Apr. 21st, 2014

novapsyche: a young girl sitting with her fist up to her chin, her face turned away, ringed by a blue crescent (crescentgirl)
So this weekend, as it was so warm, I decided to move my plants outside into direct sunshine.

I did encounter a website that suggested that one "harden off" indoor plants (exposing them to increasing direct sunlight over several days) so as to give them the best chance.

However, on day two (partial & complete daylight time outside), as I was clearing out the dead leaves of the cilantro seedling (there were several) I noticed a copious amount of aphids not just on the plant itself but moving in & out of the soil. Considering how much close proximity all the plants shared on my windowsill, there was no way any of them were going back in the house.

So it's Day 2 of absolute complete direct sunlight & exposure (middle day is the joining of the Venn diagram).

The cilantro plant is on the way to the grave; there's no doubt. I wish I could save it, as cilantro is a flavor I've been really trying to cultivate on my palate recently, but if it's store-bought from now until next season that's just the way it's going to have to be.

The chives look sad. Probably not an aphid issue, as aphids avoid chives, but something has not been good for it.

The main plants to look to perhaps survive are the rosemary (hardy!), thyme, oregano (if the whiteflies [which came with the plant from the nursery] do not sap it dry), curly parsley, sage (maybe--I inadvertently overwatered it yesterday) & mint (perhaps). I want the basil to survive, but it had signs of damping off (mold on the soil) a couple of days ago, so that's touch & go. Pretty sure all others are doomed. Even the spinach looks like it's 50/50.

At least this means I won't over-invest in larger planters for replanting. *sigh*


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