What started off as a successful transplant experiment … didn’t end well. I said I’d update over a year ago and never did bc well… Life happens.   

Unfortunately, life is not what happened to my transplanted Chinese Evergreens

Transplanted Chinese Evergreen

Indoor plants have never grown well for me.  It’s possible that the air quality in our old base-housing was just too poor … or it was too cold in our ice box house with the A/C running at 68 degrees (chill)… the plants probably need 70 plus to thrive… Or a combination of those things plus lack of sunshine and constant movement bc I could never find a decent place to put them! 

Our old house was so dark that I couldn’t find a spot that got decent sun and was away from air vents! All the vents were directly above our windows. So if the plants got warm sunlight they also got freezing cold air flow! Not an ideal environment. I tried moving them out of the cold spots but then it seemed they were in a very dark corner. They didn’t like it and I just couldn’t win, so I put them outside in the pots in the front yard and let nature run its course. 

One pot started perking up but then finally bit the dust after the move to our new house in January. I clung to these plants and it was so hard to let go … For good reason I suppose, but the why didn’t occur to me until I started writing this post. It’s clear to me now that these plants served a purpose in my grieving process. 

As of today the soil is still in all three pots, but it’s time to finally say goodbye and give the soil back to the earth. (Which is symbolic since grandpa was farmer.)

A new chapter has begun, in life and gardening. 

This quote seems fitting to end on:

Once something has outlived its usefulness in one area of life, its purpose for being in existence is no longer the same. The leaf that captures a stream of sunlight, and then transfers its energy to the tree, serves one purpose in the spring and summer, and another completely different one through the fall and winter. 

Guy Finley

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Referenced Articles:

  1. https://goldiesgarden.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/transplanting-a-chinese-evergreen/
  2. https://crawlingoutfromundermyrock.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/a-birthday-goodbye/