Five Photos – Five Stories – Day 4

I was given this Cactus for Christmas 2013. I had no idea that you need to put it in darkness, or semi-darkness for 12 weeks prior to Christmas in order for it to bloom for the holiday.

When I found this out in December, I immediately put it in the back bedroom and didn't give it water for about 8-9 weeks. Then, I gave it a little water. Almost immediately it began to bud. After a few more weeks, it has fully bloomed, and it was approximately 12 weeks from the time I put it in the semi-dark.

I'm kind of proud of this pretty little cactus. However, Christmas for this little cactus came in February.

I was kindly nominated to participate in the Five Days Challenge by snowsfissuresandfractures and was asked to post five photos, one per day for five days, and write five stories, one for each day. Today is day 4.

Next, I am to select one person (each day), to carry on this challenge.

Today, I choose Yinglan, author of the blog, Hidden Stars Fiction. I am asking you to post a photo every day for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. This story can be fiction or non-fiction and can be from a short paragraph to a page. And, please select one person each day to carry on this challenge. This challenge is not mandatory and can be refused. (I hope you won't refuse and will agree to join the fun).



30 thoughts on “Five Photos – Five Stories – Day 4

  1. That’s a very pretty cactus, PJ. We’ve had one with red flowere for quite a few years now and it generally blooms just before Christmas. It has lots of flowers now and looks amazing. I imagine yours will last a long time, too.

    • Thank you Millie. I did not know what I needed to do to get my cactus to bloom. About 2-3 weeks prior to Christmas and it wasn’t even looking like it might bloom, I looked it up on the internet. So I immediately put it in my bedroom where there is semi-light and just stopped watering. All together it took about 12 weeks to bloom. If you have had yours for years then it must be huge! I have a large pot to put it in and as soon as I buy potting soil I will transplant it.

      • I’m glad you had success with yours. Yes, ours is very big and covered in flowers. It tends to flower ‘fully’ just once a year but we have a few odd flowers at other times as well. I can’t say we do anything special with it. My husband’s always been a keen gardener and seems to know automatically what to do with different
        plants. I’ve just asked him and he reckons the most important thing is to keep them in a constant type of environment while the buds are forming or they’ll all drop. It obviously works with ours, up on the landing. But I think what you did seemed to work for yours. Hope the cactus lasts for you, anyway. They are lovely to see in winter – so colourful and cheerful. 🙂

  2. When talking about plants, I could be called a serial killer. :/ I have few very old plants (over 20 years) that got used to me and survived my constant neglect. As for the new ones, I give in and buy a new plant once in a while, just to watch it die a slow and painful death. This is one beautiful cactus and I hope it brings you many more years of joy.

    • Thank you so much. I have enjoyed this cactus especially since it started blooming – and to think it took absolute neglect to get it to bloom. It has grown about 4X from what it was when I got it a year and 2 months ago. I have a large pot that I am going to plant it in and see how much larger it will get.

    • I had no idea I had to anything special to make this little cactus bloom. When it came close to Christmas and it wasn’t even showing signs of blooming, I looked it up on the internet. I did what it said and 8-9 weeks later it started budding and about 12 weeks to the day it bloomed! I was so happy.

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