orchids from a near-death experience in a WalMart Garden
Center. Or pseudo-Garden Center. They were actually on a table in the vicinity of the Garden Center, near lawn fertilizers, weed killers and mole bait. This table used for Scheduled-To-Be-Discarded-Soon items, had plants reduced 50% off the original price and then another 50%. I bought all four for less than the cost of one orchid from the Still-Healthy-For-A-Few-More-Days table.
Many years ago I lived near a K-Mart retail store that had a Garden Center, an area of the store I silently dubbed the Garden Cemetery. The plants that withered away in this store, and there were scores of them, did so because they were either drowned or dehydrated. Only two people worked in this center and both were kept busy restocking shelved items, leaving little time to keep watch over hundreds of plants. Their MO was it's best to give them a good soaking, (the plants, not the employees),when they had the time. Not many plants are happy when their feet stay wet, African violets included. I didn't hesitate to look in the trash cans inside this K-Mart's garden center and pluck out plants that had been deemed dead. In fact, the worse a plant looked, the more I had to have it. Sometimes the crown or root rot had gone too far and the stem wasn't salvageable. In that case, I'd pluck off a leaf, set the blunt end of it in water and eagerly await the sight of a new root system. I had a high success rate, enough so that I had a collection of over four dozen violets, most of them re-starters.
Any plant rescue or something else stories?