Northeast Gardening forum: Holiday Cactus Time! Show yours!

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 24, 2013 8:59 AM CST
First full bloom of the old "Fuchsia" Schlumbergera truncata, the Thanksgiving Day Cactus...which is blooming early this year.
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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Oct 24, 2013 3:44 PM CST
That's a very pretty one.......here are 2 of mine blooming now.....
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 24, 2013 4:07 PM CST
Marilyn, they are beautiful, do they have names? I love that red and yet the other looks like a pale yellow...what color is that?
Name: Celeste
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pixie62560
Oct 25, 2013 4:29 AM CST
Beautiful! I haven't seen any buds on mine yet...of course they are just now recovering from being neglected all summer. Sad
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 25, 2013 7:24 AM CST
I am sure if you give them some fertilizer and long nights, they will soon be popping out to say Happy Thanksgiving...that is if they are S. trauncatas.

Some of mine that have been inside with the others are doing nothing and have had the same treatment as all the others. I am sure these hybrids are really quite different from each other. Lord knows how many times they have been changed.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Oct 25, 2013 8:32 AM CST
Mine have started showing some small buds & i have some that i rooted last year in little solo cups that are budding i couldn't believe it.I will take a picture to show you.They were sitting in a window & i guess the cool air at night coming in the window & i don't have the light on much in there.But i was planning on potting them just haven't gotten around to it.Should i go ahead & pot them or let them bloom like they are?The buds are pretty big,bigger than my big plants.

Since i do put mine outside to get darkness & the cool air,at what temp. should i bring them in? It's been in the 50's at night & they are doing good,it got down into the high 40's a couple times & they took that good but the last 2 nights it's been into low 40's & mid 30's so they came inside.The temp is suppose to go back up.When do you know they have had enough darkness,when they first start putting out buds or wait until the buds get some size on them?

Sorry about all the questions but since i have been taking your advice they have been so pretty and last year mine were still blooming in Feb. Hurray!
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 25, 2013 9:47 AM CST
Jo,
No problem...questions are good...if I do not have the answers I am sure someone here does. Everyone is so eager to help it is wonderful being among people like that.

According to some things I have read, you should not move the plants or transplant them once you see signs of buds. I have shipped these hybrids when almost in bloom and fortunately they held their blooms. I do not recommend doing that unless it is an emergency and in my case it was a wedding and they needed them but ordered them after the buds were set. I did a lot of praying because moving and shipping stresses these plants big time if they are getting ready to bloom. I always wonder how people keep them blooming when they buy them in stores and they are in full bloom. Others say this is an old wives tale, so you must use your own judgement.

I would personally wait until they were done blooming, repot them, feed them and let them rest all Spring and Summer, bring them in when the temps. go down below 45 deg.at night. I bring mine in sooner, but that is because it is more convenient. They will actually tolerate below freezing temps for a short period but no sense pushing your luck. They will not tolerate frost.

You can resume feeding them after they bloom. I use regular houseplant liquid or African Violet liquid diluted to feed about once a month.

When you do transplant them, disturb as few roots as possible and press the soil firmly around the plant. Do not plant the plant too deep into the pot. I leave about 1/2 inch at the top of the pot for watering area. The plants in my house are in temps year round at about 69 or 70 deg.
The GH plants get much higher due to the suns heat. They bleach out even with the shade cloth on, but they are all fine and the temps range sometimes from 58 deg. to over 100 some days. nodding Last night it went down to 43 in the GH and they are fine today.

I've told you this before , but I want others to know also, this may not be the way everyone cares for their holiday cactus but this is what works for me and I am passing it on for you to try and see if it works for you. Hope this helps and I am here if you need me.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Oct 25, 2013 4:14 PM CST
I did think all Holiday cactus were the same thanksgiving & christmas i know the care is the same.Easter cactus is a totally different plant though isn't it? Does anyone know if their care is alike in anyway?We had a very wet & very unusually wet, cool summer and i left mine outside all summer.The easter cactus seem to like being damp & the humidity but they still didn't bloom at all for me.Any advice how to get these to bloom when easter comes around? I know it seems early but if they need a change in temp and daylight i want to know early to figure out what to do with them early enough.
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 25, 2013 4:49 PM CST
Jo, it is good to plan ahead with your Easter Cactus and I think there may be another thread in the Cactus Forum that will answer your questions. I do not have your answers at this time. I am sure there is someone out there on ATP that has the answers if we can find the thread where it is located. I will look for you. nodding
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 26, 2013 8:03 AM CST
S Horizonte Brazil baby is blooming for the first time. These are so pretty.
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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Oct 26, 2013 3:06 PM CST
Very pretty, JB....I have no idea what mine are, as they were given to me by a woman in my writing class.....one is definitely champagne colored.....
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 26, 2013 5:39 PM CST
Too bad. I hate when that happens and it does happen often. People buy the at Home Depot or any other shop and many times they do not have IDs on them. Then they turn out to be beautiful without a name. nodding
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Oct 27, 2013 7:15 PM CST

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have some pretty ones!! Hurray!
Name: Teri
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Roses_R_Red
Oct 28, 2013 1:21 PM CST
They're all so pretty!! Had some buds on mine when I left. Hopefully there will be some blooms left when I get home on Friday.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 28, 2013 3:51 PM CST
S. Thor Tenna showing her beauty today.

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S. Yantra is also coming along.


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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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JB
Oct 29, 2013 8:01 AM CST
Today we have S. Samba Brazil .....she is just beautiful.
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Name: Teri
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Roses_R_Red
Oct 29, 2013 8:26 AM CST
They ARE just beautiful JB. Blooming just in time to divert attention from all those plants that look so dismal til next year.
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Oct 30, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Oh, they are so lovely!
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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JB
Oct 30, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Thank you. I love sharing.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Oct 30, 2013 3:17 PM CST
My 1st. bloom is open today & i went to take a picture and my granddaughter has switched my camera for her play camera.I'm not getting any photo's with her play camera. Lovey dubby Confused It's a white bloom,i have been given a good many cuttings the last few years and i managed to get them mixed up.I will find out which ones are what colors as they bloom.I love a surprise and i think a pot of mixed colors will be just beautiful!! Hurray! I will take a picture of the white bloom & my plants which all seem to have a lot of buds this year as soon as Lily tells me where my camera is?? Whistling Group hug

The photo's are all so pretty,i wish i had room for 1 of each color there is!! Shrug!

JB, the S. samba brazil is beautiful!!! Lovey dubby I absolutely love that one,can't wait to see some more.
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