Thanksgiving Cactus Pictures

Things You Might Not know About the Thanksgiving Cactus plant

August 16, 2012 – 06:09 am

Of Thanksgiving Cactus

The Thanksgiving cacti’s botanical name is Schlumbergera truncate. It is also more commonly known as the crab cacti. It is known as the Thanksgiving cacti as it blooms in the month of November.

The Thanksgiving cactus is easily confused with the Christmas cacti. The best way to identify a Thanksgiving cactus plant is by checking the leaves; the leaves of the Thanksgiving cacti are sharp and serrated while those of the Christmas cacti will be round and scalloped. Moreover the Thanksgiving cactus starts blooming in November while the Christmas cactus starts blooming 6 weeks later towards end of December. Another notable difference is the coloring of the inflorescence; the Christmas cactus is purple red while the thanksgiving flowers are a brilliant scarlet red.

Both the Christmas cacti and Thanksgiving cacti are native to Brazil. This cactus is an epiphyte, which means they generally grow on another tree. This is their natural habitat. Thought these are cacti they are not resistant to heat or drought. These plants need to be watered regularly just enough to keep the soil moist. Excessive watering leads to the plant to rot. It is essential to place the plant in shade for at least half a day during summer to prevent the cactus from shriveling. In winters place the cactus indoors to prevent the plant from freezing. Thanksgiving light will flourish best when placed in indirect light.

Thanksgiving cactus hanging baskets makes ideal gift. While getting the plant indoor during winters using a hanging basket is a good option. If you are unsure if the family will appreciate a plant you could give a Thanksgiving cactus pictures in full bloom instead. The brilliant scarlet blooms of the cactus makes great pictures, ideal to hang over the mantle or above the dining table and brings a wonderful smile on the face on the onlooker.


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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

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