First, the good news... we have buds!
See those pretty little flowers? In a short time, I'll hack them off and dry them out and the cats will go nuts over them. Yay!
Now, some bad news... see my plant?
Do you see what color the leaves are? They're kind of... black. Look more closely:
I searched and searched the internet for an answer to this problem and I finally decided I had overwatered it. No real reason, except that everyone says the things like sun (it's got sun) and I certainly haven't underwatered it. So I stopped watering it for a few days.
Yesterday, it was drooping and seemed to be gasping for water and saying, "Need... drink... now!" (At this point, I could use a drink myself.) So I gave it some water and it perked right up. But the leaves are still black.
So I was at the library today (yes, that old-fashioned, pre-internet wonder of a thing) and I thought, "Hrm... wonder if any of these here books might have the answer to my problem..."
And the good news? I think one did! I didn't see my exact problem listed, but I saw a similar issue, which was attributed to "too much nitrogen." Turns out that the fertilizer I've been using is very nitrogen rich. Sooo... I'll stop using that and see if my plant returns to being green.
I've always joked about having a "black thumb." Now my plant is turning black and I have fears that it's actually true. Any gardeners out there want to chime in with opinions on this problem? Please do!