An employee who has just returned to the office after two years of remote working got a surprise when they found their desk plant had grown almost to the ceiling.
More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still shaking up working life for Americans. Many thousands quit their jobs in the so-called Great Resignation. Among those who didn't, some got so comfortable working from home that they don't want to stop. A Pew Research Center study released in February found that 61 percent of remote workers in the U.S. were now doing so by choice. Other employees are finally returning to their workplaces to face new challenges—such as overgrown plants that look a bit Little Shop of Horrors.
Thankfully, Reddit's houseplants group is here to help, diving into the comments to offer advice to the photo's poster, who goes by the username ndewing and captioned the image: "Two years of remote work and I come back to THIS! Any ideas on replanting, or do I leave it alone??" One Redditor, froststomper, had grappled with a mutant plant before, commenting: "I had a schefflera that my grandmother only watered and kept too far from a window that grew sideways.... for me surgery was the only option because I couldn't get it to fit in my house.
"So, I cut it as low to the base of the stalk as I could without curves and put it in water that I replaced every couple of days, I let roots get super established and then plopped it in a pot, now it's nice and straight. Maybe you could do something similar?"
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