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VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 10, 2011
4:59 AM

Post #8484429

My neighbor and I were planting peppers yesterday and all of the neighborhood dogs reminded us that they love freshly tilled soil.
I remembered that I had a portable electric mesh fence that I had used on my small farm in Alabama.
We dug around in the "shop" and found it. As we were unwinding it there was about a 1 1/2 foot vine tangled in it.
The leaves of that vine were green and somewhat wilted but still supple.
I laid it in the shade for the rest of the day and last night put it in a plastic bag with a moist paper towel. I was going to call Texas A&M Monday.
This morning it was obviously dead-dead-dead. :(
Now here's were some of you might want to send in the folks with the white coats.
I packed that fence up in a cardboard box that had not been opened for 15 years!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot believe that I killed that poor plant. A plant that stayed green in a dark box with no water--a box that has been in storage that ranged from below freezing to 110+ for 15 years.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 10, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8485261

I really did not expect anyone to believe me. I would not believe it if I had not seen it myself.
Fellow DG'rs are probably thinking "better leave that fella alone. He's obviously delusional".



This message was edited Apr 10, 2011 1:31 PM
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8486828

LOL - And you KILLED it!

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 11, 2011
6:16 AM

Post #8487026

DD---you are an evil-evil person. Laughing at such a tragedy :)
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8489423

Yep, no telling what you murdered. That vine would have been one for the Guiness Book of Records.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 12, 2011
10:40 PM

Post #8491960

DD--There is a tiny bit of green on a leaf that has re-appeared on that plant.
There is a very slim chance that this is the one plant on earth that even I could not kill. :)
48flash
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2011
9:47 PM

Post #8496777

Quick, spray some Roundup on it------This plant is obviously some alien species sent to earth to take over-----you must stop it's evil plan before it's too late
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8497030

Yeah, talk about INVASIVE. If it can survive 15 yrs dormant, imagine once it gets LOOSE. Yikes!

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 15, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8497110

LOL-------But I really am upset it did not survive.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2011
5:11 AM

Post #8508232

Lord no! You imported another one to TX. LOL We have the McCartney rose and NOW the VORTREKER vine! Eeeeeee...


Are you serious?

This message was edited Apr 20, 2011 6:28 PM

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8508431

pod--I am serious but not to worry---I killed the poor little creature.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8509575

Did you ever have an ID on that supernatural plant?

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2011
6:44 PM

Post #8509872

I have no idea---but I froze it in case I ever have anyone interested in id'ing it. It was a vine with the stem growing thru the center of the leaf. I may try to ID it later but right now I am up to my neck in spring planting--
Evry time I think about that plant I find it hard to believe that it survived that but it was definitely still alive.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8509884

Well... if it survives the deep freeze we know we are doomed. LOL

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2011
9:29 PM

Post #8510237

LOL--
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8550304

If the vine goes thru the center of the leaf and the leaf is round, it could be chinese money plant.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 9, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8550396

Thanks steady,
That looks a lot like it--I'll dig it out of the freezer and see if I can tell more.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8568293

I forgot I took these of that poor little plant on the afternoon after it was found.
I just ran across them on my old camera card
Poor quality but that's all I have
That is obviously living green tissue on this planr

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VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8568300

#2

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VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2011
8:29 PM

Post #8568302

#3

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VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8568303

#4
Any ideas out there?

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pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 24, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8584240

I'm no vine expert -
but some honeysuckles have that round leaf/bract behind the blossom with the vine growing through it.
At first I assumed it had just been preserved like a dried flower - but the green looks really GREEN, doesn't it?
Weird

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2011
9:26 AM

Post #8584304

pollengarden-------that plant had live tissue---after 15 years-uprooted-in the dark in a box-and in temperature extremes. It defies logic.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 4, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8607923

If it survived that long in extreme temps, why not pot plant it and see what it does? It may resurect itself. Do I hear twilight zone music??????

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8609348

LOL-I may dig it out of the deep-freeze and try that. (Next full moon)
phreebsd
Prattville, AL
(Zone 8b)

June 1, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #9147913

so what ever came of this plant?
its been nearly 1 year now!

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2012
12:16 AM

Post #9148579

It totaly turned brown. I froze it and I think my house help threw it out when she defrosted. I still woder about it from time to time. Glad I took some pictures. Maybe someday someone will take an interest in what it "was" :(
LaWolf8
Los Angeles, CA

October 18, 2014
9:32 PM

Post #9960829

Glad yOu had a pic of it, my guess is honeysuckle also, it is a very hardy plant but you should name it Lazarus.

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