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Green Thumb?

May 14th, 2018

I often hear people say that they don’t have green thumbs, that they always kill plants.  I’m not sure that my thumb is any greener than any one else’s thumb, I have probably just grown more plants.

Take these boxwood cuttings for example. They were being overwintered in the basemen and I completely forgot about them until they were way too dry. I lost about 75% of them. It’s not a huge deal since they were free, they were however 2 years in the making up to this point, so I did lose some work. That’s how gardening goes though, sometimes you lose plants because of something you did, sometimes plants just don’t like the location or they get diseased. Dead plants is just part of gardening.

Have you killed any plants recently?

3 Comments to “Green Thumb?”
  1. Misti on May 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Somehow a American persimmon didn’t manage to get watered on the potting bench (started from seed) and it died. I have another that’s doing well. And then of course I managed to postpone spraying for the deer a day and then they came through and chowed overnight and I should have sprayed the night I was thinking about it.

    Yep, I kill plants, too!

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  2. Mary on May 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Last fall, two ficus trees that I had been caring for for 18+ years died. I over-summered them in our back yard and when I returned them to their place in the office vestibule, the leaves immediately desiccated and they died. They had one last good summer outdoors.

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  3. Sacha on May 17, 2018 at 12:07 am

    I’m completely agree about the green thumb comment. Half my garden here in the North Cascades is dying from damping off this year. Beautiful little fennel and chard seedlings just flop over with the tell-tale wire stem at the soil line. I used to be really upset about this sort of thing. Now, I’m just trying to decide if it’s due to the weather or the location, and how to move forward.

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