My first flowering cactus 🌵

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Wednesday, 17th of May 2023 [67]

What can be easier than growing a cactus, right? It’s full of water. It thrives on the desserts with next to no nutrients. It can survive anything, right?

Wrong! It can’t really cope with too many of those things that it doesn’t usually get much of. Like too much water or too much fertilisering. It’s kinda used to bare bones.

So yeah, you guessed it right. There are quite a few #cactai graves in my house. I stopped even looking at them in the shops and nurseries, cause it was a reminder of a failure 😂


One day, however, I walked into a Dutch nursery and saw this beauty:

I couldn’t walk past it and ignore this bright pink gorgeousness. It was love from the first sight. Until that day, I thought cactai never bloom in our climate, but here was the proof to the contrary.

In all honesty, the bud was not yet open when I first saw it in the shop. Had I seen it open maybe I would walk past, but it was unopened bud that really sparked my interest.

‘A bud can not be fake’ - I thought to myself.

I saw many ‘flowering’ cactai in the shops. The flowers are usually fake and glued in or cleaverly attached in between the spikes. I guess that’s where the idea of them not being able to bloom in our climate came from. Because it they can bloom, then why don’t the growers make them bloom like they do with orchids and sell them in bloom?

Hmmm… it could be due to their very short flowering period. These really don’t hang around like orchids. Still, I’d be more inclined to buy a cactus with a dead flower hanging out of it than one with a fake flower. That’s just me though.

So you see? I had no choice. I had to take it home with me and give cactai family one last go. I was foreced to do it, I swears!

Not only did I take it home to where I lived in Netherlands, but he also came back to my real home in England when I moved back here.

And you know what? It continues to bloom over and over again. Every single year… around this time of the year.

Which reminds me, that I haven’t seen any blooms this year yet! Last winter he got a bit cold sitting close to unheated window and its green colour faded into brown. I moved it further away from the window and it is still #alive and growing tiny white balls which might be new buds or new pups, so I’m hoping it will pull through.

Other than this year, it bloomed on the clock and usually I’d be able to catch 2 blooms opened at the same time.

On a really lucky day I was able to spot 4, although I’m not sure why I only have a bud version captured? 🤷🏻‍♀️

But hey… sometimes it’s only one and it is utterly beautiful nonetheless. This first flowering cactus of mine restored my hope of being able to successfully grow them again. Sometimes it takes many, many fail attempts at something before we can do it successfully even once.


For me the success continued as my next attempt also turned out to be a success. That’s a story for another day though. I promised myself to make it short and sweet this time.

Sometimes it is not the case. Sometimes we walk away from the challenge, feeling all beaten up right before that next attempt that could be our first success.


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I love cacti and their flowers are so beautiful.
They are difficult at times to get them to bloom, but the effort and wait are worth it.
Unbelievable that they stick plastic flowers on them in the stores there, oh gosh! I would never be hooked into buying one this way, but every mind is different as they say;)

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I feel so too, Eli! The sellers get really creative though. The last one I bought had flowers stuck to it on tiny needles, I almost got fouled !LOL
I still bought it. Maybe one day it will flower for real 😁

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Oh gosh! !LOLZ
That's crazy! The point is that whoever likes cacti will buy them with flowers or without flowers, hehe ;)

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True dat! We’re hopeless romantics and dreamers 😂😘💙

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Your cactus is so cute! And yes, everything needs to be learned, and caring for a cactus is no exception... 😉

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You know it! I just read it again and realised I keep writing cactai instead of cacti. I need to learn to type too 😆

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That's so cool, I have never seen a cactus in bloom before, my ones tend to wilt and... well they don't die, but they look sad haha

I'm glad you rediscovered your faith in cactai with this one, it looks great!

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Thank you! I keep them all on my sunniest windowsills and try to stop myself from watering them too much. I’m also happy that I gave them another go. Getting a flower feels so rewarding 🥰

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It's a cute one. I wish I could grow a potted cactus here too. But I don't even know how to take care of it..the last time I tried, it just died...lol.

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Many of mine’s died before I learned 😉
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You have many tokens I am unfamiliar with. Where did you learn them? Haha. Thanks

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Haha 😆 From hanging out with various circles on Hive I guess. When someone tips me a new token I usually ask them about it and see how easy or difficult it is to get the required amounts to be able to tip. Often the amounts you need to spend to be able to tip are tiny, so I just go and buy them from the market and start tipping around. It feels good to be able to do that 🤩💙

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Cacti have such beautiful flowers. Do you have any night boomers?

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Sadly no. I only have a small amount of cactuses and some succulents. I saw a post about night bloomer once. Pretty gorgeous 😍
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It's looking amazing 🤩 To be honest I saw a flower on cactus first time in my life 💞

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Oh sweet Monika 🌺 The bright pink really looks magnificent.

I love cactus not just because of the easy work but the reminder that you can protect yourself and at the same time you can look pretty. 😂

I don't remember seeing my cactus flowering but seeing yours made me feel like mine just bloomed. ✨ Maybe you should put around the evil eye bead. I have no idea if you know the meaning for it but it protects you and loved ones/things from bad luck, karma and all.🖤

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I’ve got many crystals around the house and my plants, but I’ve never heard of evil’s eye bead!

I’m very happy that my cactus made you feel like yours just bloomed. None of mine’s are currently in bloom, but luckily I have many of their pictures from the bloom times. They always cheer me up 😍
!HUG

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The evil eye bead looks like black circle inside around it has a white and around all of them it has blue circle. 🧿 like this one. I hope this emoji will be visible.

Thank you 🥺 and take care

Have a good one

!LUV

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Oh, is this the same as they use a lot in decorating in Greece? I think I had one of those back in a day, but no idea where it is now 🤷🏻‍♀️

I thought this was a man made deco

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Yes they are the same, since we are close with lands it is possible and common to have similar things in different names.😁

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Ahh, I see. I’ll try to find the one I brought from Greece then 😍
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That was really beautiful. I will save one of the photos from your shared photos to show it to my father in law as he is very fond of gardening. he will definitely like it.

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Feel free to do so fren. I hope he’ll enjoy this 💙
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Wow what a beautiful cactus!
I love cactus I've had a lot but they never bloomed.
Now I'd like get some cactus but mi cats like to play with them 😹

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Haha, not around cats, I wouldn’t grow cactuses 🌵 There might be accidents! Unless you can secure them somehow, but cats love to get everywhere 😂

For the longest time I didn’t think cactuses were even able to bloom in my climate and this one really surprised me 😍
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It kinda blew my mind, the first time I saw a cactus FLOWER! I just had never imagined it. They always blow me away and they're sooo beautiful! Glad you could keep this alive and flowering! I'mm not so good at cactus either...

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I know, right? This little prickly things just sits there and suddenly the most amazing flower blooms out of it. It blows me away too 🥰
Thanks for stopping by 😘💙
!PIZZA

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Cactus without a flower, we can all see it's thorns but if it will bear flowers it is so beautiful.

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Very true. I like them with and without flowers, but when they bloom, my heart sings 😍
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Wow! Who wouldn't be happy seeing thsoe beautiful flower

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Haha, I saw you found my explanations and staked already 😁 If you like, I’ll tag you in my Saturday savers post on my alt so you can see which tokens I track more than others 💙
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