Monday, October 10, 2011
Hope over Experience
These little avocado hopes are what Oscar Wilde might have called the triumph of hope over experience, oh no, that was remarriage...oh well, anyway since I just added avocadoes into my menu, I had a couple of pits to do something about.
Now, longtime friends and blogistas know I'm a pretty good gardener, the person with all the cuttings and advice to give away, and with surplus plants I stealthily plant around the place as a stealth gardener, all that. However, the one thing I have never succeeded with is the humble avocado plant. I don't ask for it to grow into a tree or anything, just to put out ANY sign of life.
I do all the instructions, as you see in the picture, never get a sossidge out of it. One of my friends a few years ago said, right, I will give you a well established plant, and you can enjoy that instead of struggling with the pit. So she gave me a lovely flourishing little plant to take home. By the next morning, it was already half dead, and it definitely went home by the next day. We puzzled over this, since there hadn't been time for me to do anything wrong in that short period.
Then she admitted that every other plant without exception that she'd tried to grow had failed in short order. Not a single houseplant had ever worked for her but the avocado, including the plants I'd given her in great health. So we concluded this is about body chemistry. I must be giving off molecules that scare the avos. All I can say is that they're pretty picky, but I'm still giving them another chance.
The other teeny thing in the kitchen nursery is a carrot top. I always put carrot tops in water just to enjoy the greenery that sprouts from them. It used to amuse HP enormously that I couldn't bear to just chuck anything away, even into the garden, but had to give it another shot. I expect I'll revive my dish gardens before the winter, too, with the mosses and all that. I had to abandon them under the pressure of HPs last illness, but they are in my future indoor garden plans.