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Living Room Plants Dying For Unknown Reasons
January 14, 2001
MANITOU SPRINGS, CO - Steve Garufi's only
two apartment plants, a small yucca tree and
a ficus plant, are reported to be very sick for
"plant standards" and has been pushed into the ColoradoGuy
spotlight as people offer advice over how to restore the plants' vitality.
At this time, it is unclear what exactly Garufi
is wrongly doing to the plants, which makes discovery
for a correct remedy even more problematic.
"It's very possible that you are overwatering them,
but then again, maybe they're not getting enough sunlight."
said Lisa Anderson, "You tell me … what are you doing to them?"
Garufi, who has been continually criticized for his general
caretaking skills, looked angry and exasperated. "Look,
I know I'm an idiot when it comes to this stuff. All I know
is give (the plants) water and don't step on them."
Anderson, a Manitou Springs neighbor and friend who recently hiked
with Steve on Barr Trail, gave him Plant Food
Plus, a concentrated liquid that helps plants grow.
Restoration Efforts Begin
On Saturday morning, Steve watered the ficus plant
and moved it squarely in front of the dining room
window, where it receives maximum sunlight. The
yucca plant, which Steve suspects may have been
"overwatered," has been given more sunlight and
will be purposely dried out.
"I think Lisa might be right," said Garufi, who received
both plants as gifts when he moved
into his Manitou Springs apartment last summer,
"those plants really don't get much sunlight."
At this time, Steve is offering a reward of a free
bottle of Ass Kickin' Ketchup for any person who can
help bring both plants to life.
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