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Thanksgiving cactus (plant)

August 4, 2014 – 11:24 pm
Thanksgiving cactus (plant)

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Thanksgiving cactus Flowering

August 3, 2014 – 11:14 pm
Thanksgiving cactus Flowering

How can I get my Easter (Sunrise), Christmas, Thanksgiving cactus to bloom? The plants known as Holiday Cactus, Lobster Cactus, Xmas Cactus, Sunrise Cactus, and many other names, belong to several genera of jungle cacti but can generally be treated alike. All are true cactus plants, some have small spines in the aeroles, and the flowers grow on last year s growth. These plants are generally segmented and flat, and roots form between the segments for …

Thanksgiving cactus Propagation

August 2, 2014 – 11:04 pm
Thanksgiving cactus Propagation

Easter Cactus Propagation Assuming you start with a plant, there are two easy ways to get more plants. These instructions should work for any of the easter, christmas or thanksgiving cactus types. Cuttings: Twist off a single pad or multiple pads and leave them out for a day or two to dry a little. I put mine in clean plastic containers with about 1/2 of damp potting soil. Push the base of the cuttings into the soil, cover the container to keep in …

Transplanting Thanksgiving cactus

July 24, 2014 – 09:22 pm
Transplanting Thanksgiving cactus

Other than poinsettias, the Christmas cactus probably comes in second as the most popular gift plant given at Christmas. What s cool about this plant is that it blooms at Christmas time. There are several different types of this cactus. Some bloom at Easter, others bloom at Thanksgiving. I like the Christmas cactus because my mom always had one growing that belonged to her mother. It was started by a slip given to her by a distant relative. Sadly …

Thanksgiving cactus Blooms when

July 20, 2014 – 07:27 pm
Thanksgiving cactus Blooms when

Schlumbergera truncata , an unwieldy name for the Thanksgiving cactus In my post on unkillable houseplants, I missed a worthy addition that proves its worth with its pretty flowers around this time of year, Slumbergera truncata . It s commonly known as the Thanksgiving cactus, referring to its bloom time near American Thanksgiving at the end of November. (It might also be called the Christmas cactus, however this is a slightly different species.) …

Thanksgiving cactus leaves Turning purple

July 18, 2014 – 06:23 pm
Thanksgiving cactus leaves Turning purple

Healthy Christmas cactus foliage is bright, glossy green. The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) earned its common name with the timing of its bloom, which occurs at Christmas if the plant has been given 8 weeks of long nights -- 13 hours or more of dark - for eight weeks preceding Christmas. As a tropical species, it performs best indoors but also thrives in sheltered areas outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones …

Thanksgiving cactus Christmas cactus Difference

July 4, 2014 – 04:51 pm
Thanksgiving cactus Christmas cactus Difference

Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus: What s the Difference? This article was originally published on November 19, 2007 and expired on December 15, 2007. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information. Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus: What s the Difference? Around the holidays, we often see blooming plants that are members of the cactus family. The Thanksgiving cactus ( Schlumbergera …

Thanksgiving Cactus Dropping Leaves

July 2, 2014 – 04:38 pm
Thanksgiving Cactus Dropping Leaves

How happy, that with the coming of fall and winter (and it seems like winter already!), that the gardening season is not over yet. Before the temperatures drop too low, all of the tender house type plants are brought in to overwinter. The pots are all cleaned off, the foliage usually pruned back, and they are placed in a sunny location to spend the next few months. They are watered and fertilized, as new growth will begin with the warmer inside temperatures …

Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus

June 21, 2014 – 03:35 pm
Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus

This is my ten-year old Christmas cactus. I really should say Thanksgiving cactus because for most of its years with me it has bloomed on Thanksgiving and never on Christmas. This is my own fault and one I am trying to rectify this year. It’s all in the chilling. More on that in a second. My Christmas cactus is from the genus Schlumbergera. Schlumbergera is a genus of cactus from the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. Plants grow on trees …

Thanksgiving Cactus Blooms Twice a Year

June 7, 2014 – 02:00 pm
Thanksgiving Cactus Blooms Twice a Year

Easter Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus – What’s the Difference? It turns out that many of the plants sold as “Christmas” cactus are actually “Thanksgiving” cactus. What’s the difference? The stems of Christmas cactus arc, the flowers are pendent, and the stem segments have smooth margins. And because it blooms at Christmas, the flowers are a bit late for holiday plant sales. Enter the Thanksgiving cactus, Schlumbergera truncata . This holiday cactus blooms …

Thanksgiving cactus light requirements

June 3, 2014 – 01:38 pm
Thanksgiving cactus light requirements

Since flowering plants sell better than nonflowering, merchants tend to fill their shelves with Thanksgiving cacti. Culture Light & Temperature: Full sunlight is needed during fall and winter, but bright sun during the summer months can make it look pale and yellow. Ideal spring and summer growth (April through September) occurs at temperatures between 70F to 80F. During the fall, the cacti depend upon shorter day lengths (8 to 10 hours) and …