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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Feb 21, 2017 6:24 PM CST
So, have any of you ever lost - err, I mean "temporarily misplaced" a plant? Whistling I do it all the time. A few weeks ago I bought a Ruellia makoyana along with several other plants from a local nursery. I repotted it to a slightly larger pot and moved on. And forgot about it. So, fast forward several weeks until this weekend. I went back to the same nursery, saw more of them and though, "Hey, I bought one of those, I'll have to see how it's doing when I get home." Well, apparently it was a 'Walking Ruellia' because it's grown legs and walked off! Rolling on the floor laughing I've searched everywhere for this plant, looked in all the places it would be. Even the others I bought at the same time are right there where I left them. But not this one - it's just ...gone. Blinking

So, do y'all ever lose plants?
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Feb 23, 2017 12:29 AM CST
Yep look in the car. That is what happens to me it falls out off the bag and by the time I miss it go looking it is not recognizable. *Blush*
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Feb 23, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Carter said:So, have any of you ever lost - err, I mean "temporarily misplaced" a plant? Whistling I do it all the time. A few weeks ago I bought a Ruellia makoyana along with several other plants from a local nursery. I repotted it to a slightly larger pot and moved on. And forgot about it. So, fast forward several weeks until this weekend. I went back to the same nursery, saw more of them and though, "Hey, I bought one of those, I'll have to see how it's doing when I get home." Well, apparently it was a 'Walking Ruellia' because it's grown legs and walked off! Rolling on the floor laughing I've searched everywhere for this plant, looked in all the places it would be. Even the others I bought at the same time are right there where I left them. But not this one - it's just ...gone. Blinking

So, do y'all ever lose plants?


Well, no. But my black-eyed susans tend to wander around seeking a place they like. Can't say they are "lost" though.

But have you seen my missing cloth shopping bag wandering around? Its mate is lonely. I think it got snatched in a grocery store.

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 23, 2017 8:42 AM CST
LOL!

I've lost plants in storms before, blown away to who knows where, never to be seen again. And many similar experiences like yours with new plants! I've let a few accidentally bake/shrivel from forgetting about them for a while after buying.

I move plants around so much, I don't know where they all are, at a lot of points in time. Especially right after I've just taken cuttings & potted everything back up that was in the ground for summer, which is usually a week or so before all of the pots get moved inside, where it takes a while to "learn" where everything is again.

What about getting in the car to go to work & seeing the plants you bought the day before? Oh yeah, forgot to get those out... sounds similar to Cinta's post. I don't bother with bags when buying plants because I'm so clumsy. I either break off chunks getting them into a bag, or back out of it, so now I just say I don't need any for the plants. My trunk is lined with a sheet & there's always some cardboard boxes for plant finds.



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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Feb 23, 2017 9:30 AM CST
purpleinopp said:LOL!
My trunk is lined with a sheet & there's always some cardboard boxes for plant finds.


I bought some cheap black outdoor carpet cut I and fitted to the back of my Toyota Highlander years ago and it was great idea. Keeps the below stuff clean.

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 24, 2017 9:29 AM CST
... so should missing plants be pictured on potting mix or fertilizer packages?

"Have you seen this plant, missing since 2012? Botanical authorities said their only lead so far has been a weather report and surveillance footage taken the day the owner discovered it was missing that indicates how this plant may have been blown westward in a storm. The owner said he didn't think the plant would have left home voluntarily because it was very dependent on him to quench its' constant thirst, but if it did, he fears it would have been because it was upset about its' name being changed. The owner said just a week before he discovered the plant was missing, it had asked him, "Will they still know who I am?" Please see artist rendering of how this missing plant might look today."
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Name: Meri Taylor
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mnmat
Feb 24, 2017 12:01 PM CST
Thank You! Thank You!
Yardenman said:

I bought some cheap black outdoor carpet cut I and fitted to the back of my Toyota Highlander years ago and it was great idea. Keeps the below stuff clean.



Oh my goodness! That is a great idea yardman! I have a piece of black indoor/outdoor carpeting I've been trying to get rid of for 6 months. I use my SUV like a truck. Right now its full of straw detritus from last fall. It seems to grow back there, I'm always finding more. The carpet will be a great help.

Keep the tips coming! Thank You! Thank You! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. nodding
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Feb 24, 2017 12:13 PM CST
purpleinopp said:... so should missing plants be pictured on potting mix or fertilizer packages?


This is great. Rolling on the floor laughing

And I still haven't found my plant. I even started digging through leaf piles (ya, I'm behind in my leaf mulching) to see if it might have gotten buried. The upside, though, is that I found a potted griffinia sp. that I'd forgotten about and didn't realize was missing! Green Grin!

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 24, 2017 3:25 PM CST
:) ...you found your plant, but it wasn't THE plant. LMBO!!! Keep looking!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 24, 2017 5:26 PM CST
I use a tarp in the back of my SUV - most of my projects seem to end up wet and muddy. And I can unfold it when the seats are down.

Can't help you with the missing plant but I would like to know where plant tags go. I tried sticking them in the ground so just the top was sticking up but the wind blew them away. I even tried putting rocks on them and still they blow away. Someone has a LOT of plants tags without the accompanying plant.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Feb 24, 2017 7:13 PM CST
I agree No matter what you do the plant tags vanish.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Feb 24, 2017 11:06 PM CST
Carter said:

This is great. Rolling on the floor laughing

And I still haven't found my plant. I even started digging through leaf piles (ya, I'm behind in my leaf mulching) to see if it might have gotten buried. The upside, though, is that I found a potted griffinia sp. that I'd forgotten about and didn't realize was missing! Green Grin!


You always find what you are not looking for. Rolling on the floor laughing
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pod
Feb 25, 2017 6:49 AM CST
Cinta said:
You always find what you are not looking for. Rolling on the floor laughing


At my house, when I find what I'm looking for, I've lost something else. nodding

Carter, is it possible it never made it home with you? I've done that at greenhouses.... meaning to grab a plant but forgeting to do so!?!!
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Feb 25, 2017 9:03 AM CST
pod said:
Carter, is it possible it never made it home with you? I've done that at greenhouses.... meaning to grab a plant but forgeting to do so!?!!


It's possible, but I'm pretty sure I remember potting it up from a 4" pot to a 6" pot after I brought it home.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Feb 26, 2017 5:25 AM CST
NJBob said: I agree No matter what you do the plant tags vanish.


4 words: Metal tags, Dymo labels.

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 26, 2017 4:12 PM CST
5 words: Sixty mile per hour winds. Smiling
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NJBob
Feb 26, 2017 8:01 PM CST
The metal tag disappear just as fast as the others. What they need to be is about a foot into the ground. With the frost heaves here all normal tags end up out of the ground and then get blown around. Some you find most you do not. I am sure plenty are under the mulch or in the leaf piles , many most likely get plowed down the road with the snow as I have found broken ones down the block in the Spring a few times.
Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Feb 26, 2017 8:57 PM CST
I think I may have found someone's lost plants. I didn't plant these, I have no idea what they are, and I have no idea how they got here. But when I checked my little garden today, there they were!

There are no ID tags with them either and, at least for now, they're not talking. Sad I guess I'll have to start checking potting mix and fertilizer packages.

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DomehomeDee
Feb 26, 2017 9:08 PM CST
No seriously misplaced plants here. I always find them.
I did want to state that years ago I discovered the removable carpet in the back of my Toyota Highlander has a rubber backing. So I use it upside down to keep my car cleaner.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Feb 28, 2017 10:30 AM CST
In the garden if I wanted to tag a. plant I use stones with the name written on them with a paint pen. I do not generally mark plants anymore because I know and remember the names without markers.

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