A Second Chance x 2…

I really enjoy “rooting” – it’s such a fun and budget friendly way to create new plants. Most recently, the “rooting” process of the center plant (below) took about 2 weeks (time period varies). I planted this rooted piece into a pot that was previously home to a shamrock plant. Unfortunately, I had accidentally and quite brutally killed this sweet shamrock. There was not even the slightest ray of hope for it, it was dead as a door nail. Or so I thought…

Days (maybe even weeks) after the shamrock died and fruitless watering ceased, I decided it was time to remove the dried up remains, but decided to hang onto the soil for a future green fellow. Part of me thought I should throw out the whole thing – maybe the soil was tainted by the previous death? No, I dismissed that thought, put the newly rooted plant into the worn in soil,  and watched it begin to grow…

To my surprise and delight, not only did the new plant grow strong, but what was that I saw? Clovers! Happy little clovers popping their heads out of the soil and now flourishing like never before! Call me crazy, but my thinking turns a little poetic every time I look at this creation – not losing hope, growth in surprising places, 2nd chances, strength in co-existence. I know, pretty deep for plant talk, but what a charming fluke of nature!

To root a plant:

  • Simply pluck off a nice size piece of a healthy plant
  • Put it in enough water to cover the bottom inch or two of the stem (I like to use a clear container so I can easily monitor the growth)
  • Once you spot some significant roots remove it from the water
  • Plant it in some soil in an appropriately sized pot (requires some knowledge/research of the plant’s potential)
  • Provide appropriate amounts of sunlight and water as needed (again, a little knowledge/research here as well)

To revive a dead plant:

  • Plant a new plant in the same soil
  • Don’t expect the old plant to grow back
  • Have a stroke of luck! : )

6 comments

  1. You don’t need to get any of the root – you can just cleanly break off a piece from the stem and then grow new roots! Of course, if you wanted to pluck out a piece of a plant with the roots included then you could skip the “rooting” and go straight to the planting! :)

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