Schlumbergera; Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus & Thanksgiving too

August 28, 2012 – 02:27 pm

Schlumbergera, the Holiday CactusSchlumbergera 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 function of approaching fall.

Once the buds are set, it’s advised that you don’t move the plant or turn it, as this can precipitate mass bud loss. It’s disheartening to see all the beautiful buds promising a huge flower display all falling off.

Once the plant finishes its flowering cycle, allow it to go dormant and don’t water much until the summer. This group flourishes if summered outdoors, preferably hung in the lower branches of a deciduous tree for dappled shade, and watered whenever dry.

Epiphyllum, the orchid cactusSome genera that you might find in nurseries and greenhouses (or even in Grandmas house) are Schlumbergera bridgesii – sometimes sold as Zygocactus truncates; Schumberger gaertneri (also known as Ripsalidopsis gaertneri); Schlumbergera truncata, sold as Zygocatus truncatus, the crab cactus – all require the same care; dappled shade or filtered sun through a sheer curtain or in a lath house, ample water with periodic feeding with a liquid fertilizer, and as they originate in jungle trees, a soil with a high percentage of leaf mold or shredded bark.

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RhipsalisA unique thin flowering succulent
We bought this plant up from Kroger or Meijer, I cant remember which one. It flowers pink, and has thin jagged leaves. It is currently growing …

my poor christmas cactus
i was researching the proper care for a christmas cactus because mine became a little purple at the tips and only produced one flower this season. i also …

my stepmothers old plant
The plant has a number of stems of a medium color, with the stems running through the center of the leaves. Leaves are notched with flat tops, about an …

what is this succulent and is it poisonus?
It is very leafy and has pink almost plasticy looking tips growing out of the top of the flat part of the leaf. It has pointy edges but they are not sharp …

red flower
Chain of leafs rectangular looking Hi Gabby, this is a lovely red species or cultivar of Schlumbergera, Hatiora or Rhipsalis - they are all similar, …

A succulent plant with long, drooping branches and oddly-shaped leaves
Hello, My mother passed away recently, and we were left with several of her plants. One seems to be a succulent that I am trying to identify so that …

thick flat green succulent leaves and red buds in november
Very hearty plant. Thick flat green pointy leaves. New leaves grow out of existing leaves. Plant layers lie on top of layers behind it, bend backwards. …


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