State of the plant nation

Well, all was going relatively well with my new best friends, my Valentine’s plants for a few days. And then all hell broke loose.

Jeff helped me hang my favorite plant, some kind of fuschia I think, and it looked lovely. Then, a few days later, it suddenly pretty much died. I think this is because it was hanging somewhat over the radiator, and it got fried. I’m still trying to nurse it back to life with frequent waterings, but it seems like it may be time to give up. I’m now trying to decide what the best course of action is. Should I clip all the dead vines off? Leave it be? Water it? Give it coffee?

My mint plant also seems pretty sad, but in slightly better shape. The lower stalks have all gotten black and shriveled, but it’s still growing new leaves on the tops of the taller stalks, so that’s a good sign I think.

Anyway, I feel really guilty about killing my plants — I just feel so irresponsible. I guess I just don’t know much about taking care of sickly little plant-things, so they may not have much chance. It’s weird that I can raise all the animals I want, but I seem to have a knack for killing plants. Suggestions/condolences welcome.

6 thoughts on “State of the plant nation

  1. I’m a plant killer, too. Here are a couple of tips I’ve learned:
    – I love fuschias, too, but I must’ve killed six or seven of them over the years. They need humidity and water, so away from the radiator and mist it several times a day. Soil can be damp but not soggy. That said, even my aunt who has the greenest of thumbs can’t keep fuschias alive. So think of them as disposable — buy ’em, enjoy ’em, throw ’em out when they’re dead.
    – Your mint looks like it needs more sunlight. It’s spindly.
    – Stick with golden pothos or ivy. You almost can’t kill them.

  2. This is why I don’t like house plants: They look greta in the store but die within a few weeks of moving to the real world, that’s why we use the term Hothouse Flower for someone too precious to make it in the real world.
    Its a good idea to remove the dead and decrepit looking bits. Keep the fuschia away from the heat. Also if the leaves get twisted and lumpy before everything dies, they probably have a fungus that kills fuschias pretty certainly.
    I may be wrong, but I think mint doesn’t like to be too wet.
    I’ll check up on it.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever tried having a fuschia inside the house. They grow really well outside in places like the coast, where it’s more humid, and not too hot and sunny! So don’t feel too bad……it wasn’t your fault if it’s dying! The other plant you bought is an azalea, and hopefully it is still doing ok? They also do well outdoors, but not in cold climates, probably.

  4. I agree that you totally baked the fuchsia. They need coolness and non-direct sunlight; and moist soil. Sounds like you are doing the right thing. Pinch off the dead bits and see if you can save it.
    As far as the Mint goes, those things are SUPER hardy, so you can save it. It really looks like it just needs sunlight so move it to someplace brighter. Plus, don’t forget keep watering it, those suckers are always thirsty!
    If you want to do something more drastic:
    Pinch off the tops of each live stem, it looks like it is trying to seed and that will take energy away from the rest of the plant. You can also re-pot it in a bigger pot with more dirt up to the top of the darkness on the stems. That will also help it along faster and make it much bigger when it recovers.

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