I don’t mean to give the impression that I’m constantly *almost* killing my plants. I’m not! But sometimes things happen.
This summer I purchased one of the many plants on my wish-list: a Watermelon Peperomia (or Peperomia Argyreia). Named after it’s watermelon-looking leaves, this plant is easy to care for and has a really beautiful and unique appearance. They aren’t hard to find in Toronto… but they also aren’t abundant. You have to keep your eyes peeled! So when I spotted one at Poppies Plant of Joy, I purchased that little beauty and didn’t even think twice!
I brought her home and let her adjust to her new surroundings**, and a few weeks later decided it was time to transfer her to a nicer ceramic planter. I followed the usual steps by gently removing the plant from it’s plastic pot. What I didn’t realize was that the plant was incredibly top heavy, and the main stem connecting the leaves to the roots was very thin. AND IT BROKE IN HALF.
I immediately shrieked: Peper-OH NO-mia!
Ok, I didn’t really yell, “peper-oh no-mia”, but I wish I had. Unsure of what to do next, I listened to my gut, which told me to stick it in water. So that’s what I did.
Days passed and nothing changed. But the plant didn’t die. And then finally, a few weeks later, I noticed that fine roots had started to grow. Which eventually turned into this:
Do you see those white hair-like things floating in the water? Those are roots!!
Let me just take a moment to acknowledge how insanely cool nature is!!! I basically killed a plant and then it regenerated it’s missing parts and is now alive and very very well!!!! How many exclamation marks do I need to use to express my awe and excitement?!?!?!?!?!
Months later, my plant is a real beauty, if I do say so myself. You’d never know that she came so close to death.
**Ok, I realize this makes me sound like a bonafide #crazyplantlady, but in reality this is an important step when bringing home a new plant. Many plants are sensitive to changes in location & amount of sunlight, so giving them time to adjust before putting them in a new pot ensures success!