Blooming Christmas Cactus

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Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:24 pm

My last year's Christmas cactus was an under-achiever so this year I tried the "force blooming" method I'd read about online. Here's the result:
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Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:46 am

AngelGirl wrote:My last year's Christmas cactus was an under-achiever so this year I tried the "force blooming" method I'd read about online.
The "stick it in a dark closet" force? We have done that in the past.
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Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:15 am

Looks like it was a success, AG. Beautiful plant/flowers!
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Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:29 pm

Be careful. My wife has a fairy garden with two Christmas Cactus plants. The garden is in a large container that we bring inside. I moved it away from the sliding glass doors one cold night. My wife chastised me for moving it because the Christmas Cacti was blooming. My wife said that if you are not careful -- the blooms will die. The next morning the blooms started to droop. The blooms are almost gone. I am writing to you from my doghouse.
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:52 am

Beautiful AG and really the color! I have grown Christmas Cactus for years. My mom was the champion of them. She would stick one piece in dirt and year later the size you have now.
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Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:52 pm

EconProf wrote:Be careful. My wife has a fairy garden with two Christmas Cactus plants. The garden is in a large container that we bring inside. I moved it away from the sliding glass doors one cold night. My wife chastised me for moving it because the Christmas Cacti was blooming. My wife said that if you are not careful -- the blooms will die. The next morning the blooms started to droop. The blooms are almost gone. I am writing to you from my doghouse.
Aww ... well, you meant well. Mine is "blooming" down now and has dropped some of the old blooms and a few buds but it doesn't get much light ... the only place we have for it in this "downsized" (ugh .. downsizing is greatly over-rated!!) residence is a north-facing window. Not the best light for plants!!


Well, we're enjoying it while we can!

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Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:54 pm

Pete wrote:
AngelGirl wrote:My last year's Christmas cactus was an under-achiever so this year I tried the "force blooming" method I'd read about online.
The "stick it in a dark closet" force? We have done that in the past.
Yep, it was a cool, dark porch closet. I almost forgot I put it in there until I went to get something out of the storage closet! LOL I got a nice surprise because it was budding like gang-busters!
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Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:56 pm

redchaz57 wrote:Beautiful AG and really the color! I have grown Christmas Cactus for years. My mom was the champion of them. She would stick one piece in dirt and year later the size you have now.
This color really looks "Christmas-y" to me! Sounds like your mom had the proverbial "green thumb"!! Good ... albeit, PRECIOUS ... memories!! :)
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:22 pm

Learned something new this year about the leaf cacti .. there are actually three kinds of "Christmas" (or "holiday") cactus: one blooms around Thanksgiving, thus has been dubbed the "Thanksgiving Cactus" and so on. (go figure!! LOL)

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state ... ewsID=8570

https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/ya ... iday-cacti

I guess it's true that we're never too old to learn new things! ;)
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:33 pm

I love Christmas cacti.. they propagate similar to aloe vera (stick in dirt and promptly ignore). I had a version of the same plant for almost 25 years.
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:53 am

Judging from what I've since read, my "Christmas" cactus is actually a "Thanksgiving" cactus ... something about the shape of the leaves determines which it is. This year I put her in the porch storage closet early and darn nearly forgot she was there!! So, anyway using the "forcing" method, she's blooming closer to Christmas this year ...
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and, yes, those are Navarre Beach shells in the lamp beside the plant! :)
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:41 pm

Just beautiful, AG!

And so are the NB shells :wink:

Thanks for sharing.
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:43 am

stunning.. i love them. they will cross "pollinate" in color..
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