At the Smith’s School of English in Kotoen スミス英会話 甲東園 I’ve been nuturing plants for years, and one of the most rewarding has been a little tiny cactus that started out as little more than a single red fruit ready for planting.
It requires lots of direct sun, warm temperatures and almost no water or nutrients. The tiniest amount of soil was sufficient for rooting. After around three years I repotted it into a teacup sized dish, nothing more than a small ice cream dish really, and used a few tablespoons of a very nutritious potting soil for it. Within a year it turned into what you see in the picture on the left.
English conversation students at the Kotoen School スミス英会話 甲東園 often ask about it and check up on its progress. Alongside the giant pachira it mostly goes unnoticed, however and so it is reserved for a select few.
Yoko tells me that when conditions are ideal, in the spring there is some chance that the cactus will bear a small red fruit. I haven’t seen this yet, but will be happy to report if and when it happens. I imagine all of you have a little tale like this about something growing at your school, but if not, why not try brightening up with a few plants you call your own?
Martin Werner Zander
Smith’s School in Kotoen 月謝制 Real Monthly Tuition English Conversation School