One of my Christmas cactus' blooms
The above pictures were taken before I began to thin out my overgrown indoor dining room forest (which I started doing after my clicking finger became too sore to work a keyboard with). Okay, so there is supposed to be a dining area here but the plants just kind of took it over. If you look at the bottom right picture (of the above pictures) you can see where one of the aloe vera leaves has been punctured by another, even larger, aloe vera leaf (if you can call those leaves). I had to move the other plant to help fee up light space for the other plants in the kitchen area, and too keep it from damaging other nearby plant any more than it already had.
Now you see where I moved the other aloe vera plant too. But, a huge piece of it is missing. The largest shoot was cut off and is now resting in a jar of water to root and will be potted in its own pot soon. I will also do work with the aloe vera shown here too. It needs separated into several small pots, or I will just give a bunch of the starts away, or just give the whole pot away and let someone else deal with it. I just do not have enough room for all my plants as it is now! Breaking starts up and potting them just makes more plants that need more room. The things just keep growing. I have often been told that I have a green thumb, but it is really fleshy pink, no matter what anyone says.
Before I started whacking away at The Dining Room Forest, I could barely see out this window from where I took the picture on the left (above). Take note of the large leaved plant to the left in that picture. That is the top of my Snow Queen. I hacked that top bit off the main plant and rooted it. It is planted in soil now, in its own pot, and doing great. Soon, the new growth will produce leaves twice as big as those shown. The rest of the original stalk was chopped into bits and you will see one of those bits below. Anyway, now there is more light for the other plants further away from the window, as well as for this little fellow pictured on the right (above).
As promised, one of the hacked off bits of the Snow Queen stalk (also known as a Dumb Cain – because if you chew on any part of this plant your tongue will swell up and you will act stupid for a while – probably not a good trip but I have never tried it to find out for myself). This chopped up piece of the Snow Queen’s stalk has not started to sprout a new plat yet but three other pieces of this stalk have (but I did not add any of those pictures to this set). By the way, that Christmas cactus is still blooming, as you can see. All but the first three pictures were taken today (Feb 24, 2008). The first thee pictures were taken on January 22, 2008.
After moving one of the aloe vera plants, as described above, I had more room to adjust this cactus away from the window a little more. Glory (one of my two black cats) probably appreciated that since that bare area is her favorite window watching spot. I discovered that the cactus was rather uncomfortable close to the window because there was a lot of black fur stuck to the needles on the window side of the cactus. Now, there is more room in that area, more than it looks like from these pictures.
The above close-up is of some of the older parts of the Christmas cactus. I started this plant from another Christmas cactus many years ago. I had rescued the original plant from an aunt and uncle back in the mid-1980s. The poor thing was barely alive. After I doctored it up the original plant hung on for several years but it eventually gave out. This start from that plant is still going strong today. Anyway, I highly recommend that you do not let your party friends use a Christmas cactus, or any plant for that matter, as an ash tray. It really shortens their life span.
These are The Living Room Forest plants. I need to work this mini-forest soon, too.
I do not know how many, if any, of you have house plants but I thought I would share a few pictures of my plants. I needed a short break from working with old family pictures so I decided to make and work with a few of my own pictures today. Since I have already shared pictures of my cats, I thought I would show you my plants this time. I hope I didn't bore you all too much.