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Old 08-17-2004, 12:18 AM
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Hi botanists,

Total n00b, in no way a botanist, just wondering on plant weirdness. Well,
weird to me!

Heres the story...

A year ago my mum gave me a plant. Its a family thing, been handed down
through the generations - we all have one. It was quite a chunky chap when
he was given to me. Big, thick stem, sprouting out into other very healthy
looking stems, each with big, green bulbous leaves. Sorry, none of us know
what it is Anyway, after four weeks it just started falling to pieces.
Woah! I thought. Can't lose plant!! I had a quick chat with my mum and she
said it was odd, but even from a leaf they can just grow back, so I
shouldn't worry. Fair enough, I thought. So, every bit that fell off I
re-potted and for each pot I tried different tactics, you know, to try and
figure out what I did to kill it the first time. All the little pieces
survived, but the main plan died.

Ok. Now I have 5 plants. I I want to know where I went wrong, so I give them
all slightly different conditions:

1. Small pot, soil, little water, in the shade
2. Medium pot, soil, medium water, indirect sunlight.
3. Small pot, only water, direct sunlight.
4. Large pot, soil, lots of water, direct sunlight, baby bio.
5. Large pot, soil, see how he survives outside

A year later, they are all still alive!

From this, I could only guess that when the main stem plant fell to pieces
it was simply reproducing. I mean, after all, there are 5 of them now and
try as I might to get the main stem to grow it steadfast refused.

Anyway, thats not the freaky part. Why did I put "plant memory" in the
subject? Well. Remember plant no. 5? He didn't do too well outside. In
fact, I totally forgot he was out there until about a month later. He'd
fallen over in the wind, soil spilt everywhere and barely a leaf left. I
picked him up, fixed the soil and brought him back with the others.

Over the next few months he made a great recovery. His stem grew stronger
than the others, and took on a darker sort of "woody" style. I figured he
was a tough nut now.

So, I come back today and.... he was growing sideways. Yes, thats right. He
was upright yesterday, and today he has bent his stem 90 degrees. Its like
he "remembered" that he fell over this time last year, and so decided to
fall over again! Probably in preparation for "the big knock".

Obviously the 4 other plants are still growing upright.

Is this "normal" plant behavior? Will I have to train "junior" to stand up
straight, or will he "fall over" again this time next year?

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Old 08-17-2004, 10:53 PM
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Cereus-validus wrote:


I have indeed. After a bit of searhcing I discovered he is a crassula
argentea.

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Old 08-18-2004, 04:10 AM
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Crassula argentea is correctly named Crassula ovata and is commonly know as
the "Jade Plant", even though the plant is native to South Africa not China
or Japan.

It is best grown in a sunny location (outdoors in the shade during the
summer is not a problem) in a soil mix predominantly made of drainage
material (coarse builders sand, aquarium gravel, silica sand, turfoos). The
plant should be watered thoroughly about once a week and allowed to go
completely dry between waterings. Never let the plants sit in standing water
for any length of time. Fertilize with a foliage house plant fertilizer
diluted to quarter strength.

The plant is not cold hardy so you must bring it indoors before it becomes
cold and keep it in a south facing window until the last frost warning is
over in spring.)

If a plant becomes top heavy and droops, stake it upright and hold back on
watering. It might even need to be moved into a larger pot.


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Old 08-18-2004, 09:20 AM
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>turfoos
Should be:
Turface
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Old 08-18-2004, 01:50 PM
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Does anyone have answers to this guy's awesome and totally interesting
question?


Mike




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Old 08-18-2004, 04:31 PM
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The question was already answered, meathead.

The plant was top heavy and needed to be staked.

Everything else was irrelevant.


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Old 08-18-2004, 04:32 PM
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You will find several different spellings in the trade.


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Old 08-18-2004, 05:24 PM
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>You will find several different spellings in the trade.

Balderdash. It's turface. You stand corrected.

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Old 08-18-2004, 07:45 PM
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Everything else was interesting. Let the spirit of botanical science
thrive, let's discuss his questions.





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Old 08-18-2004, 09:37 PM
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Spirit of Botanical Science?

You have a very Dickensian view of the world, M&M.

Some of his conclusions from his observations were based on misconceptions
and not as interesting as you may want to believe. You may be hoping for
something that does not exist.


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