Does White Christmas Cactus Have Pink in It? | Home Guides

February 15, 2013 – 06:50 am

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is a popular houseplant because its colorful flowers -- which start to bloom when the days become short -- brighten the dreary winter season. Although similar to Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata),Christmas cactus blooms one month later and has rounded stem margins on their phylloclades. Christmas cactus requires little attention. Plant your cactus in well-drained soil and place the pot in bright indirect light. Water the plant only when the top inch of soil feels dry.

White Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus comes in a wide variety of colors including red,rose,purple,lavender,orange,peach,cream,and white. The flowers of the white cactus aren't completely devoid of color. The stigma and style,which protrude from the center of the bloom,can be a nearly neon pink. The petals may also be tinged with a rosy blush.

Hardiness

The Christmas cactus is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 to 12. However,the cactus thrives as a houseplant,which means it can be grown in virtually any climate.

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  • Christmas cactus comes in many colors.

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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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