We're a Philodendron Family. Not necessarily because of their lush, beautiful foliage--although that's a definite plus--but because They're. Almost. Impossible. To. Kill!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
When College Girl moved into a new place last year, she decided she wanted to spiff it up with some greenery. Trouble was, her dorm room at Larry U. had but one window, which was framed by lovely, shade-bearing trees.
We thought about an English Ivy plant. They grow all over our neck of the woods, and seem like a pretty hardy variety. Turns out we were wrong! We purchased a small plant, transplanted it into a pretty pot, and it had Gone to Meet Its Maker within the month!
Philly to the rescue! I went home and took some cuttings from my Mom's old Philodedron plant, which is about a Gazillion. Years. Old. Seriously, we're talking a Practically Prehistoric Houseplant here (remember, my Mom was the owner of the Seriously Sad Geraniums, which we spruced up with coffee grounds)! I stuck the cuttings in a glass of water, and voilà! College Girl has not just one plant, but two! She's named this Pair of Phillies Oscar and Simon. Don't ask--she wouldn't be able to tell you why. Both plants are thriving, and ready to go back to school, too!
Oscar and Simon were such a hit that The Wild One wants a Philly for her dorm room, too! I've got just the ticket for her--in fact, I'm off to buy a new pot for the latest edition to our Philodendron Family when I finish with this post!
We had so much success on the Philly Front, that I decided it was time to give my Mom's ancient Philodendron a makeover, too. It had been in the same pot for far too long. I happened to be hanging around the hardware store a couple of weeks ago, and found a most appropriate new home for this Philly. And no, this Philodendron doesn't have a name--yet. The before and after shots are pictured above.
Who says you can't get a New Lease On Life? Not I, said the Spider to the Fly...