Thanksgiving Cactus Soil Type

Thanksgiving cactus cultivation

March 27, 2014 – 02:33 am

Miracle Gro Potting Soil

Thanksgiving cactus

Cactaceous plant of cylindrical stems whereof the leaves arise in form of plane segments till 5 cm long with 2-4 teeth on the margin. Bright green or reddish when the plant becomes mature. Pink or red flowers, tubular, up to 8 cm. Epiphytic cactus, coming from the Brazil reaching 1 m long.

Cactus family - cactaceae

Thanksgiving cactus (flowers )

Very notorious big flowers that appear from October to January. In case of not being present during this period, flowering can be forced by diminishing the time of exhibition of the plant to the light. The bloom is sensitive to the photoperiod and it doesn't take place when the days are longer, so what it is necessary to provide the plant an artificial night, keeping the same one during some hours in a closed and dark place.

Thanksgiving cactus (watering)

Water it moderately but regularly . A couple of times a week in summer, every 15 days or less in winter)

Not to flood to avoid the leaves rot. Spray the leaves when it is very hot, without wetting the flowers. A watering excess during the resting time impedes the flowering or makes the leaves wither, in which case watering should be stopped to let the plant recover.

Thanksgiving cactus (location)

In the sun, during cool seasons or in the demishade in hotter periods. It can be cultivated indoors. It doesn't support freezing, so that, in the event of temperatures below 10º C ( 50 F), take the flower pot indoors in an illuminated place. (You should usually do it in the last days of September). The suitable temperature to get a good blooming is between 11 and 25 ºC. ( 52 - 77 F) An excess of cold or heat produces the fall of the floral buds before they open.

Thanksgiving cactus (reproduction and transplanting)

By means of cuttings in spring or summer. Cut some pieces of a grown-up plant and allow them to dry one day before planting. Plant it on pearl bed, maintaining humidity constant not directly in the sun . It takes about 7 or eight weeks to root.

It can also also be reproduced by means of an apical graft on another cactus: Cut a couple of healthy leaves of a Thanksgiving cactus . Equally cut a 7 cm piece of the cactus on which it will be grafted. Make a vertical cut with a knife in its center. Peel both sides of the tip of the Thanksgiving cactus and place it inside the cut, holding it smoothly with a piece of cloth or thread. Place the plant in the shade and remove the tie when both vegetables pieces have welded.

Thanksgiving cactus doesn't need to be transplanted very frequently. As most cacti, it prefers its roots to be tight inside the container. Transplanting should only be carried out when the plant loses bloom or stops flowering.

Source: www.botanical-online.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



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