So, this is my latest casualty list, Scottish-style. I guess I'm feeling a little gaelic. Like the black plague sweeping through the highlands in the 1300s and 1600s, I have swept through my indoor garden, leaving death in my wake. Seriously, look at how long this list is.

Abutilon striatum 'Thompsonii' - Ah fergot to water et!

Alocasia infermalis 'Kapit' - Ah fergot to water that, too!

Araucaria heterophylla

Adantium pedantum - good riddance, ye misbegotten bastard of a fern!

Breynia nirvosa 'nana' - poor wee little bonsai.

Citrus x meyeri (Meyer lemon) seedlings

Citrus hystrix (Makrut lime) - It's DEED, DEED and a doornail.

Codiaeum 'Picasso's Paintbrush'AHM STILL GLAD YER DEED, YE NEEP-HEIDED 

Coprosma noid, possibly 'Evening Glow'

Grevillea robusta

Juncus spiralis 'Variegata'

Mandevilla splendens - To hell with ye, ye great barmy vine.

Nematanthus wettsteinii 'Variegated'

Neoregelia 'Kimberly'

Nephrolepis exaltata 'Emina'

Passiflora noid

Podocarpus 'Bird's Tongue'

Sansevieria rorida - Ah'll never ferget you. Ah'll play a doleful tune, on me pipes, o'er yer grave.

Sedum spp. cuttings - FECK YOU, APHIDS

Tillandsia (various)

Yucca elephantipes

Now, keep in mind that this group has been accumulating for several months. It's not as though one weekend I just went on a massive killing spree. And I did manage to re-home several other plants on craigslist before they contracted a fatal case of kitten, otherwise this list would be longer. But you have to admit, it's still a pretty impressive death toll. I'm that monster in the scary story that plants tell their plantlets, to keep them in line. Hopefully some experiential knowledge was gained from all this, hopefully these failures have taught me more about success.



  1. I refuse to believe that you were able to kill a Yucca elephantipes (guatemalensis). Why don't you tell us what really happened, mmm?

    Also I'm wondering about a cause of death on the Grevillea.

  2. I find that Mr S took the words right out of my mouth, er, fingers.

  3. Now I don't feel quite so guilty about the various potted brown sticks in my house. At least dead plants are a good excuse to go shopping.

  4. You bagged a Juncus Spiralis? Impressive. I am impressed.

  5. Hahahha, many seem to have met their demise from the lack of watering. You can try this next time?

  6. Okay, so, the trick with Grevilleas is easy: systemic insecticides. I found several mealy bugs on it, and decided that rather than try hand-to-hand combat, I'd hit it with horticultural oils. Predictably, the neem oil didn't do shit, and the plant didn't seemed stressed at all, so I hit him with some Bonide granules too. I'm thinking that's the COD, because the whole plant turned completely black. Black!

    The Yucca sealed its own fate: some kind of leaf fungus, possibly rust. Online comparisons of pictures and info indicated that there was no cure and the situation was possibly contagious. So I gave it a permanent time-out in the dumpster, to think about what it had done.

    And psh, yeah, I killed that Juncus. I can't wait to get another one from Pesche's and try it again!

    Thanks, meemsync. The really pathetic part is, I was not on vacation. I underwatered them to death right here, in my own hizzouse. Sad.