About 5 years ago, my sister-in-law Joanne gave me a small cactus plant. I kept it indoors, where I thought it was a happy and content, but never changing or growing, cactus. After visiting Joanne and seeing how huge her outdoor-living cactus was, I realized that the “incarceration” of mine was stunting its development. So I put it outside for the summer. After a couple of weeks, I was in shock – a beautiful white flower appeared at the end of a long stalk – it was as though it finally woke up! I was so happy that my cactus had finally blossomed, but my joy was short-lived – the flower only lasted a few hours. Did I do something wrong? After some research, I determined that the cactus is probably an Echinopsis subdenudata, which normally only bloom for a couple hours once during the year. If you miss it, you have to wait a whole year to see it again.
This summer, I sent my cactus on its outdoor vacation again. She thanked me with another beautiful white flower and a couple of baby cacti.
Watch the growth of the stalk and bloom as it progressed over the past week:
Two weeks ago:
And by Monday afternoon:
I’m hoping by next year some of the babies will grow up and start producing more blooms.