Our customer service staff in our office has become the new plant doctors for returned plants. Plants that are returned to the office are usually sent to undeliverable addresses. Sometimes, the boxes have been on the road for two weeks or more and it’s amazing how resilient many of these plants are. Take a look!
Sometimes Kim re-pots the plants into a terra-cotta clay pot, but first she lets them acclimate from the stress before doing anything. Although, watering the plants is usually the first action after unpacking the plants from usually crushed boxes.
Recently unpacked from its long postal journey, this nearly indestructible plant has a few leaves left and even a flower on its stem. It will eventually look like this.
The Aloe plant has been repotted since it was in a 2.5 inch pot and is in an 8-inch pot now. The little plant in the 4-inch pot is Crassula lycopodiodes and is also doing quite well.
He has an Angel Wing Begonia in hand called ‘My Special Angel’. This Begonia is in need of more light, evident by the leggy appearance. Plus, it is in need of more fertilizer to darken up the leaves. The light green color of the leaves usually means a lack of feed.
The green leafed plant is Scarlet Leadwort (Plumbago indica) and the silver leaf with red is Begonia ‘Raspberry Swirl’. The Begonia is in need of higher light levels so the color of the leaves will intensify. Look at what the mature specimens will turn into.
Agave ‘Black Widow’ on the right and Agave ‘Porcupine’ on the left grow on an office desk far away from any window. Although, succulents like full sun, these are still thriving in less than optimal conditions.
She’s hoping it will look like the Christmas Cactus in our retail office and with all the tender loving care our office gives, these renegade plants have a great chance of not only surviving but thriving.