The tree is tilting badly because Silver keeps getting in it and he's NOT a small cat. A few ornaments have been broken. I've moved most of the vintage ones away from where he can reach them. This is the first year he's had a Christmas tree, even though we've had him a couple of years now.
Well, one petri dish filled with mold, but one is still clean and on 11/1/2010 I saw signs of growth. The baby plantlets should be at least an inch tall by now, but it's a time of year with short days so I think (hope) that is what's slowing them down. They stay in the petri dish until they are an inch tall.