Posted 2M ago by @TenderBeebalm

When do you decide to "give up" on a plant?

Walter (the pinstripe calathea) was my very first plant as a plant parent in early October 2023 . He sparked my enjoyment of plants. When I first got him, he was tall, lush and thriving but that's when I learned about how finicky the calathea family can be and ever since then I have been in a power struggle with a plant that seemed to prefer death. I have purchased a special grow light and had it installed in my cubicle at work, I have gone through three humidifiers, added a rock tray with water beneath. I changed soil, used moisture meters to make sure I am not watering too often or not enough, I surrounded him with other plants, watched and read hours of information on calatheas. My desk is known as the zen garden at work because of everything I have added to try to help Walter thrive. And yet he still looks like he was put through a meat grinder. So I have to ask you other plant parents, when do you throw in the towel and walk away or cut the plant back 100% and start fresh? Help!
8ft to light, indirect
6” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
Full disclosure.. I don't do well with calatheas. I have sworn them off.

I have a plant that every time I think, I am just going to let it go, it puts on new leaves. It does just enough to keep from being thrown in the raised bed to help fill it. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ Usually, when I ignore it for the most part.

So..can't tell you when to throw in the towel on a plant that is still living. But maybe leaving it alone will make it pick a side. Good luck!
@TenderBeebalm if the plant has no green leaves, i check if the stem has any green eg scratch it, if it has no green, I check the roots, if the roots are bad then I admit defeat and give my plant the final rights. I just bought a plant on clearance that may die but I am determined to revive it. So that is the way I roll LOL πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†
@TenderBeebalm Don’t give up on Calatheas. The Pinstripe (Ornata) happens to be one of the most difficult to keep happy. Even one of the top plant enthusiast I follow, Summer Rayne Oakes has been baffled keeping hers happy (I’ve seen her talk bout it on an episode). Best to perhaps check on the roots as mentioned before making a decision to toss that stinker. If you’re up to a challenge. I for one did not want to endure myself. I actually sold my Pinstripe. I have too many plants that needed my attention. Mine just did not want to grow in my house conditions. Like most Calatheas, It needed more humidity to thrive. But this particular one needed high temp in combination with the humidity. My house is too dry.
@TenderBeebalm @Rockrlee @CheyenneRed
I hear my plants singing an old David Soul song (before most people's time), it goes:
"Don't give up on us, baby
We're still worth one more try
I know we put a last one by
Just for a rainy evening
When maybe stars are few
Don't give up on us, I know
We can still come through"

πŸ˜† 🀣 πŸ˜‚
@Seymour Starsky & Hutch has no place on the top 10’s back then. An old song indeed. We are showing our age. Those were the days my friend some good ole days!
@Rockrlee Some trivia David Soul only died in January this year (80). He originally started out as a singer as "the covered man" in the 60s. Lisa, did you ever see the Starsky & Hutch movie with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson? Hilarious πŸ˜‚ and Owen grabs a guitar 🎸 and then sings the song 🎡 🀣 Sooo funny. It's played for laughs, unlike the '70s show. But they show up at the end. If you haven't seen it, it may be worth a look. Ben Stiller goes in disguise as this character, so funny 😁 πŸ˜‚
@Seymour I will be sure to check it out. Thanks.
@Rockrlee you can blame me if you don't like it but Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson together gets me every time LOL And Vince Vaughan, Will Ferrell etc. I am not saying its a great movie but a good funny at times one. Let me know what you make of it...oh, and there is Snoop Doggy (Huggy Bear) and weed in the movie so there is a plant connection, just in case Greg app doesn't see any connection to plants LOL πŸ˜‰
@Rockrlee Do it! Do It! Ya'll know what I mean if you see the movie LOL πŸ˜† 🀣 πŸ˜‚ πŸ€ͺ
@Seymour πŸ˜‚ nope! When I'm done, I'm done. I have too many plants that love and appreciate me to spend all my time and energy trying to figure out what's wrong with one persnickety pinstripe calathea, no matter how pretty it is.
@CheyenneRed LOL, at least your plants know where they stand! And if they don't stand...they may be better to take it lying down. LOL...I like the fact your plants love and appreciate you and I tend to agree with them πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ˜
@TenderBeebalm I have been trying to make my pinstripe happy for over a year now, I have the same problem as you πŸ˜† I think I have understood the problem (more humidity for new leaves), but I still don't manage to please it. I even devided it in rage last year in hopes I could figure out one of them, so now I have two dramaqueensπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ I am wondering the same as you, if I should give up on this one.. give it to someone that still has the will to tryπŸ˜… Cause the plant is healty, is just don't want to make whole leavesπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

None of my other calatheas are as dramatic, not even the white fusion, which are thrivingπŸͺ΄