As long as I am on the issue of killing my plants and what a rotten gardener I am, I may as well go all the way down the path. I am having some issues with myself about the calla lily. We, as in my siblings and I, received this plant from a neighboring family at the time of our mother’s passing. It was one of the most beautiful plants at her funeral, and there were plenty of plants and bouquets. I know lots of people around here now say no flowers, give a donation to such and such, but we chose to let people show their appreciation of her life in whatever way they wanted to. Actually my mother and I would look at flowers at a funeral and note how well a person was loved by the number of items left in their memory. Anyway, I know this is sort of morbid, but I had to give you this background.
I was chosen to take this particular plant because, well I think it is because they believe that I am good at taking care of house plants. I wanted the plant because it was beautiful and because the oldest daughter of the family who gave it was a very good friend of mine in high school.
So recently it started to look yellow. This was at the same time that it started to bloom. It was parked in my bedroom and because we put that rice paper stuff on the windows of the west door, there is no more direct sun for the plant. As it sagged, I kept watering. Pretty soon I thought that I had over watered and under sunned, so I set it outside.
The three days it was outside included the 100 degree temperature. It was not in the direct sun, but it was hot, so I watered some more. Next I thought I saw aphids on it so I sprayed it down. Well, that sort of did the whole thing in, and this is what happened, and it kept getting worse.
Today I woke with the idea that I had to transplant it to get the roots out of all that water. As I pulled it out of the pot, I realized it is not one plant, but many, so I divided it hoping that one of the two lives through this ordeal. I also gave the leaves a shower to clear any chemical off from that aphid spray. If anyone has advice for me, I would love to hear it.
Below are a few more of my failures and actual success stories. Hope you have a great day in the garden, but notice I am hoping you have one not forcing you to. Ha!!