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Spider Plants at the Laundromat


Today’s Just Jot it January prompt is “abscission,” from Lakshmi. I had to look it up. Here’s what I found:

“the natural detachment of parts of a plant, typically dead leaves and ripe fruit.”

It’s good to learn new words, especially when there seems to be no one word alternative.

Last week we took Marley to the vet to be neutered. That was not a natural detachment, but hopefully it will help calm him down a little and not add to the problem of homeless pets. His previous guardian said he sometimes escaped and was gone for a couple of days, so he may have offspring somewhere. After leaving Marley at the vet for his procedure, I went to the nearby laundrymat, which is technically spelled laundromat, to wash and dry a big comforter that had been in the attic for years.

This laundromat has some very nice plants in a big window. The snake plants and succulents are doing well, but the spider plants are pathetic. They probably get too much sun and not enough water.

dying spider plant

Abscission was not working for these plants. They needed help, and I could not ignore them.

I went outside to the attendant who was in her car on her phone and asked her if I could work on removing some of the dead leaves from the plants and give them some water. She looked at me like I was from another planet, then said, sure, I guess so.

Some of the plants were too high to reach, but some I was able to clean up and water. Later, I sent a FB message, presumably to the management who thanked me. The manager wrote that he or she had been very busy and did not have the much time to take care of the plants. I responded that I might drop by and work on them some more if that was okay and was told that would be fine. I hope this nudges someone at the laundromat to take care of the spider plants.

Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the healthy plants, but maybe will put some in the gallery below along with Marley the evening after his surgery when he was uncharacteristically mellow due to residual medication effects.

Spider plants are one of the few plants not toxic to animals. Fortunately, Mama Cat doesn’t play with them since she tends to be a cave dweller. For enrichment, we’re going to be adding some walking shelves that lead to her cat tree upper level, and I’ll be encouraging her with treats to use them.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “Spider Plants at the Laundromat

  1. My Spider plant is too fussy! I can grow the hard to grow planmts and fail with this one. It’s getting replaced with a Snake plant of Tuesday. Hope all is well.

  2. So glad that you gave the spider plant some loving care 🙂 I’ve not been successful with spider plants. I find snake plants very hardy.

    • Snake plants are amazingly hardy. Spider plants seem to like it here. Every now and then, one will get something like root rot, but for the most part, they are so prolific, I have to plant the extras outside. They die back in the winter and return in the spring.

  3. Hope the plants recover! What a good deed, JoAnna! ❤ all the best to Marley and Mama Cat! 🙂

  4. It looks as if you have another volunteer job

  5. Thank you for sharing!!.. I have a few spidey plants along with some Phil’s.. I don’t have a “green thumb” so any plant in this house has to be tough… 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your troubles be less
    Your blessings be more
    And nothing but happiness
    Come through your door
    (Irish Saying)

  6. I was recently gifted with a new spider plant. She’s been doing well so far in her new home here. I am short on time, but sometimes I need to make time for me to read and be present in blogosphere because I enjoy it. I feel bad for the plants but also for the caretakers unable to tend to their plants appropriately.

  7. I have a HUGE spider plant that produces so many babies I can barely keep up with propagating them. It too started out as a rescue from near death. It brings me so much joy. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m glad you understand, Mae. They are wonderfully resilient plants. I have given a lot away and planted some out in the yard. They come back every spring.

      • I think I’ll try planting them outside next! That’s a great idea I didn’t think about yet.

        • Here on the Carolina Coast, they die off in winter and come back in the spring. If you live in a warmer climate, they might keep growing and growing! FYI, I can’t get to your blog if you have one. It says, “no longer available.”

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