A Plant Update

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My night blooming cereus greeted me this morning with one huge bloom – what a welcome sight after this past winter. I’ve been watching the flower bud develop for several weeks.
I purchased this orchid last summer at IKEA and after the original blooms died I began to ignore it, watering it if I remembered. Two days ago I was shocked to see it blooming!!! Maybe that’s the answer- I wonder if I can do it again?
And this succulent has grown on the windowsill from a leaf that dropped off awhile back. Now the original leaf has dried up and died but the new growth is thriving! Guess I should try to transplant it. Succulents are so amazing to grow – they tolerate neglect well.
More basketball games today and Iowa State plays tonight at 8 pm. Go Cyclones!

9 thoughts on “A Plant Update

  1. Billie

    Beautiful plant-especially after all this snow! Can hardly wait till spring.
    I’m going to try to plant a Japanese Lantern this spring! Do you know
    any helpful tips for growing one in WI further north than you?

  2. Lee

    Love blooming plants. My shamrock plant from last year is fabulously blooming and my Christmas cactus hasn’t given up yet. I feel blessed to have great light in my kitchen. Thinking of a color way for my plants on the porch when spring finally comes???

  3. Carolyn

    We are K-Staters transplanted in Minnesota, we are pulling for Iowa State tonight!

  4. helen freese

    I had a snake plant for about 20 years, watered it ritually and it got some new leaves over the years. When my husband had his back operated on, I neglected it–taking care of him. One day I passed it and low and behold–it had sent a shoot with a white flower on it. It was like “Hey, here I am, remember me?”

  5. Patricia G Hayes

    Your cereus is gorgeous, what fun to have them surprise us. Your orchid is superb too. I have five orchids a friend left me when she moved. They are so fun. Love the idea of neglect also the idea of the ice cubes occasionally, once a week if not outside where they get whenever the rains surprise us. .

  6. carla bynum

    Hi!!!! Yours looks great!!!! Love the blooms!!!! I have one…I got starts from some my mom has!!!! Mine is growing but I think this is the third year and has not bloomed yet!!!!! Hers usually bloom in late summer but I know she has had a couple blooms already this year!!!!! She usually has all kinds of people waiting for it to bloom!!!!! So fun!!!! Thanks for sharing your pics!!!!!

  7. JudyJ

    I struggled with orchids until I discovered the “neglect method” of caring for them. I have some blooming now, including one that is the same as yours. My mother puts three ice cubes in hers once a week, and that seems to work too.

  8. Ann Barlament

    Gorgeous orchid!! Thinking now that perhaps I should have saved mine after the first flowers died off, maybe it would have bloomed again? Oh well….

  9. Marilyn

    I am cheering for OSU buckeyes who are down by 4 at the half. Hope they can get ahead in the second half.

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