Houseplants forum→Freaky reputations & trying again.

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jul 30, 2021 12:29 PM CST
After you've been collecting plants for many years, there likely comes a point when you realize you used to have this or that early in your exploits and how it was so carefree... sigh. Maybe you don't even remember what happened to it but you would like to try it again. So you see one and bring it home, think you're doing the same as you did for the great one from the past, and nothing goes right. Like it knows you killed or lost or gave away great-grandpa Fred or something. Too many to list for me on this one. Has this happened to you?

And then there are the plants that have a reputation for being fussy but you don't know that for years, and your plant is huge and amazing. Until you start doing some "research" and find so many horror stories. Then, suddenly, your plant starts to decline. This happened to me with peace lilies. You?
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Omie
Jul 30, 2021 2:14 PM CST
Memory is a funny thing.
For me, I had lots of house plants in my early 20s. I remember them all thriving and feeling like I had an amazing green thumb. The part I conveniently DON'T remember is that my 20s was a time when my life kept changing so fast- I'd move from one place to another, leave behind belongings and partners and places. Frankly i have NO idea what happened to all those plants, but I know I never had them for more than a year or two between moves. I'll never know if I could have kept them alive for even three years. Ignorance is bliss, they say. Rolling my eyes.

Now I'm in my 60s and my life is stable. I have houseplants that I've had for 17 years. Now if they die before their time it's likely due to my neglect or lack of knowledge. But at least I now have a solid track record based on reality.
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sallyg
Aug 8, 2021 12:03 PM CST
I don't know that this has happened to me. Mostly, if a plant dies, I will never try it again.
Spider plant is one thing that is supposed to be so easy yet I killed enough to not try again.. mostly.. somehow I got a spider plant baby and stuck it in with a mixed pot expecting nothing.. of course it's now huge. Grin
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)

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