12 years ago I saw a large cactus at Home Depot for a very good price. I really, really wanted it....but couldn't figure out how to bring it home.
I phoned Jim at work, and being such a wonderful husband, he brought it home that very evening.
That cactus and I have been very happy together for 11 years, and it grew and grew....thriving on my strict houseplant protocol.
- Plants in our household must be able to survive low's in the 50s on winter nights
- Plants in our household must thrive on being watered once a week or less
Now that we actually use this room, the plants have been scattered throughout the house. Except the giant cactus.
Don't be alarmed by the snow in some of these pictures. They're from a previous post. (I confess that I find it a little alarming though!)
One of the four projects I planned to quickly finish in January, was re-potting and relocating the cactus. It was still in the plastic landscaping pot it arrived in.....and while I was OK with that in the sunroom - especially with other plants surrounding it....I wasn't so OK with it in the living room.
I searched for a blue and white pot that didn't cost too much. No luck. Friends suggested painting a pot, trying different stores, modge-podging fabric to a pot.
Yesterday, I started to wonder if I was making this project too hard. The cactus wouldn't really look right in our living room. I couldn't find the kind of pot I wanted for it. I decided maybe we should find a new home for it.
Jim listed it on Freecycle.org yesterday, and this afternoon my beloved cactus left for a new home. The new owner was very knowledgeable about plants....and said she would trim it and plant the parts that she trims, so that our cactus will turn into 10 or 12 cacti. I'm so happy that it will thrive, and I'm happy to not have that nagging "what should I do with that cactus" feeling.
Plus, Jim, Bailey and I will enjoy walking through the sunroom without getting snagged on cactus spines! A replacement plant snuck downstairs into the vacated cactus spot.
I'm sentimental.....and my family has strong packrat tendencies.....so I'm a little sad. But all in all, I'm pleased with how this thorny issue got resolved.
What cacti are sapping your energy? What can you do to resolve those thorny issues?