Friday, May 22, 2015

I Part With Another Treasure!

     As most of you know I am a senior who's trying to downsize so that I don't find myself in a pickle later on. I have posted about various things that I have parted with...canoes, cars, scythes, pianos. It's a long list. I've been at this for years. I didn't know I had so many possessions(junk). I've also written about how I hate garage sales.


     Once in a while I part with something that has some history to it. Today I sold my Ti plant. I got my Ti plant 45 years ago in the same month my son appeared. Ti plants were popular little things as giveaways at various events. You were given a two in. piece of log and told to put it firmly in soil and leave half uncovered. A month or two later a nice green shoot appeared. It wasn't long before I had to repot it.

     After about five years it would reach a height of about three feet and the top would get pretty ratty. That was time to repot it. I'd cut the top off about 2 in below the bottom leaves. I'd put it in a jar of water and in about two months roots would be growing and you could put it back in the pot. Meanwhile I had cut a couple of logs off the bottom stem and rooted them. I had plants at school and I don't know how many kids got Ti plants.

    So the other day we decided to part with the Ti plant and advertised it on Kijiji. It went to a nice home!

    Ti plants are supposed to be good luck. Put a Ti plant at your door and it will bring you luck. Kaye at Musings will correct me if I'm wrong!

    So today, my 45 year old Ti plant wen
to a new home.

39 comments:

  1. We had a Ti plant once too. I think we got rid of it when the cat had shredded many of the leaves.

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    1. Ti plants are very resilient. Just water them.

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  2. Oh I think this is sad. I don't think I could have done that. Well you know what is best.

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    1. I'm not really sentimental about things. I need the space.

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    2. I was thinking sad as well but I do understand the need to downsize. I have told myself this is the summer we will purge a lot of boxes from our move almost eight years ago.

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  3. I have never heard of these. Impressive plant.

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    1. They were popular at one time.

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  4. Almost every house in Hawaii has a ti leaf tree in their yard. I think it's because they are easy to grow. The leaves are used for cooking kahlua pork, chicken, fish, etc in imus (underground ovens). They are also used for hula skirts, leis, houses, and numerous, etc. by the Hawaiian people. I didn't know they were good luck, but I looked it up and sure enough I guess they are thought to be. I never thought to grow one as an indoor plant when we lived in Chicago. What fun! I wish I had done it. Hmmm... maybe I bring a stalk to Chicago when we go there again.

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    1. I gave these to kids. Some Middle school kids like plants. Thanks for listing all the uses for Ti plants.

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  5. I thought I had the eldest plant ever, a 45 years old Croton, but you beat me. It was a gift of my husband's boss at our marriage. I must admit I get a bit annoyed by the plant now it is growing to every corner of the room.

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    1. This one is nicely contained. It is about one meter across.

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  6. I remember these a bit, I have a few overgrown plants I am not sure what to do with.One nurtures them so long and it is hard to just cast them away.

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    1. Many plants can be topped and then put in water and they develop roots and you're in business again.

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  7. Never heard of a Ti plant until today. Parting is such sweet sorrow, eh. Lots of memories with that Ti plant. Glad it went to a nice home.

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    1. We are trying to cut down on things.

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  8. I've never heard of the Ti plant either. I can't imagine keeping a plant alive and healthy all those years. It is really pretty. Glad it went to a good home.

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  9. I never heard of these, either, but 45 years means you must have a green thumb. Either that, or they are very hardy. :-)

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    1. They may go by other names. The green thumb thing is highly over rated.

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  10. I was thinking about this the other day! I had a room with a corner of plants this size and larger. It got to the point where I couldn't lift them. The jade plant was huge. Eventually, one just has to let it all go! Good for you!
    I keep picturing my daughter, who emptied her late father's house last year. It took weeks...

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    1. Many plants can be topped and started over. A classroom was a good place for plants.

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  11. Hi Red, I learned a couple of new things in your post here about Ti plants. First of all, I guess I hadn’t paid attention very well … have seen those things … they are real nice looking plants … but didn’t know the name. It does look like they can take up some space! :-) That is a neat story about how you took care of that plant for 45 years and ended up giving away clippings to your students. Actually, that is a real nice looking plant and I’ll bet it was hard to let it go. Now, the other thing I learned is Kijiji – wow, never heard of it till today but now I know it’s a part of eBay, which I do know from quite a bit of experience on there. There is even a Kijiji for Seattle! Ha ha. I learn something from your blog with every post. Going back to your previous post, May 18, I feel a little bit guilty about “disappearing” … ha ha. Well, I haven’t really disappeared but I am taking a little break and slowing down for a while with my posts. When we get into the nice outdoor weather I have a hard time staying inside here in front of the computer. I do think you have a good idea there to mention something on the blog about slowing down or taking a break and so I will do that with my next post. I sure agree with you about posting and comments. You have one of the few blogs where you actually reply to comments and I really like that but still trying to decide if I want to do that on my own blog. When I first started blogging a seasoned blogger told me not to worry about replying to comments because folks will rarely have the time to come back and see what the reply would be. I still think that is true, but once I know there can be replies, I do go back and check for them, like here on Hiawatha House and another one is Bethany’s TodayLibertyorDeath. One thing you said: “I only have so much time for blogging.” That is so true and is really behind my slowing down for a while. I found that the more comments I got, the more time I spent looking at other blogs, and trying to go back to say thanks. If, for example, you’ve got 40 blogs to go check out, that can take a while. So, I don’t know how some folks do that every day but they do … they must love blogging more than I do. Ha ha!!! Well, I’m sorry to rattle on so long here. Take care back there and keep up the good work on Hiawatha House … definitely one of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I look at about 20 to 25 blogs a day. I think taking a break is good as many bloggers come back refreshed and full of energy.

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  12. bittersweet parting, i'm sure. but it looks quite big so i can see why you'd need to part with it. cool plant that i've not heard of either.

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    1. I'm not that sentimental so it's not that hard to let things go. I do have a Christmas cactus that I wouldn't want to lose.

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  13. I have tried these on occasion...I had no luck...you must have a green thumb. I am selling "stuff" too makes it easier for the kids:)

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    1. These are very easy to look after . just water them...nothing fancy. I'm selling stuff but there seems to be no end of it.

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  14. That plant sounds like it was a lot of work!

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    1. Not much work...just water it and every 5 years or so repot it.

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  15. Wow. That is amazing! Yu must have a green thumb. Kinda sad in away. Its been part of your life for 45 years! But, I am kinda sentimental in an odd way!
    Cheri

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    1. Not much of a green thumb on this one. Just water it and repot it every 5 years or so.

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  16. Now it has a nice home. Plant lovers will handle it I am sure with T.L.Care.

    I know this couple who moved. They wanted to downsize home to smaller. They are retired. Only problem they had furniture to no end and the kids didn't want it. So they told the new owner. She said is that the prices your asking for all that furniture. She said I will buy it. I love every piece. So now I don't have to think what I have to fill up in your home I just bought the very best . Now that is good luck.

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    1. That's a great story about the woman who took the furniture with the house.

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  17. Wow, that plant has been around for a long time! At least you found a good home for it.

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  18. I've not heard of this plant by name, but I do think I have seen one once before. I imagine it was sad to part with it after it being a part of your life for so many years. I'm trying to downsize too, and like you, feel it is going to be a long, slow process.

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  19. Oh, it's sad that you hace to part with your Ti plant. It seems to be growing happily in your hands judging from how it looks in the photo. Hope the new owner knows how to take care of it well.

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  20. That is a splendid achievement watching over it for the last 45 years. I am glad it went to a nice home. Downsizing here also.

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  21. Well, my house plants certainly never make it to the age of yours! I can grow anything outdoors but indoors is another story. It's nice you found a home where it will be appreciated.

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  22. Red this is so interesting, I never knew this about Ti plants and what a long time to have a plant, you must have a real green thumb!

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