We have a few houseplants that are in a bit of a state of emergency right now.
I have a thirsty little fern recuperating in our shower since the rest of our house seems to have no humidity despite the whole-house humidifier being turned up to its highest setting.
I have an aloe plant in desperate need of replanting into a larger pot.
And then I have this plant, which up until yesterday was thriving. See it there in happier times, just trying to mind its own business on a table in our living room. It has actually grown quite a bit since this picture was taken and is now really filling out.
Then yesterday afternoon my son came upstairs while I was working on my computer and said, "I have a surprise for you! Close your eyes..." When I opened them I saw this:
Do those leaves look familiar??? I came downstairs and found this sad specimen on the coffee table:
My best guess for why he did this is that he was trying to put the leaves into one of our Tupperware containers like the rest of our produce. They look a lot like spinach leaves, if spinach leaves were variegated.
I asked him why he cut all the leaves off and he said, "Well, I didn't cut them all off..." (This is technically true, I suppose.) Then he said, "I had to cut them. It was my job!" (Not really sure where that excuse came from.)
Does anyone know what to do with such a drastic plant haircut? I am not sure if it will survive or not. I guess we'll see...