Starting this thread as there were a few people around with greenfingers
I can give a little background on @patrik.lasota and my not-so-friendly spider plant growing competition:
It all started one horrible rainy day…when I “insulted” his spider plant. It was honestly the most scraggly, sad looking spider plant I have ever seen. Yellowing, thin, malnourished and under watered. I told him that the plant should be put out of its misery and binned, so he can start over with a nice looking plant. Well, apparently this was equivalent to insulting his first-born.
Every day just walking past this plant made me angry. It was just annoying to look at. Like a big huge plant failure glaring in my face! Sometime during the year I lost a bet with Patrik (I can’t remember what it was), and so I had to suck up the consequence and re-pot his spider plant. That was the price to pay for losing the bet.
So I did. I admit, I thought about sabotage while doing the re-potting, but in the end I couldn’t bring myself to it. I couldn’t personally kill an innocent plant on purpose, so I chickened out. I made a huge effort, did a really nice job and for a long time after the plant looked healthier. I was quite happy, I thought that my loving care had rejuvenated it.
Sadly my happiness was not to last. The spider plant, despite its short lived rejuvenation, began to look sad again. I personally blame Patrik’s watering schedule (or lack of!).
So I got annoyed at it. Again.
But then it was time to move office! I noticed the plant had been moved in the packing chaos to a quiet corner of the kitchen where it lay unnoticed. On the last day we moved I even checked the kitchen and I noticed it had not been packed. “YES!!” I thought. “He’s going to forget it, and it will stay here and die, and then he can FINALLY get a new one!”.
I was blissfully unaware of any spider plant for a long time after the move until a couple of weeks ago. I made a mistake and I teased Patrik about the long forgotten spider plant. To my horror he told me it was not forgotton, he had gone back to the old offices and saved it. It was now in his house, “thriving” (his word, not mine. I don’t think I would ever associate that plant with the word thriving).
Naturally I scoffed and doubted it, and he whipped out a picture. Yes, he has a picture on his phone of it, he was that proud… Anyway, it did seem to be producing some babies on long, scraggly stalks. I can’t remember the exact way it came about but I’m sure I said something like “I bet I can grow a better looking spider plant than yours, even from your horrible offshoots”.
And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how I got stuck in a spider plant growing competition with my horticultural arch nemisis, Patrik. Any tips are welcome!
Here is a picture of the babies I’m growing. I’m not sure about the ones on the far left, they seemed a bit weak, but the other two pots I have high hopes for.
I’m sure @patrik.lasota will chime in sometime soon with his version of events and/or a picture of his original plant!