spunky11961 57M
37213 posts
8/19/2006 5:13 pm

I recently read Cozy_Red's [post 465330] where she asked if any of her readers had any family heirlooms,And at the time I didn't remember the one that is probably the most special in my part of the family!
My Great Grandmother had this Christmas cactus,she traveled here with it from Pennsylvania,it was already old then! This was in the 1870's,it had been passed on to her!
My great aunt was born in 1881,when her mom died this cactus passed to her!She raised my dad and his Sib's after her sister died,She lived to be 107!
When she died this same ancient cactus became my dads!He kept it alive and it doesn't bloom at christmas,it waits till February
The month my Great aunt died!

My dad past away two years ago,now this cactus is my responsibility! It is something that has lived through many generations of my family,and is more something no one can place a value on,it's irreplaceable!
That's the story of my Christmas cactus,I just hope I don't kill it,I'm fatal to most house plants! When they get older I plan to pass it to one of my nephews,if it survives!


eclecticsoul4u 58F
942 posts
8/20/2006 11:17 am

what a wonderful tradition to pass on. pity that plant can't talk i'm sure it could tell you some wonderful things about the people who have cared for it.

spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:54 pm:
welcome here and Thanx! It would be wonderful to hear what all it could tell! and about my family as well!
~Always welcome here anytime~

JuicyBBW1001 56F

8/20/2006 6:28 am

Spunky I had a Christmas cactus for many many years and didn't kill it. The neighbor's son did when he was playing football and knocked the planter it was in over and broke it. I tried to transplant it into another one but it didn't survive. My point is I suck at plant care but this cactus seemed fine with the attention it got from me and it was truly beautiful when it bloomed. So maybe it will continue it's legacy for your family at least I hope so.


spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:52 pm:
Thank You juicy! To bad about yours though! Mine would be better off if the cats would quit curloing up in it! Your hopes for it to continue to have a future are appreciated Friend {=}

ZZ_Todd 60M

8/19/2006 11:09 pm

Our bodies die, but our Spirits don't because they can't. You've got proof of that every February! I don't believe you'll have to worry about killing it my Friend... it seems to have been taking care of itself real good!

spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:49 pm:
Thank you Todd!Nice words there,really! You must be right I haven't killed it yet in over three years!

florallei 100F

8/19/2006 10:59 pm

Oh Spunky what a beautiful story!!!
If I was in your family and given that cactus, I would be concerned...I have a brown thumb...
TY for sharing a lovely story!!!

spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:48 pm:
Hi Flo! Thanx! I have more than a brown thumb with indoor plants! I have the black thumb of death there! I'm lucky with it so far, three years and it survived so far!

silverbreeze2 66F

8/19/2006 8:37 pm

I will think of you and your cactus while I am re-potting mine! That is a miracle your plant has survived this long. Good Luck with it.

spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:40 pm:
Thanx Silver and best of luck to ya with yours as well!

rm_sexxikritter 53F
2715 posts
8/19/2006 8:27 pm

Wow, that's a tough old plant. We have a family friend with a Christmas cactus that she figures is about 100 years old. Hers doesn't bloom at Christmas either.
My dad has a few family heirlooms that I want but he seems to think they should go to my only brother, who has no children, to keep them in the family name. Well, HELLOOOOO! My last name is hyphenated and I still carry that family name too, plus I have a son and I am the oldest and I would never sell them like my brother would. So, I think I should get them. Just kind of pisses me off, the chauvinist. :::deep breath::: OK, I'm over it..not really, but whatever.


spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:28 pm:
Hi Kritter! Much the same here in my family as well,it does ted to piss me off,but then when things come about here... I'm the executor of the estate Thanx!

bbw4u06 51F

8/19/2006 7:57 pm

I would have it killed within a week, although out of all the plants I have owned and killed we had a cactus that survived until someone knocked it off the shelf while we were packing to move!

spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:23 pm:
Hey You! I'm the same way! It would help this one a lot if my cats would quit curling up in it! Thanx!

Cozy_Red 51F

8/19/2006 7:18 pm

Oh that is SO cool Spunky! Id be so afraid Id kill it, Im fatal to catus plants. The first sign of it not doing good, take it to a greenhouse, Id guard it with my life! haha

spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:18 pm:
Hi Cozy! Thanx I will at that and I think I should get a couple others started from it as well! Thinking on how to get one out there to ya~

sexyariesgirl 58F

8/19/2006 5:48 pm

Spunky this is one of the neatest things I have ever read! How awesome that the Christmas Cactus has survived so many generations...WOW!

Power To FOK

spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:16 pm:
Hi sexyaries Thanx~! Yes it is,but these things are known for living a very long time! I find it amazing when I think about,al those relatives hands it a has traveled therough!

lovemetouchme5 52F
2102 posts
8/19/2006 5:21 pm

That is so cool that this plant has survived all these years. Just take good care of it and make sure you explain to your nephews how important the plant is.


spunky11961 replies on 8/20/2006 3:14 pm:
Hi Loveme! Houseplants hate me! But so far I have kept it alive for a few years now! In October I can send ya back with a start from it~

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