My plant’s new haircut

A few weeks ago, I posted about the plant I thought I had killed.

Here is the plant then, just after I’d put it outside to see if some sunlight and rain might help it.

This was my plant on Saturday before I cut off the dead tendrils. (See all the shiny new leaves?)


See the “rouge” leaf at the end of a largely dead tendril?


This was taken Saturday after I cut the plant’s “hair.”


It looks like this plant can be saved, after all. Yay! 🙂

13 thoughts on “My plant’s new haircut

  1. nicole

    Those are pretty tough and hard to kill 🙂
    I love them :D!

    Indeed they are. That’s why I was so bummed to think I’d killed it. Yay for second chances.

  2. Missy

    You saved it! YAY!
    My husband is usually the one who rescues my half dead plants. I try, I really do. They just don’t like me!

    I was pretty happy about it. 🙂 Yay!

  3. Sandy (Momisodes)

    Woohoo! great job! Think of it as a “make-over” 😉

    I can’t thank anyone but nature for this… and whomever it was who suggested I put it outside… and I can’t remember if it was me, Ed or one of you, my peeps. 🙂

  4. oh amanda

    Cool! My thumb is so NOT green, I would have just tossed it!

    I just couldn’t bear the thought of tossing it… in part because it’s supposed to be a good plant for the green-thumb challenged. :/

  5. chris

    Plants are like children, they are very persistant and adaptable…

    Plants and children really are more persistent and adaptable than we give them credit for. There’s a definitely a life lesson here. 🙂

  6. Shannon

    Nothing is dead until I say it is. I am that crazy lady that goes to Lowes and buying all the dead looking plants and brings them back to life. You need some more potting soil at the top and than water it every other day and make sure it get 8 hours or more of sunlight.

    Thanks, Shannon. I told Ed the other day that I needed to do something to remedy the too-little-soil problem I have going on. Does soil evaporate or otherwise change in some way (settle, for instance)? I swear it had more soil at one point.

    Good grief; I just realized it’s been at least three years since I re-potted it… and it’s been probably more like four. (I know it was in its current pot when I bought my house three years ago.)

  7. Andie Summerkiss

    That is such great news. I don’t know what the plant is called, but it is a very tough one. We have that too and it grows well in water.

    Prepare a glass bowl and decorate with beach sands or pretty stones and fill the bowl with rain water, pluck a couple of older branches. Make great centerpiece!

    That’s a good idea. Thank you. 🙂

  8. Kendra

    Congrats on saving the poor plant. Looks like a philodendron or a pothos. They are so lovely.

    Thank you! I think it is a philodendron. 🙂

  9. Colleen

    Then there is hope for the sad little plant I brought home from the office after all! Mine was dying too and thought a new location with more light might help…I think I shocked the poor thing! Is it bad if the leaves turn WHITE?

    White? Oh dear… Maybe someone who can help will wander by. If someone does, I’ll pass along the message.

    Hey, maybe we could do a dead/dying plant carnival. 😉 (I love the blog carnivals, in case you hadn’t noticed.)

  10. Sarah

    You should get a wandering Jew next. They’re not as hardy as philodendrons, but I’d say you’ve graduated to the next level.

    I’ll look into that. Do you know how much light they need? That’s where we went wrong with the philodendron. Light in apartment = perfect. Light in my town house = o.k. Light in our house = not so good.


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