The Pandora Problem

So, one day last summer, the Bald Kid came home from the garden shop with a few bags of potting soil, a ceramic pot and one of the strangest plants I’ve ever seen. It was so strange, in fact that it looked like it came from another planet–like maybe Pandora, from the movie Avatar.

When he first bought it and for months after that many of the leaves had odd ridges and bumps running right down the middle–which is one of the things that made it so peculiar.

We had fun, the Bald Kid and I, taking care of this silly plant and measuring how tall it was growing and wondering how tall it would eventually get, someday. When he left, he said, “Take care of Pandora for me. Maybe when I get back, it will be a huge tree.” Yeah, HE goes to live in Siberia for two years, and all I have to do is take care of his plant. Sounds easy, right?

Well, now on to the sad part of the story. This crazy plant was growing like mad and one morning I came in to find that the leafy top part had tipped over and snapped right off. I nearly cried. It was doing so well. All I could think of to do was to put the top half in a pot of root starter and leave the bottom half alone.

Here’s my question…

Does anybody have an idea of what this plant is called?

I’d like to call a nursery and get some advice on how or if I can save the silly thing. If I can’t and it dies–I’d like to replace it…but I don’t know what “it” is. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing–but I’d love some help or tips or information about it so’s not to do something really wrong and kill both pieces.

Any advice my friends?

Thanks…in advance.



12 Replies to “The Pandora Problem”

  1. Do you know which plant shop he got it at? Maybe you could take it back in with you and ask them what it is called. Maybe they would know or have another one.

  2. I’m not sure–but there are only a couple to choose from–that he would go to, I mean. The pot is so huge that I really hoped to avoid lugging that thing over there. :/

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  4. I believe what you have is called an echeveria , I live in Ontario and Canada and my cousins own a nursery farm, they sell these , I own one, but during winter they normally die(last years did). This years looks like yours, after most of the big bottom leaves fell off, leaving it looking like a tree, google the name and take a look!

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