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Miracle plant!


Long time no blog, I know..
Way back a few years ago, I had dumped a dead potted plant into my compost pile because the winter had killed it.
Over that winter, I had been watering the compost pile to keep it active and hopefully keep the temperature up in the core.
Low and behold, the next spring I was digging out some compost for a rose experiment and the “dead plant” that I had discarded the year before had somehow rooted in the compost pile and SURVIVED the harsh winter!
He was a tiny thing, only 6 inches tall, but looked healthy, so I potted the little fellow in a large container of “Rabbit Hill Farms big-pot-potting soil” to see what would happen..
One year later, that little thing now spreads out almost to the ends of a 6 ft long bench in the patio shade.
He’s gotten HUGE:

I just LOVE IT and pamper it daily with the best organic soils and food that I have! What a great recovery from the jaws of death..
That’s my “miracle baby”.

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dont you love it when that happens,looks great as well,lush plant

16 Jun, 2011


oh its great, and grown so big, its a house plant from the maranta or calathea family, he wont like much sun do his leaves curl up at night...

16 Jun, 2011


Thats a great plant

16 Jun, 2011


What a happy story! :-)

16 Jun, 2011


Wow survival against the odds and it looks splendid!

16 Jun, 2011


Isn't the resiliency of some plants remarkable! It was probably the heat in your compost pile that had cuddled it through the winter! Good on it! It's gorgeous!

16 Jun, 2011


Cazcat, you are exactly right! That plant was originally a house plant that I moved outdoors to the patio and it got a bit more sun and winter freezing than it was used to.
From what I have heard, that species is toxic to cats, so it had to be moved.
It now enjoys the best indirect lighting conditions and growing conditions that a "former house plant" could ever want. {chuckle}

To answer your question: do his leaves curl up at night...
Not at all. He has a "catch pan" under his pot that raises the humidity slightly from the standing water in it. ;-)

Take care,

17 Jun, 2011

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