Thanksgiving cactus make bloom

How to Care for a Thanksgiving Cactus

April 25, 2013 – 05:53 am

This cactus came home with me

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!


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 people grow is a hybrid between the Christmas cactus and its relative fall-flowering (S. truncata). Is is more compact, denser and has larger stems. This hybrid is called S. x buckleyi.

To most people it is known as "Thanksgiving Cactus" because it blooms in late November. By subjecting it to very cold temperatures, producers are able to delay flowering and offer it around Christmas. However, at home, your "Christmas cactus" will probably bloom earlier. Curiously, it happens very often that these plants bloom a second time after Christmas. So, the Thanksgiving Cactus blooms easily, but rarely at the desired date. Learn to appreciate its flowering when it occurs. If you want flowers for Christmas, buy a poinsettia.

Strange and beautiful

The Thanksgiving Cactus really is a cactus but it is far from the other typical plants of the family. Its stems are not round and spiny, but flat and smooth. Moreover, many people mistake them for leaves. The stems are divided into segments called "articles". First they grow up, then arch up gracefully. The flowers, elongated and slightly asymmetrical, grow directly from the end of articles. Each flower may last two weeks, longer if the room is a bit cooler.


There are three factors that stimulate flowering Thanksgiving Cactus: short days, some drought and a slightly cool weather. So do not place your plant in a location that stays bright at night (your plant will suffer short-day) and reduce watering from September. If you lower the thermostat at night, you will make your Thanksgiving Cactus very happy and it should bloom abundantly. But even if you do nothing special at all, it is not uncommon for it to flourish anyway.


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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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