My First Root

This is a story about a blogger.

About one blogger whose sedentary lifestyle caused her to move so little that her body started a root the other day!

Okay, not really, but maybe one day…

And no – I have no clue who that blogger is!

Anyway…

The fact is that just recently – when I was writing about my new mint plant and taking pictures of it – I ended up with this sprig.

I felt sorry to just throw it away – it looked so strong and full of life.

That’s when I remembered my Mom who’s a real plant queen. She grows zillions of plants and it was very usual to see a glass filled with water in our house when I was growing up and in that glass there was a sprig of a plant starting new root.

So I thought to myself: ‘Hey, why not give that a try?’
 
 

About one week after I’d put the sprig in water I found this!

I guess I don’t even have to explain how astonished, happy and elated I felt after I’d noticed it.

That was the first plant in my life I helped to root.

I know it might sound silly but for some reason it felt terrific.

Maybe it was the prehistoric woman in me jumping for joy.

Yeah.

Probably.
 
 

So it was time to give my new mint plant a proper home.

Mint requires good drainage – this pot seemed to be just perfect.
 
 

I filled the pot with some soil that I’d bought in a store and placed the sprig in the middle.
 
 

Like this.
 
 

Don’t freak out!

Don’t.

I beg you – please, don’t you go crazy.

I’m just trying to help here.
 
 

I had a look at my ‘bigger’ mint plant and noticed that someone was smart and knew that if he/she snipped off the tip of the sprig – just above the leaves – the two leaves would turn into two new branches.

That way the plant gets bushier.

Clever, isn’t it?
 
 

I promise to show you this mint some time soon so that you see everything is alright.
 
 

Hey, but I have a new sprig now!

Awesome!
 
 

That’s one happy ending to this story, isn’t it?

I guess I will give this new mint plant to my Mom as a little thanks for what she’s taught me.

Oh, and if you ever come across a sprig of mint in your drink one day just remember that there’s no need to leave it there or throw it away.

Just bring it home, place it in water and watch the miracle of life unfold.

See you soon.

Love,
Petra
 

4 thoughts on “My First Root

  1. 1
    Becky says:

    Oh Petra, yay for you!!!! I’ve been doing this same thing for years and I still get excited and happy when it works!

  2. 2
    Tes says:

    Mint is so easy to grow…. We have it in a small kitchen garden where we can plug it fresh for cooking!
    I’m so hapy for you finding the miracle of life 🙂

  3. 3
    tofugirl says:

    This post is so cute 🙂 I always end up with things sprouting and growing roots by accident, and I’ve only recently started planting them….it’s kind of nice 🙂

  4. 4
    Ong Seng Aun says:

    Cute post.

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