My christmas cactus is kind of disgusting.
Many years ago, I had this (less than) genius idea to plant my cactus in a clear glass vase. I thought that the layers of rocks at the bottom with soil on top, permeated by the roots would be some sort of beautiful ant-farm-like terrarium of underground interest.
I was wrong, in fact it almost immediately got cloudy, then the roots and dirt starting mixing a little too much. Some algae grew, other wierd and ugly stuff happened and ultimately I’ve had this gross, manky, little science project sitting in my kitchen window for way too long.
It is a testament to the toughness of Schlumbergera (commonly called Christmas Cactus) that it didn’t die. You should think about planting one if you are someone who is scared of killing plants. They really don’t die easily.
When method (the soap people) asked if I had a project that would require getting my hands dirty (as in, get over it and #fearnomess) – re-planting the nasty little cactus immediately came to mind.
If you have a dirty little planting project here are some things to think about as you dig in.
Goodbye dank science project, hello pretty plants and fall decorations. One more little tip – if you have a christmas cactus – make sure it doesn’t get too much water or sun at this time of year (autumn). That will help to ensure that it blooms in December — when it is supposed to!
images: Rochelle Greayer
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by method. I am not an employee of method and all opinions are my own.