I'm still chucklin' after reading your article, Sharon. I have one houseplant, a pathos that Norm bought for $1.99 ten years ago. We have named it Seymour and I have chopped it down to three leaves at least six times in these past ten years. I have started at least 50 new plants from it and it still goes strong. The last time it was trimmed, the runners I cut off were around 30 feet long. And yes I said 30 feet. It went up the wall, across the windows and down the other side and then back again!!! But what a fun plant to use to teach the grandkids about plants and how they grow. We have really enjoyed it and I can't think of losing it...
Oh, I should have written about the purple passion velvety thing that I had, oh maybe 30 years ago, that took over my bedroom...up the window, across my bed, on its way to another window...it very nearly brought about a divorce before I realized it could be cut back.
Great story about your pathos...thanks for telling me!
Thanks, lost in a cloud there for a minute or two. But how did you know Quilter5bdsr's was a misspelled pathos too? No, don't answer, I'm deep enough already. I'll try the Epipremnun. Pretty tough are they?
Your question made me think about it, and I went to Plant Files to see if I could find pathos. Couldn't find that, then decided Quilter and I were both wrong, so I tried a different spelling. And there it was.
They are so tough I have to keep cutting mine back and back and back, then I stick the end cuttings in water and have them sitting all over the house. Yes...they are about the toughest house plants I've known. So tough I forget to water them sometimes.
Thanks for the question, I would never have thought of it if you hadn't asked, and I really don't like to make a spelling error like that. I wasn't sure of it's Latin name until you asked, either, so that needed to be mentioned as well. I think most people pronounce it 'pathos' as opposed to 'pothos'. I'd have to research that common name to know where it came from.
Thanks for straightening me out. I just know it as "Seymour" and that I, too, end up with glasses of cuttings all over!!!! It does thrive on neglect at times if I'm tied up with treatments etc for Norm but I still couldn't think of home without it...
Thomas, my dear...it will take over your house if you let it.
We had an ice storm last year, massive and terrible it was. My house was without heat for 10 days since we had no electricity within about a 20 mile radius. Maybe a bigger area than that. Anyway, I moved all my houseplants away from the windows and any possible draft, and during the days I boiled pots of water on my gas kitchen stove. I tried to keep the house above freezing, but had to leave at night.
At the end of those 10 days, when our electricity was restored, my houseplants survived, but that silly pothos flourished. Even those in the windows, the ones I forgot...the ones that I thought were frozen for sure...they just kept right on growing.
Trust me...it will live forever, it doesn't even care if you forget to water it for a week or two, but if you over water, its leaves will start turning yellow, so you'll know.