Sunday, January 17, 2010


I stepped out today and was greeted with 74 degrees in return. Where'd that come from?! It's been frozen around here for about two weeks. I knew it was going to sprinkle through the night but tons and tons of rain was dumped. Gnats are everywhere which is a bit surprising because I was sure the long-term freeze would've cut them down. Hmm...

The weather must be wreaking havoc anyhow. Tomorrow's high was 71 and now it's at 58. So we'll see how it goes. Anyhow the warm temperature allowed me to open the greenhouse doors and take some plants out to inspect them. While the freeze/heater stressed some of them, they all seem to be doing okay.

The thanksgiving cacti dropped a good chunk of their new fruits, which was disappointing, but some are hanging on. I already wish spring was here so that the plants can get back to thriving instead of tolerating current conditions.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Seed Pods/Berries/What are they called?

Pods of Yellow Thanksgiving Cactus

You know, I pollinated every single flower on the white thanksgiving cactus and not a single one took. I pollinated a couple of the yellow thanksgiving cactus and a good handful of them took. I was surprised.

The others in the greenhouse also have a couple of pods swelling up too. I hope to have many of them growing and producing seeds because I am tired of working with only one pod and the seeds suffer some trauma. I'm ready to have tons of these babies and try to grow SOMETHING from seed! ;)