Meet my cayenne plant, Carl. He was adopted on a sunny day in Maryland at the Valley View Farms nursery. His leaves drooped and he seemed weak, but I knew he had potential.
In about four months he grew and grew, constantly showing off his large supply of peppers that even began to turn red! Though, he was shy and didn't talk much (quite an introvert) so he mostly sat around the sunny balcony all day sipping on drinks like watered down Joy Juice made by his friend Monty.
One night, a violent storm rolled by that blew Carl off the balcony! He fell only one story onto the grass, but almost all the branches broke off!
Is he doomed? Will he one day produce red peppers again? There is still a branch with several leaves still attached. Either way, he won't be the same again. In his memory I have collected his remains that will be spread amongst my friends and family.
And no I do not put my pots on the balcony edge anymore, except to take pictures. My habanero plant Harold fell off too (monkey see monkey do), but nothing broke off. Still, Carl was my favorite of my collection of eight plants.