Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seeds of Friendship

A few weeks ago a high school classmate told me about a plant she had...a cactus. So I Googled it and found this among a myriad of other information.

Desert Rose Plant Care Tips

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Origin: East Africa

Height: 3 ft (90 cm); desert rose bonsai grows to 1 ft (30 cm)
Light: Direct sunlight
Water: Aim to keep the medium only lightly moist -- this plant won't tolerate overwatering.
Humidity: Average humidity.
Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F, 16-24°C
Soil: Fast-draining mix, such as cactus potting mix. Or, mix equal parts peat moss and sharp sand.
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Seeds

Her Desert Rose Cactus had flowers which went to seed so I asked her to send me one if she had a spare.

Well, although you don't know her, I do and it was no surprise when her card arrived in the mail.

Reading the card, I knew she hadn't changed at all.

So, after sowing the seeds of friendship in a heavy clay pot and some cactus potting mix, I wait for signs of life. She was always full of life and the center of everything. Pretty, smart and popular, she was, in my book, then envy of everyone. She had it all.

Hoping the seeds germinate to join the other houseplants, the Desert Rose would fit in nicely I think, don't you?

Besides I promised my friend that I would think of her if the seeds grew...LOL!

Of course, I also told her that I had quite the green thumb since some of my plants are fifteen years old.

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  1. Hope it takes root for you. That's quite the little snowstorm you've got going on here lol.

  2. I'm sure your friendship cactus will grow. I've exchanged garden flower seeds with fellow bloggers in the US and Canada and these plants are special to me.

  3. the new rose will be a perfect fit for your ladder garden...

  4. I do hope the desert rose sprouts and grows to be a healthy plant!

  5. I can't wait to see what happens, you MUST show us!!! All your plants are beautiful and thriving. LOVE the red ladder that catches your eye but is not too much!

  6. Oh this is lovely. My friend Donna sent me seeds and plants and I was so happy to be able to plant then outside.. Great post for Nature Notes..Thank you..MIchelle

  7. I like the name of the plant Friendship cactus.. I hope it grows nicely for you! Have a happy week!

  8. what a lovely plant. It would never survive in my house

  9. That is wonderful and I'm sure with your green thumb you'll have success with those seeds of friendship. I have a Hoya plant that is close to 45 years old.

  10. please keep us posted on your green thumb. my neighbor gave me 2 plants ... i am embarrassed to say that only 1 is still looking good. i had it outdoors while it was warm & bought it in and now it looks super sad. breaks my heart. i am not sure what i did??! we did go on a trip while back in Nov and it did not get watered for several days but that should not kill it completely, right?? oh well ... life goes on. i hope. ha. ha!! just don't tell the neighbor that i sort of killed it. now what? wonder if i can get it back to life??! ( :

  11. The card is very nice and good luck with growing the plant. I dont have a green thumb so whatever I try to grow dies lol.


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