Cheryl Rafuse for Boston Compass (#132)
February 26, 2021
Hi plant babes. We all have that one plant that we keep watering thinking “it’ll come back!”
It’s not coming back.
Unless it’s a fern, oxalis, or other plant that might have rhizomes that go dormant for a season, your plant is a goner.
And when you toss it you’ll be making room for a SHINY NEW PLANT which is pretty much all any of us wants, right?! Here’s how to make sure that honey needs a compost burial:
There’s no new life anywhere on the plant. No green leaves, nothing.
The whole thing is brittle and snaps when you bend it.
If you scrape a branch it’s not green underneath.
You already looked up whether it might go dormant — it doesn’t.
The roots are brown and rotting and sad.
Your plant fits this criteria? Toss it like it’s Trump!
Maybe there’s a few green pieces at the ends but the roots are gone? Try propagating the ends in water and see if they root! Sometimes that’s the only way to save a plant.
Good luck and happy plant shopping ;)