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[Apr. 16th, 2002|01:39 pm]
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I was just looking over my Christmas cactus ... Strange, me calling that "my" Christmas cactus. Usually I call it my Grandfather's, as it was his when he was alive. Then he died and Mom almost killed it.

She gave it to me a few years back to try and save. It was 3/4th dead. I transplanted it and cut away the 3/4ths that was just dead plant material. What was still in the pot after looked better, but nowhere near what it was when Gramp was alive and caring for it. I only gave it a 50/50 chance of surviving the shock of the drastic combination of repotting and chopping off most of it's bulk, but that was it's best chance of surviving.

Today, 17 years after Gramp's death it still is just a shadow of what it was, and maybe I'm just in an optimistic mood, but for the first time I think I can see years down the road how with the proper care it could be what it was when Gramp took care of it.

Well, time to get to work.

From: joyofmacs
2002-04-17 07:42 am (UTC)
Have you tried taking the cactus outside for the summer? I am going to try that with mine. It is looking a bit sad now. I worry about bugs when I bring it back in though. I have a lot of indoor plants and so far zero bugs.

Amazing how a plant can bring up memories of our lost loved ones. Yours is extra special because yours belonged to the person.

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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2002-04-17 05:21 pm (UTC)
I have a few other plants that I'll put outside during the day sometimes, but not Gramp's. Between being worried about something nibbling on the leaves (the rodent population here seems to like Christmas cacti especially) and my plants walking off (that's happened too) I won't leave any of my plants out over night any more.

Yes, it is amazing. I have a bunch of plants and (currently only) one bonsai. All of them have a story of either a person(s) and/or event I could tell about them.

If you are interested, my homemade antibug/antifungus brew is a drop of liquid dish soap (gets rid of most bugs) and a teaspoon of mouthwash (I use Walgreen's generic version of Listerine which will kill fungus) diluted in a small spray bottle filled with water. Spraying once a week or so helps prevent problems and daily if there is a problem.
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From: joyofmacs
2002-04-18 06:06 pm (UTC)
I am going to try that recipe for plants! Sounds good!
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