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Thanksgiving cactus cultivars

August 28, 2012 – 02:27 pm
Thanksgiving cactus cultivars

Schlumbergera are not a cactus at all, as they have no spines or other defense other than their flat succulent leaves that store water. Adapted as they have to living in tree tops, they have the ability to take copious amounts of water such as during a heavy rainfall in the jungle, and make it last a long time. The bloom cycle is triggered by gradually shortening days, so starting in late summer, this can be artificially produced, or simply as a natural …

Thanksgiving cactus make bloom

April 25, 2013 – 05:53 am
Thanksgiving cactus make bloom

Very few houseplants offer such a great abundance of flowers like a Thanksgiving Cactus. Indeed, a large specimen can carry several hundreds of red, pink, purple, white or yellow flowers. And caring for it is the easy! Identification The true Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera russeliana) is rarely cultivated. It is considered too thin with long weeping branches, slender and smooth. Its flowers are pink and purple and bloom around Christmas. What most …

Thanksgiving cactus primary use

October 15, 2012 – 09:21 am
Thanksgiving cactus primary use

CHRISTMAS CACTUS One of the more popular flowering plants around the holidays is the Schlumbergera bridgesii better known as the Christmas cactus. It offers a profusion of tubular flowers that bloom for two to four weeks around Christmas time. Originating from Brazil, this jungle cactus is an epiphyte that lives on trees and is different from the desert cactus in that it is the trailing type and does not require direct sunlight. At times there can …

Yellow Thanksgiving Cactus

December 24, 2013 – 10:45 am
Yellow Thanksgiving Cactus

Other ways to distinguish between the two plants utilize flowering time and floral morphology. As you could probably deduce from the common names of these plants, Christmas cacti flower around the Christmas season in the northern hemisphere. Consequently, Thanksgiving cacti flower six weeks earlier, approximately around the Thanksgiving holiday. What causes the difference in the flowering time of these two species if they are so closely related? Flower …

Thanksgiving Cactus Description

June 30, 2013 – 09:07 am
Thanksgiving Cactus Description

For many years Jo and I have poked fun at our chronologically challenged Christmas Cactus. It always blooms around Thanksgiving and never near Christmas. We even developed a plausible-sounding (but totally wrong) theory that it s early blooming was trigger by bringing the plant indoors for the winter. Little did we know the plant was sneering back at us in contempt for our ignorance. It is a Schlumbergera truncata (Thanksgiving Cactus) and not a Schlumbergera …

Thanksgiving cactus fertilizer

August 4, 2012 – 06:43 am
Thanksgiving cactus fertilizer

Q. This past summer I was given custody of a family heirloom - a four foot diameter Christmas cactus that’s been part of our family since before 1900. I’m intimidated by the responsibility of keeping the plant alive and afraid that I’ve already messed up because it was in full bloom at least a full week before Thanksgiving! Why did this plant bloom so early and how do I take care of it in the future? A. Though they’re related to desert cacti, the …

Thanksgiving Cactus in terrarium

October 3, 2012 – 02:50 pm
Thanksgiving Cactus in terrarium

Terrariums are an exercise in balance and patience. They need indirect light, just the right amount of moisture, soil, and drainage. Terrariums become tiny self-sustaining ecosystems when done correctly. To begin creating you personal terrarium, find a container. For a contained tropical terrarium, the container needs a lid. For a desert-like, arid terrarium you can use a terrarium with an opening. First, add a layer of washed gravel for drainage …

Thanksgiving Cactus Fleur

March 8, 2013 – 01:57 pm
Thanksgiving Cactus Fleur

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White Thanksgiving Cactus

July 3, 2013 – 02:51 pm
White Thanksgiving Cactus

Using the D200 and on-camera flash (at right), the SB800 as a remote flash (lower left) and the Nissin Di866 just left of top center. Cactus on a table with white newsprint behind it to produce a white background. It took a lot of trying various things to get to this point. The on-camera flash and the SB800 were lighting the flowers. The Di866 was lighting the background paper to try to get it white. When the Di866 power was insufficient, the background …

Thanksgiving cactus varieties

December 2, 2012 – 05:40 am
Thanksgiving cactus varieties

SCHLUMBERGERA also commonly called (Thanksgiving or Christmas CACTUS) Schlumbergera are just as easy to grow as Epiphyllums and are very profuse bloomers. Their vivid colored blooms are smaller than Epis but just as spectacular! They can even bloom well if cared for inside as house plants too. They tend to bloom in the winter months when Epis go semi-dormant and daylight gets down to 8-10 hours a day or less. Early bloomers are called Thanksgiving …

Growing Thanksgiving cactus

February 1, 2014 – 01:44 pm
Growing Thanksgiving cactus

I have a “Christmas cactus” that always blooms at Thanksgiving. Is there a way to make it bloom a few weeks later? Answer: A Christmas cactus is one of three popular holiday cacti: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can probably guess by their names when these festive plants usually bloom; Thanksgiving cacti typically start in late fall and Christmas cacti around a month later. An Easter cactus starts producing flower buds in February. If you …