Hi all. I'm from the little state of Connecticut and I love houseplants. I also love to quilt, cross-stitch, and travel. (Anything to avoid housework!). Two years ago I traveled cross country with my best friend. We drove from Atlanta GA to Phoenix AZ and hit every quilt shop and cross-stitch shop coming and going (two different routes). It was great! We were gone for four weeks. My biggest worry while I was away was my houseplants. Oh I knew my husband and grandkids would be just fine, but I prayed my plants
would survive my absence as I am a bit "over-protective" with them. I guess I got that from my dad.
My dad could grow anything that was green and I admired him for that. He would bring home little cutting that someone would give him (sad looking and almost dead) and find a cup, drinking glass, anything that could hold soil, put the little plant
in the dirt, water it, put it in a window and POW! the little plant
always perked up and flourshed. He would sometimes give the plant
back if he thought the person would take care of it. If not, he'd keep it and add it to the growing
collection found throughout our home.
I've been blessed with a little bit of a green thumb also and love to watch my plants
thrive. However, I find that I have a problem and I need some help. (and yes, I'm long winded but at my age, it's acceptable (smile). Anyway,....
My oldest plant
, a palm, is causing me some concern. I don't know its name but it was given to me about 25 years ago. It came from Florida and it was about a foot long. Now it is about nine feet tall and very leggy. Rather, it is only one stalk and all of the greenery is at the top. I would like to cut it back but am afraid I might kill it. Several years ago I purchased a Parlor Palm and planted it in the same pot around the palm. Everything grew beautifully but my palm continued to tower over the parlor palm. What can I do? I'd appreciate any help I can get.