About a month ago, I gave up the fight against a pest that was attacking my passion fruit vine, and just went ahead and uprooted the plant. I took the soil out of the house, cut the plant and bagged the pieces—I didn’t want the disease to affect my other green babies.
Then I realized what day it was (no tree-cutting day, according to my Grandmother). I grabbed the root out of the trash, scrubbed it and placed it in water… A week went by and nothing. I thought the poor thing was done for, but the little green lady wasn’t having any of it; three days later, I saw the first bit of green popping out of the root.
Here is Miss Passion (of the Zombie) Fruit, three weeks after her death by shears…
…and this is a month after she rose (with some help) out of the trash, and sprouted.
It might be too soon to tell—let’s hope it isn’t—but I think the pest is gone. I’m not sure what the thing was, but it was eating the leaves… I tried pruning and it moved to the stalk… I chopped and chopped and chopped, but nothing helped. After I pulled the plant out of the soil, I noticed that the filmy thing went all the way to the roots. It was the reason why I threw it out.
Wondering what changed things? I’m guessing pure desperation and a bit of good luck. I didn’t add anything to the water, but the new leaves look healthy. Fingers crossed, right?
Oh, and I had to show you these cherimoya seeds. They look black (and smell suspiciously funky) while they are fresh. But I love the burnt honey color they adopt after they dry. I want to do something crafty with them; any ideas, my Wicked Luvs?