Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the geriatric oak tree

Do plants die of old age?

My mom points out that even people don't really die of old age - they die of various ailments in old age. So is it the same for plants? What's the life expectancy for most plants, as long as we don't kill them ourselves? Do geraniums just weaken and weaken until they pass away, or would they live forever as long as we treated them well?

I wouldn't know. I am the worst plant-mommy ever. They die on purpose, just to escape my tyrannical rule.

srah - Friday, 26 September 2003 - 8:30 PM

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Comments (13)

gravatar Kathy Howe - September 26, 2003 - 11:33 PM -

You plants and my plants should start a support group.

gravatar srah - September 26, 2003 - 11:37 PM -

I don't have any plants at the moment. I have shown them mercy by not having them.

gravatar Spike - September 27, 2003 - 6:06 AM -

A friend once bought me a bamboo Christmas tree, since they are extremely difficult to kill: put them in water and leave them there. Mine died. *sigh*

gravatar townie - September 27, 2003 - 9:28 AM -

One of my proudest accomplishments is keeping a houseplant alive for over 15 years. I'm still not ready to move on to pets or children though.

gravatar srah - September 27, 2003 - 10:13 AM -

These are great stories. Keep 'em comin'!

gravatar Kathy Howe - September 27, 2003 - 10:39 AM -

You can overwater a cactus.


gravatar katie - September 27, 2003 - 10:39 AM -

I can't keep plants alive either. I mean, I cut them and bring them inside in a vase so they'll be warm and happy, and they wither within days! Sigh...

I can't keep pets alive either. :(

gravatar katie - September 27, 2003 - 10:42 AM -

Grrr.... Srah, fix your comments window code so that links open up in a new window, instead of in this tiny confined box. :(

gravatar srah - September 27, 2003 - 10:44 AM -

Nein. Civilized people use their "open in new window" function.

gravatar Jez - September 27, 2003 - 12:48 PM -

Yeah, but we're not civilised.

gravatar srah - September 27, 2003 - 12:55 PM -

Well then, you'll have to remind me how one does that.

gravatar Justin - September 29, 2003 - 1:10 AM -

Ooh ooh! I know!

In your link brackets, add target="_blank"

There, now we're even since you taught me title spans.

Nerd talk. It's all the rage.

gravatar srah - September 29, 2003 - 1:16 AM -

Is there a way to do that so that in the comments, links will automatically open in a new window without writing in the "target" thing, but they won't in the main window of the blog?

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