The Thanksgiving Cactus

July 2, 2014 – 04:38 pm

3-IMG_1871How 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.

It seems like the plants are hardly moved inside, when the Christmas, or Thanksgiving cactus begins to bloom and puts on a beautiful show.

Isn’t it beautiful? In just a few weeks, the cactus was covered in gorgeous blooms.

This variety, a pink, a favorite color. There are other colors of Christmas cactus as well.


New buds, ready to open at the end of the segmented leaves.

The proper name of this cactus is schlumbergera, or zygocactus.

This is a very easy care plant-I move mine outside at the beginning of summer, where it spends its time on the shady back porch. It is watered and fertilized along with all of the other blooming annuals, but receives no other special care.

It needs watered (bottom watering works best) when the soil is dry to the touch, and fertilized 2-4 times a year.

Bring it inside before the temperatures drop into the 40s.

And then, as you can see, it blooms beautifully, in time for Thanksgiving.

About a month or so after it blooms, it should be pruned back, to keep it tidy. Prune by twisting off at the leaf segments. The pruned segments can be air-dried, to harden the ends, and then pushed into a pot with regular potting soil, to root for more plants. Treat these new cuttings just like a mature plant, and it should root fine.


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Christmas Cactus Unrooted Cuttings 'Lavender' Variety
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  • Easy to Grow.
  • A holiday and year round favorite.
  • Buds bloom from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
  • Three healthy unrooted cuttings are 2-4 segments each.
  • Roots can take 4 to 6 weeks to grow.

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