You poor thing. You didn't really stand a chance. Here you were, sitting in a store a little over a year ago thinking "wow, this good looking guy is buying me to take home to his loving wife for her birthday. What a lucky gal. I'm going to be so happy."
Oh, you poor thing.
You didn't know what you were getting yourself into or else you would have hid. I am sorry I don't have a green thumb... or anything that could be mistaken for any gardening talent.
You see, I was once given an African Violet from that same good looking guy and when he brought it home I said "thank you, I'm going to kill it" and lived up to that promise. In less than 2 weeks. I don't even know how that happens.
I was then given a small rose bush from a friend of mine about a month later. Again I said "thank you, I'm going to kill it", but after feeling so bad about the previous plant I was determined to try a lot harder.
Oh, I miss that rose bush. We were both determined. It survived being dumped numerous times by my cat (it eventually had 1/3 of the dirt it came with), who also enjoyed munching on it when she could. When it became warmer out I put it on the deck to get more sun (and save it from that pesky cat - it's a good thing she was cute). With the sun also came wind, lots of wind. That poor plant fought with everything it had to survive having even less dirt. After about 6 months it finally gave up, and I could not blame it.
I've tried growing herbs and small vegetables, all with no luck. (I've been told I under water, I've been I over water, I'm just lost)
After that I told people no more plants. Flowers, fine (they die anyways) but no more plants. I tried to protect all future living plants from entering my world of doom.
So, I was surprised when you, my orchid, were gifted to me. I was told you were chosen because I only had to water you about once a month.
I read the little info sheet you came with and tried to keep you alive.
It took about 10 weeks for you to lose all your flowers. I googled (and pinned) articles on how to grow your flowers back and followed those instructions with no luck.
There you have sat, on my window sill, doing nothing, for almost a year. Then, about 3 months ago I noticed some new grown under the leaves (which is impressive since I hadn't watered you in way too long. I won't say how long in fear of having you taken by an orchid protection society).
Then, the week before last I noticed this
|my flowerless orchid|
Does anyone know what's growing out the bottom?
Are they roots?
Should I be repotting?
Orchid, what the heck?!?!? I watered you last week for the first time in Way too long (seriously folks, months upon months) and you have new growth? Possibly new flowers? What the heck?!?!? It's been a year!
You are not encouraging me to take care of plants if this is what happens when I ignore them.
I am super excited to see what's going to blossom; feel free to hurry it up.
And, I promise to go back to caring about you and trying to keep from having to wait so long to see your pretty flowers again.
Your gardening-challenged owner
P.S. If any readers out there can give me tips on keeping it alive and healthy please share. I don't know if I should be moving it to a larger planter or not - the last ones I transplanted died of shock, which was a shame because one of them was my tomato plant from Rikki (from the Covert Blog Swap) and I managed to grow it from the seeds.