An unusual houseplant

This morning, upon opening the front curtains, I was greeted by yellow flowers. This wasn’t totally surprising, as the plant had been in bud, but usually the squash are nursed in the shed rather than adorning a windowsill.

The surprise aside, it looks like this eager beaver needs to be hardened off pronto. Its sibling is already halfway there, although not in flower, which might be explained by its having to endure the elements outdoors. The tomato plants which have accompanied it during the hardening off process are bearing up but not growing right now. Poor things.

A second surprise came in the form of my other squash variety. I’d originally put two seeds in a pot. One germinated, the other didn’t. I then transferred the squash seedling plus all original compost to a new pot. Now, weeks later, it too has a sibling.

Hopefully, the smaller one will allow the other to continue growing and when it comes to planting the latter I can then extract the former. Otherwise, I may end up damaging both and have none.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to An unusual houseplant

  1. Hope you manage to get them planted out soon. That squash is keen!

  2. Something interesting to try!

  3. It’s fun to get surprises of the plant variety. Yellow is so darn cheerful, too. I hope you get a bountiful crop, Helen.

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