Beautiful! I love Christmas cacti. Did you know that you can control the bloom time based on the amount of daylight it gets -- as soon as the number of hours in complete darkness passes a certain threshhold, the cactus sets blooms. So if it's blooming too early, give it more light at night until you are ready for it to bloom, then put it wherever you had it since it seems to be blooming beautifully there. And if you have one that won't bloom at all, be sure you put it somewhere where it will get several consecutive hours of darkness - don't keep it in a room where you leave the light on very late at night or turn it on really early in the morning.
Note: this is one of only 2 things I remember from my brief stint as a botany major in college. (the other is that the gingko is the only tree that has swimming sperm )
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Good to know about altering the blooming schedule. I am still not totally happy with the location. Our other Xmas cactus (hidden behind the blooming one) has many pads that have turned red, and the whole plant does not look vibrant. Too much sun?
That location (eastern exposure) gets tons of sun in the warm months; maybe it's too much for these cacti, which are more rainforest than desert cacti.
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I killed my best Schlumbergera (the botanical name for the genus of cacti under discussion in this thread) last week. ... I haven't had time to put plastic on the windows in the entry room and realized that running the space heater in there without the plastic was a bad waste of energy. So I decided to close the kitchen door and leave it unheated until I got the plastic up. I didn't give a thought to the fact that it might drop below freezing in there. It did. Bye bye 5 houseplants. Sad day.
I have another Schlumbergera in the music room -- a gift from my aunt. I've had it a few years and it's never blossomed (hers has never blossomed either). I was all set to consider that it was sterile when what do my wondering eyes should appear? A few flower buds! I'm contributing it to the fact that I just put a humidifier in there on the same table as the plant. I'm suspecting it was not getting enough humidity!
My mother had some that bloomed at Thanksgiving and some that bloomed at Christmas. I thought that they were separate varieties that were actually called "Thanksgiving cactus" and "Christmas cactus." Maybe not, but the individual plants did naturally bloom at different times, even when kept in the same conditions.
Originally posted by Mary Anna: My mother had some that bloomed at Thanksgiving and some that bloomed at Christmas. I thought that they were separate varieties that were actually called "Thanksgiving cactus" and "Christmas cactus." Maybe not, but the individual plants did naturally bloom at different times, even when kept in the same conditions.
Yes they are the same Genus, but they are derived from different Species. Also, the Thanksgiving cactus has pointy leaf edges, the Christmas cactus doesn't.