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Christmas Pudding

Alternative title: And now a word about Pudding…the Cactus.

 

For those of you who don’t know about Pudding; Pudding is a cactus I was given as a ‘gift’ when I left my previous job (read as: an ex-colleague was cleaning his garage when he found what looked like a mutated cabbage and thought “hey, Ruebi would love that as a goodbye present”…Thanks Fred, no really man, I always wanted a cactus that looked like it had fallen right out of the ugly tree).

Once I got over the “oh holy hell what is that?!” and realised I was dealing with one very poorly little plant I had a couple of options:

1. Ditch it in the nearest bin and spend the rest of my life worrying about being haunted by it’s spikey little butt.

2. Take it home and at least try to help it (despite me believing that the cactus would actually become a smushy mess within weeks…if it wasn’t already dead).

Me being a bit of a soft sod…went with option 2.

Pudding was repotted (with full root check – thank you internet for telling me just what the fudge I was looking at), given indirect sunlight, water, nutrients, pest/disease treatment (which meant quarantine) and plenty of fuss.

It’s been 3 months since I drove home wondering why the hell I was bothering (cactus safely buckled in the passenger seat probably wondering what the heck was going on itself)…3 months of daily checks and obsessing over whether or not I was just making it worse (glutton for punishment)…3 months and Pudding is still here (improving, slowly but surely). Granted he still won’t win any beauty contests, people still recoil in horror when they see him (seriously, you would think it was Count Orlok with a foot in a pot up to his ankles in soil judging by their reactions!) and I still get asked why I didn’t just buy a wonderful new cactus without any issues…

My reason – Pudding deserved a chance.

Pudding and Ambrose

Christmas coincided with the quarantine period for Pudding being over so he finally got to meet Ambrose (as you can see, Ambrose was thrilled by the encounter)…

I guess I felt bad that the poor cactus had spent months in a garage (with no sunlight or water) after suffering either sun scorch or frost bite (Fred wasn’t sure…personally I think it was sun scorch, hence the indirect sunlight I mentioned earlier) and while cacti are hardy plants, this one looked like it needed a bit of help.

Hopefully Pudding will continue to improve…Otherwise I’ll have to rename this flipping blog and Ambrose isn’t too keen on taking over (miserable sod).

Pudding at Christmas

“I want to be a Christmas tree” Pudding said, “with a star and baubles and everything” Pudding said….What Pudding didn’t say is that putting a hat on him would result in me practically shredding my fingers…Merry Christmas you spikey git!

Anyway, from Pudding, Ambrose and I – Happy Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a fabulous day eating chocolate, regretting eating said chocolate when faced with Christmas dinner and then sneaking chocolate though feeling full enough to perform a multicoloured yawn right there on the tree.

R x

PS – If there are any Cacti peeps out there please could you let me know what type you think Pudding is? I was told he was an Echinocactus Grusonii but I’m not entirely convinced and my cacti knowledge is pretty awful…I could be looking at a sponge for all I know.

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10 Comments

  1. Ha ha ha brilliantly funny post (sorry!) I am akin to your colleague in the indoor plant stakes, I’m shite too! I’m glad that pudding has found a fabulous new home and you’ve given a cacti a chance!

    #weekendbloghop

    • Ruebi

      I had no idea what to do with it when I was given it, I’m terrible when it comes to plant care so this tested me…Really did think I would wake up one morning to find a greeny-brown puddle in a plant pot. Very surprised it is still alive! (Very glad it is still alive). I started 2014 with 1 cactus (Ambrose)…Ended the year with 6 plants (not all cacti)…Not entirely sure how that has happened!

  2. I think the funniest part of this post was getting half way down and realising Pudding was not your only cactus. You’re like a crazy cactus lady… at least they don’t need their litter changing like cats. I suppose!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop and Happy New Year!

    • Ruebi

      I actually own 2 cacti (Pudding and Ambrose), 2 Jade plants (Mallory and Squidge…Squidge is my Winter project – found a leaf that had dropped from Mallory that had grown some roots so I figured I would see what would happen if I stuck it in soil) and 2 Pleiospilos Nelii (Gibby 1 and Gibby 2 – may have a vote in the new year to decide actual names for those two).

      So yeah, I am a crazy plant lady… πŸ™‚

  3. Holy mac and cheese funny… So forgot that I can call someone or something a git and insult them while they stay clueless over here πŸ™‚

    You had me laughing from beginning to end. So glad you saved Pudding, and WHY would your fellow co-worker think this was appropriate gift??? So funny….

    • Ruebi

      I’m thinking that he came across Pudding in the garage and after he stopped screaming at the horror of it all proclaimed to the plant “you are one ugly spikey bastard you know that?…You remind me of a colleague of mine!” At least that’s how it happened in my head. In reality Fred probably heard that I owned Ambrose so decided I wouldn’t be that bad of a re-homing option.

  4. He’s certainly looking healthy now! Good for you, Cactus Doctor.

    • Ruebi

      Why thank you Raelee May πŸ™‚ I’m actually surprised that he has showed signs of improving given that I am absolutely awful when it comes to plant care!

  5. I don’t know much about cacti, but my dad has lots. I like the Christmas cacti best #archiveday

    • Ruebi

      I’ve only ever seen photo’s of Christmas cacti, they do look rather lovely…Especially when they flower! πŸ™‚

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