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Re: Man, did I do...

Then there was the time I divided and potted up the keikis from one  
of my (houseplant) bromeliads. Did it outside to avoid the mess, and  
left the plants out in the sun after watering them in. When I did get  
around to bringing them in, they had a serious case of sunburn. They  
survived, but never looked very pretty.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 18, 2006, at 4:50 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I fried my bay tree last year - it's potted and I move it into the
> greenhouse every winter - anyway it got seriously hot in there towards
> the beginning of spring and then I forgot to water. 4 ft tall and the
> thing was just sticks and crunchy leaves when I found it. Maybe two
> leaves at the bottom were still alive. I watered the heck out of it  
> and
> kept trimming down the obviously dead parts, in about 3 weeks it  
> had new
> growth everywhere, it lost maybe six to ten inches off every branch  
> but
> it lived. Your jasmine will probably do the same.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of james singer
> Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 9:26 AM
> To: Garden Chat
> Subject: [CHAT] Man, did I do...
> a dumb thing....
> Every month when the Social Security check coasts in, I buy two 40- 
> pound
> bags of salt chunks for the water softener. It's a ritual
> I have one of those Rubbermaid garden carts--not sure how to describe
> it, but I'm sure you've seen them. Shaped kind of like the bucket on a
> backhoe. Normally, I unload the bags of salt from the back of my truck
> into the cart, then wheel them around the house to the water softener.
> Two months ago, I got the bags of salt as far as the cart just as it
> started to rain. So I dragged the cart up the driveway to the  
> garage and
> parked it under the eaves. The storm was quite fierce and windy; even
> though the cart was more-or-less protected, it nearly filled with  
> water.
> And one of the bags of salt leaked. So the cart was soon filled  
> with an
> ultra-saline solution. And, because the cart is not water-tight, the
> solution leaked out and ran down the driveway--which is concrete--and
> ran off at the base of a large orange jasmine tree.
> Within a few days, it was obvious that the jasmine was in trouble. the
> front patio was covered by a blizzard of dead leaves, and leaving the
> tree little more than a bunch of upright sticks. So in something of a
> panic, I put a hose at the base of the jasmine and turned it on,
> thinking I might be able flush the salt out. The water from the hose
> bypasses the softener, so it wasn't coals to Newcastle. I let it  
> run for
> 3 or 4 days.
> Periodically since then, I've run the water at the base of the tree  
> for
> a few hours at a time.
> Today I noticed new leaves on the sticks. I don't know if this signals
> recovery or death throe. Interesting thing is that planted next to the
> jasmine are a gardenia and a coontie--and neither seem fazed by the
> heavy dose of salt.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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