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November 19, 2012

I just gasped so loud that the neighbours might have heard.

No joke. I was in the bathroom, which is right across from the apartment door, and those are… not very soundproof. It’s often hard to tell if it’s my doorbell that’s ringing, or the neighbours’.

I was in the bathroom to spray plants with neem, not such a happy task. I recently found thrips in the living room, in addition to the known scale in the bedroom. And since I like to do things thoroughly, I was spraying all the plants, whether they had bugs or not. I’d just hung up my orchid basket to spray it and…

It’s a flower spike on one of my miniature Phalaenopsis!

I’ve had those since about 2008, and in all that time, they’ve never rebloomed.

So this summer, I gave them to my grandma with her magic Phalaenopsis hands, in the hope that she’d get them to bloom, but nope. Still nothing when she gave the basket back to me a couple of weeks ago. But now – yay!

Of course, that means I can’t throw them out after all… I was kind of looking forward to chucking badly-behaved plants (I just exectured a few yesterday because I couldn’t be bothered to spray them. I don’t really want a croton anyway.)

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2012 01:49

    Congrats! On a separate note, why did you even HAVE a croton?

    • November 21, 2012 07:54

      Because I was once foolishly dreaming that one day it would grow huge like this one:

      We had similarly big ones at my ex-job.

      And then I decided I’d throw it out as soon as it got bugs. I was expecting spider mites, but thrips works, too – out with it!

      • November 21, 2012 22:33

        Ok, that IS a really nice looking plant… I guess I can see why you’d be momentarily confused and allow one in the house

        • November 21, 2012 23:15

          That “momentarily” did last a surprisingly long time – though lately I was just looking for a reason to throw it out. It didn’t like my watering schedule and kept dropping leaves. Bah.
          And since that was the only variety I ever liked, and I’ve never seen it for sale – never again.

  2. November 29, 2012 04:21

    Man, I hate pests on plants! They are little buggers!


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