We have several plants in our home. One I've had for over a decade.
This ardisia went from about 6 inches tall at purchase to over 6 feet in height. Also, I discovered - after two years of ownership - that it flowers.
Since our most recent move, this plant has not acclimated well. In our previous apartment, we needed to tie up the branches and do some pruning to keep the growth in check. Once in our new home, it spent 6 straight months dropping leaves and entire branches. While that activity has ebbed, it's looking sparse. There is some new growth, but this tree just seems to be hanging on.
I have mixed feelings about what to do.
Part of me wants a new plant that better fills the space, but then what do I do with this one? A decade is a really long time to own a plant. This plant has seen me through graduate school, marriage, three moves, and a kid. Also, it's taller than me by no small measure. I feel like I need to get it back to full health so that it can live another decade.
Plus, I miss the flowers. They stopped showing up after our move.
Now, that plant in the kitchen we just got that is looking quite sickly.... that I have no trouble replacing with a succulent.
At what point do you call it quits on a plant?
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