In the previous post, I was left with No.3. Since 21.01.15, I have not been taking much photos because the plant looks and remains pretty much the same. Only took photos when I did notice more obvious changes when there's budding new leaves.
On the 23.01.15, I noticed that the baby leaves are starting to take shape and grow and in a week, there was another sprout coming out in between the 2 baby leaves. Cannot help but squeal at this survivor. My no.3 sprout!
I continue to leave it by the window with a little gap for ventilation and water it once in the day and when I get home from work. I also water it every once in a while before going to bed. I have been using the spray bottle for quite some time so each time its about 10 squirts. Which is not a lot so I think its ok for me to water a couple of times in the evening/night. I do water the surrounding soil area too, not just the plant itself.
Then on the 07.02.15, a miracle happened. There was another new sprout that came out. Its more than 1 month ago when I last planted the seeds, what a late surprise!
Everything else remained the same as before, the frequency of watering, the position of the pots nearby the window. It in fact although there was no direct sunlight, it still grow thou at a slower pace. Although I was excited of the latest sprout, I was more proud of No.3 who by far is the survivor of the sprouts.
Then the nightmare began on the night of 09.02.15, before bed I notice the plant was bent over from the strong wind that came through the window. My aunt had opened the window widely and did not shift the pot aside. I WAS ANGRY AT HER! I gave up hope for the baby sprout coz from experience, once its bent over, chances of surviving is 0%. The next morning, as I approached the pot for the morning watering session before work.....
|10.02.15 - Slightly bent but still surviving. Notice the new leaves sprouting out in the middle again?|
Happiness was short-lived. On the night of the 11th, same thing happened again. My aunt did not shift the pot aside when she opened the window widely. To be honest, every night she does that but my No.3 stood strong. That night, before going to bed, while walking past, I could not see my No.3, so I went over for a closer look and notice it was bent over.
I YELLED AT MY AUNT! who in turn say nonchalantly that I should have shifted the pot aside. EXCUSE ME????? I DELIBERATELY LEFT JUST A SMALL OPENING AT THE WINDOW BECAUSE MY PLANT WAS THERE. IF SHE OPENED THE WINDOW FURTHER, SHOULDN'T SHE BE THE ONE SHIFTING IT ASIDE? I GLARED AT HER AND WENT BACK INTO MY ROOM!
The next morning, before going to work, I watered the pot as usual even knowing the impending death of No.3. Stem in fact seem still strong enough but I know its gone for good. I began to take a few last shots of No.3 before its shriveled. Did not care if I was going to be late for work.
|12.02.15 - Evening. Already shriveled.|
Finally it came to Valentine's Day, a Saturday. With a heavy heart, I decided to clear the pots away. I emptied the pot as well as the abandon white pot outside the house and threw away all the remaining soil and fertilizers. I decide to swore off gardening until I manage to get my own house and my own gardening space. I conclude that my aunt's house is not suitable for gardening.
Was angry with her since the night the plant died and ignore her for the next few days. I broke the ice in Sunday morning by joining her at the wet market for grocery shopping. I was still angry at the loss coz I took so much time and effort caring for the plant and it died because of my aunt.
|my mum seems to be gloating.... hmmph...|
Thinking back, maybe I should have added support branches for No.3 so even though there was strong wind, at least it was secured to a stick and would not have snapped? Sigh. But on a slightly happier note......
Updates from my mum's side....
My mum send me these 2 pictures on the 28.01.15 which is a week ago from the previous update. Looks fine. However, my mum notices that the leaves are slowly turning a bit lighter to yellowish green and not as dark a green as before
Then on the 18/02/15, when I went back home for reunion dinner before the lunar new year, I finally saw the plants in person and took a couple of photos. It was actually still going strong and not as yellowy green my mum claimed. So far, I did not notice any flower buds but a lot of leave buds that are going to grow out.
The problem now is that the plant has outgrown the support and it is impossible to remove and replace with a longer support as its intertwined around it. The top part is left dangling up quite worrisome that it may snap since its opened air and the flat is nearby East Coast Park with the strong sea breeze.
|this alone in the pot was the only one sprout that grew from the seeds I gave her.|
|proved that my mum has the green finger...envy much...|