Friday, May 21, 2010

Hydra-what?

More than a year ago, I wrote about how I started an avocado tree from the seed of an avocado that we ate. Unfortunately the avocado tree didn't grow at all in the time since that post. In fact, it looks worse.

Then:



Now:





It may look like bugs are eating the leaves, but that's not the case. The leaves actually started to do this after we moved in the middle of winter. I don't know if plants can get frostbite (disclaimer: sorry if I made anyone believe I'm a botanist) but this thing has been in rough shape ever since. Rob describes it as a zombie plant. It's not quite dead, but it sure doesn't appear to be living.



I reluctantly realized I needed a replacement plant for the large pot that sits on the kitchen island by the sink. Then the stars aligned, and we just happened to wind up next to a local greenhouse during a quick shopping trip. I picked out a hydrangea.



I'm not sure what the little fern-like things are, but Rob picked them out. I planted them all together. Hopefully that's ok. I actually have no idea how to care for one of these things. Again, I'm not a botanist. If you're a botanist or a gardening enthusiast or ... hydrangea farmer, and you're reading this, please comment below and tell me if this thing needs any special care. The wikipedia entry was weak. I admit I only bought it because I was distracted by the prettiness.



I call it Walker, Texas hydranger. Wow, that's a terrible joke. Much worse than my Bonsai Jovi crack. I'm sorry.



Hydranger sure does look nice on my kitchen island. I have my fingers crossed that this plant doesn't become a zombie too. This is my first flowering plant, and that makes me feel like a grown-up. Yee-ah!



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4 comments:

Jessica May 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

Those necrotic tips on the avocado makes me think it's some kind of wilt due to the soil conditions in the pot. Possibly Phytophthora root rot. You might look up soil types preferable to the avocado and I bet you can turn it around.

I'm not a botanist but I work for an ag dept, so I've picked up a lot.

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman May 21, 2010 at 8:31 AM  

I bet you're right! The soil was pretty bad, I must admit. There's no drainage system in that pot. Thanks for the comment!

Linguisticky May 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

What a cute hydrangea. I've never seen one so small! We have tons of them down here; they get to be big and bushy - like 3.5x3.5 feet. You can alter the mineral content of the soil to change the color of the blooms. Pink, blue, purple, even green I think. Although, that website seems to say that you can't do it with white ones...

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner May 22, 2010 at 2:55 PM  

I love hydrangeas! But I would have no idea how to care for them either :( In fact, I think I'm killing the houseplants we bought not too long ago. Apparently it's harder than it looks.

And I happen to like your terrible jokes. :)

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