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Euless, Texas 76039
Feb 18, 2018 2:32 PM CST
Hello: I relocated to Texas to a new apartment in August 2017, to be close to my son as I am a retired senior. My son and his wife gave me a Hosta plant which they had in their home which was always kept inside. It was a bit ragged when they gave it to me but I watered it once a week, rotated it every morning for sunlight from a window, pruned any brown leaves which appeared, and it developed into a beautiful indoor house plant. It is 30" tall with a 22" diameter. (Leaves) Starting in August, I gave the plant 1 cup (8oz) of water every Sat morning. It would use that up each week. Starting two weeks ago Feb 10th I watered the plant, and again on Feb 17th. ALL of that water is sitting in the collection container beneath the plant and there is an odor. Not being a gardener I can only guess that the plant is NOT taking in the water. I read that a Hosta will go dormant for a short period in the winter even if it is indoors. Is that what has happened? The plant is still a lush green and appears to be very healthy. I have never used any fertilizer/Plant food, nor have I repotted the plant. I am an avid golfer and live alone. This plant is my only companion and I don't want to lose it. (LOL) Any advice? Thanks
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 18, 2018 3:51 PM CST

Your plant is a Chinese Evergreen (not a Hosta). Instead of watering on a schedule, water when your plant needs to be watered (the top 1/2 of soil is dry). Water until the water runs through the pot and into the saucer, then empty the saucer (don't let it sit in water).

Have you felt the soil for moisture? Does the plant "gain weight" when you water? If not, the soil is no longer absorbent. If the plant has been in that pot for more than a couple years, it could need repotting or at least a good soak to re-hydrate the soil. Roots don't take up water as you water, but rather the soil takes up water and the roots use what they need from the soil.

But roots also need to breath - always sitting in a saucer of water keeps the roots from breathing. I suspect the bad odor is because the pot is sitting in a saucer of rotting water.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Feb 18, 2018 4:08 PM CST
I agree with Daisy that the soil is not absorbing water because it is already saturated and cannot absorb any water. It will not need water for at least a week. Water it lightly only when the top half-inch of soil feels dry.

Make sure it is within 5 or 6 feet of the window. It will not need fertilizer or to be repotted.
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Euless, Texas 76039
Feb 18, 2018 4:19 PM CST
Thank you WillC. As it turns out, it is EXACTLY 5 feet from the window. My Grand-Mother and my Mother were both gardeners and I spent many years listening to people rave over their gardens. Now, here I am in my little apartment with my clothes and my golf clubs, and everybody that walks in the door goes crazy over my plant! (LOL) I DO know that "Gardening is the MOST POPULAR Pastime/Hobby in the world. Thank you for your input. It is appreciated.
Euless, Texas 76039
Feb 18, 2018 4:26 PM CST
Thank you, daisy

It is so nice to hear from people that know what they're talking about. Everybody told me this was an Indoor Hosta! I never thought it was because we had many Hostas in our neighborhood back on Long Island, and they looked different. I will do as you say and I thank you once again for your feedback.

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