Gardening Resolutions #5


This resolution is sort of an offshoot of Monday’s resolution to stop falling in love with shrubs. This is not the plant I wanted. I wanted a Norfolk Island Pine. In retrospect, it’s better that I didn’t find one in a size that I wanted to buy (I won’t even go into the reasons for that!)

But I did this same thing last year. I bought a little evergreen–which, by the way, is not intended to live indoors, even in my chilly house. I nursed it all the way through the winter. And then we got into March and the thing promptly succumbed to something. I think it was shortly after I had re-potted it because it was woefully pot-bound but I never re-pot in the dead of winter.

In any event, I have done the same thing–I have bought a completely inappropriate plant for the house. The tag says it will grow to 8-15 feet! So that indicates it’s definitely it’s an outdoor plant–but not in my climate. However, I suspect that just like last year it will succumb to something–perhaps the mites that seem to be affecting some other things in my collection this year–well before I can re-pot it and get it outdoors for the summer.

Perhaps next year, I will just content myself with my bulbs!

4 thoughts on “Gardening Resolutions #5

  1. John Hric January 11, 2019 / 11:11 am

    There are lots of plants out there that fit into this category. Right until you try to grow them in your house. It gets difficult to hug a big cactus and move it in and out of the house. Nobody ever said getting wise would be easy.

  2. gardendaze January 11, 2019 / 11:23 am

    Oh my gosh, John, you are so right! I’ve never tried to move big cacti, but I have a huge ficus benjaminii that’s much to big to move anymore. It shows up in the edges of my photos once in a while–I think it was in the amaryllis one on Wednesday. So clearly, I have a problem with this and I’m not getting wise anytime soon!


  3. tonytomeo January 11, 2019 / 11:32 pm

    Oh, a little Chamaecyparis! Those are such delightful evergreen shrubs. Unfortunately, they are uncommon here. They stay proportionate to compact gardens. Norfolk Island pine eventually gets quite big, and can not be pruned for confinement without disfigurement. They make nice houseplants of course.

  4. gardendaze January 12, 2019 / 6:49 am

    It’s definitely better than the chartreuse Leyland cypress that I managed to kill last year. I am not sure what I thought I could do with that! If it survives me, I will try to transition it outdoors early and see whether it survives that. Sigh.


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