The numerous bright orange flowers on this Rebutia pulvinosa came as a surprise this year. This is the first time it has bloomed since I purchased it several years ago. The cactus has had a rocky past couple of years. It is among the several cacti that I've had over the years that came back from bad circumstances and thrived. (See two others that are survivors in Post 1 and Post 2).
During a windstorm in January of 2007, this cactus was blown over and the pot broke. I didn't have any pots of the appropriate size in which to repot it, so I left it in the broken pot, roots partly exposed, and placed the whole thing into another larger pot until I could find the right sized replacement pot. Well, months passed, and I just never got around to shopping. Occasionally I would throw some water on the cactus, not imagining it would survive with so many exposed roots. It went through record cold, extreme heat, no water, and probably inadequate light lying on the bottom of a large pot. Every couple of months I would resolve to find a proper pot for it since it was still growing, but it wasn't a priority.
Finally in late winter this year I purchased several pots, including one just for this cactus. I repotted it in February of 2008 and it just took off, growing new heads and now, all these flowers. Sometimes I think neglect can bring out the best in some plants!