guess that it would recover. It does not seem to be all that bad off.
I think what’s even weirder are some of the ideas that we have about them–that for example plants will grow indefinitely in tiny pots (that part is fine–that art is called bonsai–but of course that’s not what was happening here) in just water.
And then for awhile there was the idea that you couldn’t buy a “lucky” bamboo for yourself because it was unlucky. Now that’s weird!
As for any one plant being weird, as I always say, if we all liked the same thing, we’d have a very boring world. But I too have plants that I wouldn’t own.