An abundance of plants

An abundance of plants

Can you ever have an abundance of plants? My immediate answer is no. However, when you have limited space it seems the answer is yes.

Am I the only one who hates to throw out a living plant?

We have a house plant that I transplanted three years ago, into two pots. It recently needed to be done again. I ended up giving one away and putting another in a large pot on the floor. They all seem to be doing fine, but it was quite a struggle trying to figure out what to do with the divided plants.

Outside, I have ever-bearing strawberries. YUM! I started with eight plants, five years ago. I haven’t purchased anymore and I now have seventy-five plants. I have given many way, as I prune and replant (because I hate to throw away living plants). Today I actually pruned and pitched. Oh, I hated to do that, but I have too many strawberry plants. I will admit, you can never have too many strawberries, but you can have too many strawberry plants.

Anybody want some tomato plants?
Again, I have way more than I need. I started this new kind that you can’t get in stores… (“determinate” ones that are not supposed to vine all over the yard) as seeds. Three seeds per square, twelve squares. Of course, you are supposed to use survival of the fittest and prune them. Well, they all looked pretty fit to me. So I repotted them. Then they got bigger and I repotted them again. The sun porch was full of strawberry and tomato plants! We could hardly even sit out there, it was so full of garden plants. Eventually, they had to go outside. Four are planted but I still have seven in gardener pots that are too small. I gave away twenty-one plants and still have too many!
Apparently, some people don’t like tomatoes. Can you imagine?

So, am I the only one who hates to throw out a living plant? Do you all keep every off-shoot? If so, what do you do with them all? Or, maybe you are a brave enough gardener to practice proper pruning. I’d love to know your go-to method for when you have an abundance of plants!