How is your visit going? I hope you and Howard are nestling in a sturdy shelter as the nor’easter rolls in. But then, I suppose Cape Breton houses are used to bearing the brunt of storms. With all that rain, you must be enjoying lots of cozy talks with your sister.
You’ll be happy to know that the four overwintering new guinea impatiens from your garden have now been joined by eight more from Tucker’s. That way, if the one poorly impatiens doesn’t make it through the winter, there’s a chance one of the others will and you’ll still get four for the spring.
I waited until the soil in the poorly plant dried out, and then watered it from the bottom. I’m hoping that if I don’t water the top of the soil, the mold that covered it will die out. That plant is in its own roast chicken tray where I can keep an eye on it.
I’m so glad you told me about cutting back the plants to keep them from getting spindly. That’s something I didn’t do with the three that survived last year’s housing, and although they’re still alive and bloomed all summer, they pretty much looked like a child’s drawing of pink blotches on sticks. Am still deciding whether to bring them in as well, and see if I can get them to branch out.
I’ve also brought home the dracaena spike from Tucker’s windowbox planter. I was surprised when potting “it” to find two, not one, dracaena. They were growing so close together that I’m guessing they’re mother and daughter plants. The pretty gallon pots I placed them in almost look too big for them, whereas the dracaena coming inside for its second winter needed potting up.
The oldest dracaena, in for its third winter, should take some time to outgrow its purple pot. Anyway, if you’d like a spike come springtime, you’re welcome to it.
Have a good visit with your family, and safe home.