Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A farewell to house-shrubs and house-trees

The only thing about my upcoming move that gives me pause is saying goodbye to my 100+ houseplants. Among the few you see in this picture is my “tree.”

I found it in a little shop called “Eden in the Alley” in downtown Seattle, WA. I happened upon this shop on lunch break one day when I used to work at the SAS building. When I found this tree (then about 10 inches tall) sitting on a shelf, I simply could not leave it behind (yeah, heard that one before). It soon became the anchor for a desk full of plants in my cubicle.

Now taller than me, I must say goodbye to her and all the other plants which I have come to know as dear friends. However, when I thought about it the other day, I realized that I haven’t got a clue as to what this plant is. Googling “curly leaves looks like ficus” doesn’t get me very far.

Any guesses?

The original tag in its pot had said “weeping fig,” but I know better. It’s neither a weeping fig nor any type of ficus. Ficus are temperamental little buggers who cringe at the slightest movement. The most beautiful ficus I’ve ever seen were growing naturally in the sand in Placencia, Belize.

This tree, a lover of the brightest, hottest sunshine, has survived all manner of adventures with hardly a yellowed leaf!


  1. Wow 100+ houseplants? Thats quite an achievement. Well done.

    BTW Were any of those plants producing fruits or veggies??

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  2. Darn comment moderations! OK, now this should work…

    I've probably given away three times as many plants as I have today!

    I do have some flowering plants, like my lipstick plant and my chenille plant, and of course the clover and spider plants don't require any encouragement to bloom!

    I've also had onions, avocados, pineapples and herbs growing among the ranks... but as to actual fruiting - my indoor veggies are always leggy and fruitless. I stick to outdoor gardening with those. :)

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