1. Tiffani
    August 19, 2022 @ 12:40 pm

    This gives me so much hope. I have always wanted one of these. I found one for 3/$10 at home depot but it was dead. Like 2 brown yellow stems that broke when i touched it. I sat in home depot searching the internet and found your post. I bought it anyway and it had a huge healthy root system! I cleaned it up and planted it. I have it about a foot from a full exposer west facing window. I am wondering what facing window do you keep yours in?


    • Juliette Dellavia
      August 19, 2022 @ 7:12 pm

      I’m so glad to hear this helped you! They do like a lot of light, but not always direct. I have mine in a south-facing window, but there’s a tree outside, so the light is all day, but dappled. Even a couple feet from a window, or just out of the direct rays might be better. Good luck!


  2. Shannon
    October 15, 2022 @ 4:11 pm

    I scoured the internet for this very read! A Polly has been on my wish list for years and I finally got my hands on one a few weeks ago that was on the clearance rack. It appeared to be relatively healthy, but a little droopy. Got it home and set up and about a week after bringing her home…..SPIDER MITES. Treated her for that, knowing I may lose some leaves, and I did….all but one. That one seemed to be doing well for about two weeks, but over the last couple days I’ve noticed that stem is starting to die as well. 😒

    This blog has renewed my hope on continuing to care for my once lovely Polly and not just calling her a loss and tossing her in the trash. Do you have any suggestions on how I should care for the bulb? Should I go a head and remove the last damaged stem and leaf?


    • Juliette Dellavia
      October 21, 2022 @ 12:09 pm

      I just treat them the same way as if they are alive. Water, sunshine. It will come back to life. I have also harvested bulbs from the soil–they are round and hard, about 1/2 inch diameter. Those ones I put inside small planters, water the soil so it drains, and then put in a ziploc bag in a sunny spot. They will sprout–it takes some time, but you will get little baby ones. Good luck!


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