The orchid I bought last fall did well for a while, but over the winter its leaves started to droop. And by droop, I mean almost totally deflate. Clearly, my knack for cultivating vegetables does not translate to good caregiving for orchidaceae. Maybe it’s just that I don’t care as much about plants I can’t eat. Anyway, last night I decided this poor plant needed to go to a better place. Naturally, I turned to Craigslist:
Free Orchid to Good Home
Date: 2008-03-16, 1:27AM EDT
Last fall I bought a lovely orchid at IKEA (yeah, I know) and it did well for a few months. It even recently produced a second flower stem. But its leaves are very droopy, and some (but not all) of the flower buds shrivelled before they opened. In short, I have not been the greatest parent to this plant.
I’m too softhearted to toss the plant in the trash. Would anyone like to take in a poor neglected plant and nurse it back to health? I’ll deliver anywhere in the Harvard/Central area.
And wouldn’t you know, I got about 15 replies by morning. I chose the “winner” based on whether he or she sounded like a responsible caretaker. A nice woman from Porter Square came by and picked up the orchid; she seemed to know what was wrong with it, and was optimistic that it could be rehabilitated. Sure, it was a $13 orchid from IKEA, but it deserves a good life too.
This exchange was not the end of plant life in my apartment, however. Far from it. Indeed, my little studio is now home to a shocking number of life forms.
I got some supplies for indoor seed starting from Mahoney’s in Brighton because I had ordered some Tom Thumb pea seeds through the mail (more on those next week). Inspired by a local garden blogger, I bought kale, escarole (aka chicory), spinach, and mesclun seed packets:
I graduate this year, and I have no idea where I’ll be going in May/June. But before I leave I should have some nice greens to eat. I just hope the weather warms up a little so I can transplant my seedlings into the planters on my fire escape. It’s getting crowded in here.