I’ve had it a month and I haven’t yet exterminated my newly-acquired Christmas cactus! I’m really enjoying the blooms of my newly-acquired Christmas cactus!
I don’t know why I have trouble keeping Zygocactus* alive…I keep hearing that they’re the “easiest plants in the world to grow,” accompanied by enthusiastic testimony about specimens twenty feet wide and three hundred years old, that bloom sixteen times a year with absolutely no input from the gardener. (Okay, I exaggerate, but only slightly). I usually kill mine within two weeks of purchase, it’s like they come with a self-destruct button or something. I wake up one morning and poof! – they’ve completely cratered on my windowsill.
I mean, I’m extremely careful not to overwater. Well, actually, it’s more “neglect” than “care” – I must admit that all my houseplants exist in a state of drought most of their lives because I get busy and forget to water them. You’d think I couldn’t kill cacti of any kind, but I have a pretty good track record. (Why, when I read that last sentence back, does it sound suspiciously like bragging?).
But this time…I think I’ve finally found The One! Or maybe I’m getting too excited about our one-month anniversary, and shouldn’t put the cart before the horse and all that. Wish us a happy ever after! 😉
Do you grow Zygocacti?
*The name Zygocactus is kinda sorta fascinating – well, to me, anyway – as it refers to the way that these plants are segmented, and is not the genus name (which is actually Schlumbergera).