|This is what this plant is supposed to look like.|
WikiMedia Commons, Photo by Réginald Hulhoven,
I have one of these magnificent plants, except mine is majorly pathetic. At any one time, it manages to sustain no more than three leaves that are always brown and brittle at the tips. It melts when kept moist, then dries up when kept dry. There is a magic point of perfection that it demands, having taken millions of years to evolve its techniques for surviving its natural habitat. But whatever or wherever this magical point is, it has not revealed itself in the last two years I have had it.
Rareflora provided a short and concise instruction for how to care for this plant and at the very bottom of the article it said, almost as an afterthought, that they would not "recommend this plant for a beginner in search of low maintenance plants." Too late for that, it's already here. Since it has not had the manners to die in a decisive fashion, it can not just be tossed out (although that's been done to it too, and it survived). Going into its second year in Zone 7, the 40th Parallel, the plant is largely unchanged in size and girth.
|August 2013, in a plastic enclosure.|
If I knew anyone in Florida, I'd ship this plant there.
|Late autumn 2014, stuck in an infinite loop.|