It is a foolish person who buys a plant that they know is going to get really huge and then worries when it gets really huge. Dear reader, I am that fool.2018 I bought a monstera, a 'Swiss Cheese Plant'. I knew that they get really big and knew that it would not spend very long politely living on the side table. As time went on, sure enough, it got big and needed repotting and some support to keep it upright. This was all fine. I had a nice space for it to grow in and it all seemed in control.
This year I have filled the space behind the sofa with the cat tower, now beloved of Fluffy Pete.
So that left the monstera outside and I fretted about it. It got to the end of November and it was still outside; there had been a couple of frosts but still (surprisingly) the monstera looked ok. It looked better than I had expected as really they should not get colder than 15 deg.
and then it snowed.
Why, I hear you ask dear reader, did you not cut it back and bring indoors in the first place?
I didn't think of it is the shameful reply.
Weeks passed and November became December. I kept checking the Big Cheese as I had started to call it, but there was no sign of life returning.
December became January. I kept watering BC as I had started to call it, but to no avail.
January became February- nada - not even a twinkle in its eye.
February moved inevitably towards March and at the cusp of the new month appearing …..
I looked closely and there are a horns of life, those protuberances that signal that something deep in the plant pot is stirring.
A few more days and this is very much a plant that wants to live! The plant has pushed forward with its will to survive and decided to get back on track. I have started giving it a little feed now to help encourage it.
Now I wonder if it would like to summer outdoors again?