Every spring I take my plants outside and let them enjoy the summer. They're all indigenous to tropical areas, so they grow well in our hot, humid temperatures. However, that means that before the first frost I have to get them back inside. The pots are large, and it's a messy job to soak everything (15 minutes per pot) in a sinkful of mildly soapy water to remove any potential bugs, and even messier when I transfer the pots to a pan to drain. Then I have to find spots for all of the plants, taking into account which ones the cats like to munch on. After everything is put away the countertop and floor are a sloppy combination of water puddles and plant debris.
|Plants lined up after soaking and draining|
Spider plants don't produce babies until the pots are root bound, so I knew what I was in for. When I dumped the plant out I noticed the roots had completely encircled the piece of plastic that covered the bottom drain holes. I started pulling away the plastic, and this guy fell out:
|Does he get around or what?|
The frog wasn't moving too fast. I'm not sure if it was from the shock of being discovered, the chilly weather, or from his 15-minute soak in the sink. I felt bad for disturbing his hiding place, so after I finished repotting the plant I encouraged him to hop into a cup, put another cup on top, and moved him to a big planter box of pansies on the front porch. When I checked ten minutes later he was gone.
Wonder if I'll see any more frogs this season?