WE HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF SCOLDING AS WELL ...
I do believe that we have to communicate with the plants that we grow. We have to be intimate with them. We need to greet them often, talk to them, protect them from all the unkind pests,
water them well, and of course, feed them with the necessary fertilizers.
By taking good care of the plants, we can expect them to grow well, with plenty of flowers, and lots of fruits. But, what if our plants show good growth, yet passive? For example, by lying dormant, hibernating - but no buds, no flowers, no fruits? I believe that such plants should also be given a little bit of scolding! We should in fact 'publicize' our scolding, on the internet, for instance. That would have far reaching effects on them.
In my recent entry (mid July 2010), “WAHAI KERA .... DI MANA PERIUK-PERIUKMU?” ,
I indicated that I was rather disappointed with my periuk kera (pitcher plant) for being so complacent.
I was upset, then, that despite the loving and tender care that I had been giving her,
she was not able to produce the pitchers that I had been waiting for.
She only managed to produce two bunches of flowers. But not even one single pitcher (pics below)!