if your Plants were out living People lives....
... what might they be doing?
My B. semperflorens & the oldest A. vera could go to a bar together, but the Aloe would certainly get carded, since it looks very young for its age. The P. scandens would have a Bachelor's degree, maybe even be doing some post-grad work.
The F. elastica could see an R-rated movie in the theater & the F. benjamina could probably get in too; it has a pretty thick trunk. The Schlumberga could buy smokes, but would get carded & might get thrown out of the store.
My C. comosum could drive the D. marginata, Monstera, Schefflera & C. elegans to a PG-13 movie. The new - :] - Aglaonema might be able to get in too; I think it might be tall for its age at 24"+. Maybe I'm over-estimating? I don't know just HOW slow they grow...
The oldest Epipremnum could probably drive the youngest around, but would have to change their diapers.
My newly adopted Aloe would be the biggest kid in the same preschool class with the Jade, the Pachira & possibly the Clivia - maybe its been held back once or twice?
The also new-ish adoptees Hylocereus & C. esculenta would probably be in grade school... the Hylocereus might even be in middle school with the P. erubescences.
My avocado, Spathiphyllum & C. amaniense "Fire Flash" (also new - thanks honey!) would all be in diapers, but certainly walking & getting into stuff.
I'd be visiting the headstones of B. rex "escargot," the grapefruit I planted after finding it sprouting in my breakfast (it DID make it to 10 though), several African violets & ferns, a quite mature Jade (it was older than me at the time - over watering, sigh), some ivies (hard to believe, but yes), an orchid (wood-heated cabin in the PNW forest was just too cold) & those are just the ones I remember!
So obviously my care regime isn't *brutal*, but I think I would categorize it somewhere between casual interest & benign neglect.
Now that I'm motivated to be a more responsible parent (the People-lives was just a hook, but I really am curious, so tell your stories!), I have some serious questions:
1. I've finally (!!) found some 3-1-2 fertilizer & I've the impression that "weakly, weekly" means about 1/4 strength, but is that too high for winter? (Everyone is in a warm room with southern exposure & putting out foliage.) When do I move up to regular strength - if ever? I'm asking because:
2. I want to prepare everyone to be repotted in about 6 months & give root pruning a try. Anyone have a favorite link to a good article on that? Or want to speak to it (probably AGAIN) on this thread? Should it be done annually?
3. And then do some top pruning! When is a good time for that? Is it different with woody plants like the Ficus & Scheff than "softer" plants like the Begonia? I want to induce back-budding in the woody plants, but encourage the Epi & little green Phil to do some climbing. And what about the Monstera & red Phil? The Phil is climbing, but scrawny. Again, anyone have any favorite links they'd like to share? Or, please feel free to spout off here :P
4. Wow, what a long post! I apologize if you're tired... I also just realized that there are about a 100 key-words in it, so it will probably show up in every single search from here on out!