Unexpected Treasure

Moon Cactus

What do you do when you can’t find a 2.5” or 3” pot for an orchid that needs repotting?  Buy a plant that’s in a pot you need, at least that’s what I did. Last week, I couldn’t find a container to re-pot an orchid I’d recently bought. I’m always checking out plants that are on sale and I happened upon a terrific deal.  For next to nothing, I got a moon cactus that was in a 2.5” pot.

I’ve never been drawn to cacti, but the moon cactus is pretty cool.  It’s actually a grafted plant.  The orange/red bloom is a separate plant that contains no chlorophyll and therefore needs the green plant it is grafted to in order to survive. Unfortunately, this plant is not one you’ll be passing down for generations. Its lifetime is anywhere from a few months to a few years.

The moon cactus isn’t a fussy plant. It needs indirect light (direct sunlight may harm it) and normal indoor temperatures. Like me, it’s not a cold weather lover. Water it thoroughly, but let it dry out between waterings. Don’t let the roots set in water or else they may rot.

Moon Cactus

I’m so happy with my little treasure.  As we dig out today from yet another snowstorm, I’m thankful for every bit of color I can get in the house.