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1 hour ago, Happy Renting said:

Does you cat have a litter tray?

Cats are evil and will never enter here. As the missus agrees it’s possible she killed one and is nourishing the plant on it’s rotting body, it smells like that. 

5 minutes ago, sarahbell said:

Put it outside. Wait for bad frosts.

Sigh.
Bring empty pot in, put plant on compost heap.

I would love to, but as this is the only ever plant the missus hasn’t killed, she’s attached to it. 

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58 minutes ago, swiss_democracy_for_all said:

Cats are evil and will never enter here. As the missus agrees it’s possible she killed one and is nourishing the plant on it’s rotting body, it smells like that. 

I would love to, but as this is the only ever plant the missus hasn’t killed, she’s attached to it. 

Stinking Shitwort? Bad choice.

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9 hours ago, swiss_democracy_for_all said:

Wouldn’t that make the plant unhealthy? It seems to be doing well, putting out lots of new shoots. 

What plant is it? It could be a bog plant, that likes wet feet, but I'd be surprised because the majority of houseplants hate that. They are basically shade dwelling plants from the tropics that like occasional watering. In about 95% of cases anyway.

That plant in your photo looks like a streltizia nicolai aka white bird of paradise plant. If it was one of that, then it would have been very expensive. Has it ever flowered? If not, that's another indicator, as they take 5-6 years.

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It could be that you are overwatering it, and it is rotting. They don't need much water by houseplant standards, they are from South Africa so go without rain for months, I water mine once a fortnight only. Try watering it less frequently.

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I'm wondering if putting it outside and rinsing the clay pebbles/whatever the growing medium is with shit loads of water might help. Otherwise maybe lifting the plant and then removing as much of the pebbles/whatever it's growing in, then replacing with new pebbles? You'd have to add some food to the waterings it gets as the rinsing/replacing would remove all it's food.

I'm pretty much just guessing though. 

 

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2 hours ago, spunko said:

By the way, if yours has never flowered, you're in for a treat.

https://www.outsidepride.com/images/products/detail/gardenflower/birdofparadise.jpg

I've a vague memory of it flowering (white flowers) but could be confusing it with another plant.

I suspect that those of you mentioning over-watering are on the right track. Will try and persuade the missus this is the way to go but as all married men know there's an inbuilt resistance in the female to listening to anything the man says regarding domestic matters, so it would perhaps be better if I can feed the info to her via a third party.

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On 16/08/2020 at 09:46, spunko said:

What plant is it? It could be a bog plant, that likes wet feet, but I'd be surprised because the majority of houseplants hate that. They are basically shade dwelling plants from the tropics that like occasional watering. In about 95% of cases anyway.

That plant in your photo looks like a streltizia nicolai aka white bird of paradise plant. If it was one of that, then it would have been very expensive. Has it ever flowered? If not, that's another indicator, as they take 5-6 years.

pl2000033579_card3_lg.jpg

 

It could be that you are overwatering it, and it is rotting. They don't need much water by houseplant standards, they are from South Africa so go without rain for months, I water mine once a fortnight only. Try watering it less frequently.

 

It would seem to me that Swissy's smelly plant doesn't have a truly awful 1960s sideboard next to it, and your healthy one does.

Hence the cure is simply to put some shitty old-fashioned furniture rescued from the local tip adjacent to the afflicted plant...

 

XYY

@swiss_democracy_for_all

 

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