My new favorite plant: a progress report

On Mother’s Day this year, I wrote about my new favorite plant, this Rhipsalis creuscula or coral cactus.

My brother had mailed me some cuttings from his plant, which my mother had given him about thirty years ago. She died in 1994.

Although the cuttings had arrived a bit battered from the trip, the “before” picture is what they looked like after a month of tender loving care. My brother said that they would recover quickly and become a beautiful houseplant.

Now, eight months later, they’re doing great, as you can see. My mother would be delighted that the plant she loved is still very much loved — and still lovely.

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