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Post  HouseofWool on 7/8/2011, 6:07 pm

I stopped by a local nursery today looking for another type of compost and stumbled across a bedraggled rhubarb plant today that I scored for just a couple of bucks. But it was steeply discounted because it would give Charlie Brown's tree a run for it's money. The root looks healthy enough and I will transplant it into a container of MM tonight.

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Post  Kelejan on 7/8/2011, 7:06 pm

I love rescue stories.

Please take a picture of it now, and then another when it has recovered as I am sure it will under your tender loving care.
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Post  HouseofWool on 7/10/2011, 9:35 am

Kelejan - here is the poor little thing as of yesterday morning.

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You can see one main stem with a leaf that is about 3" across and two little baby leaves that are just poking out. When I pulled the plant out of the plastic pot from the nursery, there main root had almost no rootlets, so I am really hoping that this latest batch of MM works for it.

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Post  Kelejan on 7/10/2011, 11:43 am

Thanks, HouseofWool for posting that picture.

I look forward to seeing picture or two as you fight to save it. Very Happy
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Post  HouseofWool on 7/10/2011, 11:53 am

We got hit with a nasty thunderstorm this morning, and I was able to bring it on to our covered porch before it got too bad. I don't think it would have taken any damage very well.

Here's hoping for strawberry rhubarb pie next spring!

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Post  Goosegirl on 7/11/2011, 8:33 am

I thought of your rhubarb this weekend when I was at the local Pamida and all plants were 50% off. I almost grabbed a few grape vines, except there was not one of them that had a single green leaf left! I bent the stems and they almost cracked in my hand (is that like squeezing the peaches in the produce section?), not a bit of life left in them! If there had been any hope at all, I would have grabbed a few and set up a small vineyard.....

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Post  HouseofWool on 7/18/2011, 2:19 pm

The two leaves that were on the plant when I purchased it, have bit the dust, but there is new growth!

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Post  Kelejan on 7/18/2011, 3:03 pm

The new growth is what counts. I did not expect much of anything to come from the old leaves but I did think there would be new growth. You will have to give the little plant time to recover.

A week ago I went into our local Canadian Tire store to see what they had cheap in the way of lettuce etc. All I found was a six-pack that had two very sad lettuces just about surviving and the pack was dry. No price tag and the check clerk had no idea what to charge. I suggested 50p so she accepted that. Now they are showing signs of vigorous new growth so I am happy about that as I needed a fill-in between the transplants I bought earlier and finished stripping the leaves from, and the recently seeded lettuce that is now sprouting. Still have to get succession planting sorted out. All the annual flowers and veggies were on sale but in my opinion they were overpriced.

I also visited the local nursery offshoot of the large centre in the next town. There were loads of annuals for sale, all about three-quarters dead and still at a very high price IMO. Once gain, most of them were dry as though the limited number of staff could not keep up with the watering of them. Naturally they were all pot-bound.
If they had halved their prices again I may have considered buying something to fill up some spaces in my yard. This happened last year, and I am sure that with proper management of care and the marketing of them, they would have ended up with more cash in the till and more satisfied customers.

I did buy some marigolds for a splash of colour in the garden and on taking them from their tiny container I could see how pot-bound they were. After teasing out some of the roots and planting them in lovely compost I deadheaded and watered them thoroughly so that the plants could concentrate on producing fresh roots and greenery and then flowers. Otherwise they would have quickly gone to seed as that is the purpose in life of plants.
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Post  HouseofWool on 7/18/2011, 3:24 pm

I didn't expect much out of the two existing leaves, so I am not at all bothered by their demise. I am thrilled with how vigorous the new growth is.

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