I moved from Mississippi to Texas in the spring of 2007 and had to leave a few plants and things behind. The move took two trips as we did it ourselves. We waited on the second trip since we still owned our home in Mississippi so we used it as storage until it sold.
Meanwhile, my friend Andi kept some of my house plants that I couldn’t take on the first move. One of these was my Christmas Cactus. It had bloomed the year before (2006) but never again since. I had always kept it indoors and thought maybe since she kept it outdoors that summer, the weather had something to do with the lack of blooms. Who knows. So I moved it outside and it still didn’t bloom.
I’ve been marvelling over photos of my facebook friends’ Christmas Cactuses while sadly complaining that mine won’t bloom.
There is some truth to plants growing well when you talk to them. Apparently, as we humans exhale carbon dioxide toward the plant during conversations with it, the plant in turn “inhales” the CO2 that we pass to it. Pretty cool, huh. So, with this in mind I have spilled my guts, vented about pet peeves, read interesting stories, asked for advice, and told jokes to my Christmas Cactus. I also babied it, gave it new soil and fed it spring water.
Isn’t it beautiful?