Coping with cats, carrots and Christmas cactus
Q: Is it time to do something so that my Christmas cactus will bloom for the holidays? A: Perhaps. First take a close look at it. Does it show any sign of flower buds? They will appear at the ends of the stem segments. (Yes, the green part is all stems.
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For a long time, I didn't garden at all. I owned a solitary plant, a Christmas cactus a friend had given me, which I carried around for years, watching it bloom (or not bloom), get scratched up by my brother's cat, dry out, and then blossom again.
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Let it grow shoots and flowers to get a few fruits before the first frosts of December. Q: My Christmas cactus is in a 6-inch pot and growing over the sides. Is it too late to transplant it to a larger container? A: Christmas cactus, also commonly called ...
Preparing for the first frost
A good fall cleanup should start now. Long nights and cool temperatures will trigger your Christmas cactus to bloom. If it was outdoors during the summer, just bring it in and buds will start to form, but if you kept it indoors during the summer months ...
Want Christmas cactus to bloom? Here's what to do
Summer is winding down and fall is almost here. That means it’s time to give special care to plants that rebloom during colder months, such as the amaryllis or the Christmas cactus. Here are questions about what needs to be done with answers from ...
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The Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus need to be placed where temperatures are 55 degrees or lower at night and where there is dark for more than 12 hours. The poinsettias need total darkness for 13 or more hours every day for the next 40 days or so.
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The Sequoia Ballroom at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be filled with snow-capped Christmas cactus, tumbleweed snowmen and boot-scootin’ music. The holiday buffet features buttermilk fried chicken, angus sirloin steak, crusted salmon ...
Deck the halls with Christmas cactus
As you decorate your home for the holidays, add an easy-to-grow plant that will give you the gift of colorful blooms every year. Known as Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera), this tropical plant lights up the house with orchid-like flowers from late November ...
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Start wrapping from the bottom and overlap as you go up to the lower branches. October is a good month to cue Christmas cactus to bloom anywhere from Thanksgiving to Christmas. They need cooler temperatures (60-degree nights) and nine hours of sunlight ...
How to Get a Holiday Cactus to Bloom
Native to rainforests, these plants lack the prickly personalities of a desert cactus, offering greenery that’s touchable and easy to maintain instead. Flowers naturally appear near Thanksgiving or Christmas, depending on the type of cactus you’re growing.