Xmas or Thanksgiving Cactus

April 16, 2014 – 05:58 am

Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera bridgesiiOur Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is already blooming…no way! Or is it?

I checked online and just stumbled across another similar plant called the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncate). Sounds like it’s near identical to the Xmas Cactus…but blooms a little earlier. Hum…now I am confused. Is our Xmas Cactus blooming early, or was our plant mislabeled.

Quick facts on our cactus. We keep indoors in a west facing window. Actually…it lives on the bottom shelf and doesn’t really get any direct sunlight…I’d say about zero. We pretty much ignore this plant all year, watering it about once every week or two.

Checking back, it …but not certain when it started.

Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera bridgesii

Source: www.faroutflora.com


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Sounds like you will be traveling...

I suggest you have a live flower sent to their home to arrive just before you get there... something like an azalea or a Thanksgiving cactus plant, or a Christmas Cactus plant.
While there, I recommend you be very active in helping prepare meals, serve and clean up after the meals.
Offer to do things like peeling the potatoes, set the table, etc.
Since you are going to be there for 4 days, offer to run the vacuum before guests arrive, etc.
Offer to make quick trips to the grocery store as you see the need.
If there are children in the family, help entertain the children to give their parents a break

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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