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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 9, 2019 8:56 PM CST
Have you ever owned a plant with no particular problems, but got rid of it?

It's very rare for me to completely give away a plant. I gave away Janet Craig Compacta, just so boring, never seemed to grow or change. I don't remember giving away Peperomia obtusifolia, but have had both green and green/white, and doubt I would have killed them. The red edged kind, I just found ugly, and gave away
Red Edge Peperomia (Peperomia tricolor)

I don't think I have ever trashed a healthy plant. It's hard enough to trash a sick plant, but I am about to, with an aptly named 'Dud' red agalonema- can't seem to make it happy.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema 'Dud Unyamanee')
My friend told me her orchid lost all its flowers, so she trashed it because it was 'done.' I about choked.

I would not mind giving away the last of something quite common and easily replaced. Pothos.
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gasrocks
May 9, 2019 11:59 PM CST
I am trying to give away perfectly healthy plants. Just have too many.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 10, 2019 9:24 AM CST
Interesting discussion, Sally. I think we all have different tolerance levels for discarding plants. In my business, I am contractually obligated to replace plants that have deteriorated by about 25%. I know some folks hold onto plants until they are literally totally dead. Others want their plants to look perfect or they go in the trash.

Orchids that typically bloom for only about a month each year and don't have the most attractive foliage are prime candidates for discard after blooming. This is something I encourage if I know they don't have the right environment to get them to rebloom or the discipline to care for them properly.

For my personal plants, I like to try to fix any that have started to decline. Occasionally, I am not successful and I toss them when I know they are beyond recovery. Compactas have never been one of my favorites because of their tendency to develop brown leaf tips.

The red Aglaonemas are hybrids that are popular but also not nearly as hardy as the green varieties. I find then challenging, but I don't recommend them to anyone not up to the challenge.

Space is often an issue, especially in NYC apartments, and does require some triage.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
May 10, 2019 9:40 AM CST
It's funny to think of how one may agonize over the death of a potted tropical, while outside in autumn, entire fields go to seed and die.
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Aphria
May 10, 2019 9:59 AM CST
Coincidentally, I just threw my Aloe Vera in the bin this morning! A couple of the leaves had started to get black patches from high humidity in the bathroom. I cut those leaves off a couple of weeks ago and put it in my living room as it's the only other room with enough sunlight. The plant was fine really but it looked so lopsided and I couldn't give it enough light in the room without having to move it every time I needed to close the blinds. So, out it went. Not like me but it's gone Whistling
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 10, 2019 10:14 AM CST
Last time I was in Laredo TX I saw entire fields of Aloe Vera. Huge ones. There are so many interesting types of Aloe, I cannot grieve over one small Vera.

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