Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I'm really, really good with plants, indoors and out. When I was younger I used to pick up "dead" plants from dumpsters and bring them back to full and luscious beauty. Sure some didn't make it but I never got upset over failures - a failed plant is just an open space to try something new!
Now I buy nice looking plants from the get go and expect high performance - growth, bloom, both. And when something doesn't work I still usually shrug it off - I'm always finding news stuff I want to try and a plant that isn't looking good provides me with an open slot for something new.
A few weeks ago I was in a garden center and spotted this gorgeous beauty!
Big, lush, bicolor foliage with a background of my favorite chartreuse green, accented by a darker green. Yum!
I bought it (even though it was kind of on the big size and I didn't really have a good spot for it), brought it home, and watched it begin to loose leaf after leaf after leaf.
So I went looking for answers - Google here I come.
First off, it was labeled an Aglaonema but the more looking I did the more I became convinced it's a Dieffenbachia. Aglaonema are nearly indestructible, Dieffenbachia can be problematic (some strains seem to be easy, others difficult).
I tried moving it to a different spot, away from the radiator, with different light conditions, and tried different watering conditions. Still loosing leaves. So I took a good hard look under those leaves and found - BUGS!
[as a biologist I know that they aren't in the True Bug Family but you know what I mean]
So now it's decision time. Do I try to salvage a plant that's already lost half of it's leaves (in less than a month!), that I don't have a good location for and is infected or do I chuck it in the compost bin? Most times the answer is easy - compost bin - but this is one of the most gorgeous plants I've ever seen and when I've tried to get a firm ID (to buy a new healthy one, maybe?) my Google-Fu has failed.
Where's my Logee's catalog - surely they have a good replacement plant so I don't feel so... so... disappointed.
Posted by Diana at Garden on the Edge at 9:46 AM