Alas Poor Houseplant, We Knew Him


My wife has had a houseplant for the past ten years. It’s one of those plants with huge leaves that thrives on being ignored. Despite ridiculous underwatering and one notable experience where we left it in the sun for a couple of days and it started to turn brown and crispy, it has done exceptionally well.

Unfortunately, it had outgrown its pot. So over the weekend we bought a new, bigger pot, roughly large enough to serve as the cauldron the three witches use in the beginning of Macbeth. Last night I attempted the transplant. Today, though all the leaves are leafy and green, the plant is canted to one side much like a well-known tower in Italy.

Should I try to re-plant the plant, or leave it and see if it decides to straighten up?

Comments (2)

  1. mheller says:

    I’d go back and rearrange the soil until the plant was straight. You can leave it canted if you want it to grow a bend, but it doesn’t sound like Amy Helen really wants to treat this like a bonsai, and a single bend probably wouldn’t look very attractive.

  2. johnmont says:

    @mheller

    Amy took care of it.