Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I have a rubber tree that inherited from my daughter between her moves. It was one of those rescue operations that happen from time to time.

I repotted it and babied it along a little until it finally just took off. Now, a couple years later it had gotten too big for my living room. I'd already moved it to the center of the room but it reached the ceiling and was no longer able to grow straight.

Our son, Zac, was home for the weekend so I enlisted his help. He got a ladder and a hacksaw and got the job done!


 
 
We were able to get 3 nice sized new rubber tree plants in addition to the original. I'm hoping they will all take root. I clipped off the lower leaves of each one and they are sunk a good 10 inches into the dirt so I'm thinking if I keep them well watered they should be fine.


 
 
Being something of a hoarder of course I couldn't just throw all of those perfectly good leaves away! They are gorgeous leaves and some of them are over 12 inches long. I was just sure I would find a use for them at some point.
 
As luck would have it one of the art challenges for this month at www.communitythrive.com is "leaves". Perfect!
 
 
 
I don't think this is quite what Heather was thinking about when she decided on "leaves" in Autumn for the challenge but it what great timing for me! I have a bag full of the rest of the leaves I trimmed - can't wait to start the next one.
 
I don't know what will happen when the leaves dry. Will just have to enjoy them while they last wait and see what happens later.
 

5 comments:

  1. I hope it lasts for a long time Rene... it is quite amazing! Perhaps even when it has died it will retain a distressed vintage look !!

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  2. p.s. What a lot of plants you have in your living room.... must take a lot of looking after and watering!

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  3. That's a stunner. Maybe there is some kind of sealer to preserve it?

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  4. Omg! Can't believe the size of the three plants you got from it! Wow. It was a really tall plant. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I hope they all root. I love the leaf painting. It's so cool!

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  5. Heaven to mergatroid GF this totally ROCKS!! Or should I say SPROUTS!!! You are a Genius!!!!!

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