Be sure to clean up the area around where the infected plant lived as well. I use vinegar (kills the larvae) and Dawn dish washing detergent. There are lots of posts on Pinterest about what things this will clean, but it is also terrific for cleaning windows. Just a drop of two of Dawn, 1/4 cup vinegar to a quart spray bottle.
|Overgrown clivia which is not longer blooming might want to be divided and live in this now empty pot, but first...|
|Have you discovered these wonderful plastic buckets?|
|Fill 1/3 full of water, add a tablespoon of Dawn and 1/3 cup of vinegar.|
|Scrub with a brush....hmmm, add another cup of vinegar.|
|Set the pot with the bottom soaking for awhile to let the vinegar dissolve the hard water deposits.|
|Attempt to remove babies with a trowel.|
|Give up and turn the pot on its side and try to pull babies out by themselves.....|
|Pull the whole plant out onto the kitchen counter.|
|Wind Sock on East Deck|
|Tar inspecting strap added to tether the iron couch to the deck rail.|
|Pot (full of soil) that was on the untethered table now blown over. Fortunately, I heard it go over and ran out to rescue the unbroken glass top not yet blown off the chaise lounge.|
|First Clivia baby in its new home.|
|A little water and fertilizer.|
|Remove geranium for matching pot, so the second baby will have a home as well.|
|Poor geranium, back into a plebeian plastic pot for the rest of the winter.|
|And here is another plant that I recently re-potted when it threatened to take over the living room.|
We believe this plant is over a hundred years old. It originally belonged to our friend, Ken Cone, owner of Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, in Colorado.
When we were living in Austin, Texas, Ken moved to Japan to study with the Japanese Olympic gymnastics team and could not take his grandmother's split leaf philodendron, which she had nurtured from way before Ken was born, with him and asked if we would like to have it. It lived outside in the milder Austin climate on a covered porch. When we moved to Albuquerque almost 40 years ago, we brought it in the car with us. At that point it filled up the entire back seat.
We have re-potted it three times now. It seems to drink from the fountain of youth and probably will never die as long as we water it. Wonder which of our children will take on its care when we die? Maybe Brittany, since Colin has such a green thumb. Colin's green thumb started this whole post, since his Clivia looks like this:
|Photo by Brittany For Kitchen Come undone...and redone|