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,┬á 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! : )