Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:22
You'll have to excuse my ignorance as I have absolutely no clue about plants, but perhaps you'll take pity on me as I really want to save this poor house plant of which I am very fond.
I don't even know what kind of plant it is - I have always just called it Bob. I was given it as a present about five years ago, when it was just a little spring of leaves in a tiny pot, purchased from Wilkinsons, probably for about 99p.
Bob grew at an incredible pace for the first few years, and I repotted him three times. He always had a great crop of glossy leaves and was cheerful and strong. He has moved house with me several times and always survived and even thrived.
However, over the last couple of years, he has lost a lot of leaves. They gradually turn brown and drop off. This mostly seems to happen in the winter (although I don't think he is a diciduous plant, if that is the right term...). Gradually he became more stem than leaf, but always with a fresh clutch of new leaves in the middle.
Last winter, however, the leaf loss was even more than usual and then, just as spring was trying to arrive, disaster struck. My flat was being painted, and one day I came home to find Bob had been bashed, and his lovely new clump of leaves had been snapped right off as a one.
His other leaves have continued to drop, and he only has three left now, and they are going brown and droopy at the ends, so won't be around much longer. His middle section is still strong seeming, but hasn't grown since the injury. His stem is still long and thick and seems quite robust. I keep him in plenty of sunshine, and try to make sure the compost is damp without being too wet.
The picture shows the sorry state he is in now.
Do the good people of this forum think that poor Bob can be saved? If so, what should I do? I am really sad to see him in such a poor state and wish I could stimulate new growth.