Most mini pet cactus key chains probably are, by now, lying in junk drawers or have long since been thrown in the trash as the young people who started the fad last year have moved on to the next new thing. Since I love cacti, I was glad to receive this little novelty as a Christmas gift, and I've treated it with care. It receives water once a month, and hangs by a hook in a kitchen window where it receives morning sun.
When I took it down today for its monthly watering, I was amazed to see that this little cactus, which is a seedling of unknown genus and species, has a bloom and will flower in the next few days. It has also clumped and there are two new stems growing. It is following the growth and bloom cycle of many of the other cacti in my garden.
Since it is now pressed up against the wall of its dome, I may try to break open the mini-terrarium and place it in a larger container. I think it would be interesting to see if it will thrive outside its protected environment. If it does, I may be able to identify it as it develops the characteristics of its genus.
One thing for sure, it won’t end up in a dark drawer somewhere!