I’ve been worrying about my Ming aurelia plant. I bought it about two months ago and placed it in a sunny window. It seemed quite happy at first, but then started having droopy and yellowing leaves. I fixed the droopiness by watering the plant more often, but I still have a problem with the yellowing leaves, as you can see.
When the plant was new, my friend Susan Johnston visited and mentioned that she has a very old Ming aurelia. Since I’ve known her since 1st grade (and I have the photos to prove it), I thought Susan would be a trustworthy advisor. So I sent her an e-mail SOS. The bottom line is she told me not to worry and gave me the following details:
Mine likes lots of sun, but it is back away from the window. I don’t think it likes a chill at night. I do let it really dry out – I water once a week. Does it have very good drainage? It doesn’t like wet feet. Mine is ancient. I bought it on 26th St. when I lived in Brooklyn. That was back in 1967 or so. Yikes! It was about 12-inches tall. It almost died once. I was out in NJ taking care of my Dad and Jim didn’t water it enough. Almost every leaf dropped off. But it came back and looks glorious now. It will grow out of the old branches, so it doesn’t just grow from the ends. I’ll send you a picture. I also add a few drops of Miracle Grow to the water every week – very diluted solution. I’ve only repotted it once in all this time – about 4 years ago. Poor thing was just all roots.
By quick calculation, her plant is over 40 years old. I guess she knows a thing or two about growing a Ming aurelia, and I guess that the Ming is a real survivor. After some more quick calculation, I conclude that I’ll be about 104 years old by the time mine grows this large. Wish I’d gotten an earlier start with this elegant plant.