Houseplants forum: Holiday and Christmas Cactus Time!

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

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JB
Oct 30, 2013 8:02 AM CST
I have a small collection of Christmas and Holiday Cactus and thought this is a good time to begin to show you the blooms as they begin to open. They will bloom from now until February or March and everyday is a thrill when new one shows me her beauty. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
So far these are blooming:

This is the old fuchsia plant I have had for years
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This is a hybrid called 'Thor Tenna'
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S. Horizonite Brazil
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S.Samba Brazil
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Zygocactus x Yantra
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 30, 2013 10:38 AM CST
Those are some gorgeous blooms JB. I'm still waiting for mine to produce flower buds. Thumbs up
Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Oct 30, 2013 10:44 AM CST
I agree Beautiful! Mine hasn't started producing buds either. Seems kind of late to not even see some production. Or maybe I'm just really anxious!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 30, 2013 10:51 AM CST
I'm probably anxious lol, but my mom's friend has one that has a few flowers and several buds on it.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 30, 2013 12:58 PM CST
JB: You have some really beautiful Holiday Cactus! I have one large plant and one small one but mine don't even begin to bud up until usually late November/early December timeframe ... sometimes they are in full radiant bloom in mid December. It's still pretty warm down this way though, 81ºF right now with high humidity. This is what my plant looks like right now and the second photo was taken December 19th last year:
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 30, 2013 2:24 PM CST
Lin, I enlarged your first shot to see if maybe you were lucky enough to have a "true" Christmas Cactus since it is a late bloomer. But, you do not, it is a hybrid and maybe because it needs some chilling down time and "dark" time, it just decided to wait until later to bloom. They are so worth waiting for but that plant should be blooming soon.
I am building a database on Cubits.org for my plants and when I am finished I will post it. It is open now f but I only have one entry in it so far. It is a lot of work but it will have some good info on it .
I would love to keep collecting but I am running out of room. Rolling on the floor laughing Don't you love those "Brazil" ?
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Stush2019
Nov 3, 2013 4:25 PM CST
We got both Thankgiving and Christmas cactus. Only the Thankgiving cactus is going wild again this year. It continued blooming for several months thru both holidays last year so I think it will do again this time.
JB, very nice collection and growing on your part.
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Same soil, same pot, no nothing added. Total neglect on our back porch untill it got too cold to leave out.

Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Nov 3, 2013 5:55 PM CST
What a beautiful sight, Stush.
Name: Judy
Simpsonville SC (Zone 7b)
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SCButtercup
Nov 4, 2013 4:59 AM CST
This year the little holiday cactus that I bought for $1 two years ago Is finally a huge blooming mess! Sheltered outdoor site like a covered porch seems to be the bet place for these folks. Then when it gets too cold(around late October in my part of the world) I move it indoors and the shock of less light seems to cue it to make buds. It's at my office and I can't wait to go in this morning to see it covered in blooms, they were getting ready to bloom Friday. It's a little early for thanksgiving, needs to get its calendar straight.
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Nov 4, 2013 9:15 AM CST
@Judy, don't forget to post a picture of your plant.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Wow, that's sure a beauty Stush! Great Growing!

@SCButtercup ... yes, please share a photo of your plant if you can!
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 4, 2013 12:27 PM CST
Wow so many pretty blooms. I got a medium size hanging basket of Thanksgiving cactus yesterday from a local gardener. It has a few buds on it.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 1:28 PM CST
Very nice ... looks like you will be able to enjoy the pretty blooms before long!
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 4, 2013 2:18 PM CST
Thanks Lin. Hopefully the buds won't fall off lol.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 4:09 PM CST
A few years ago I had one blast buds when I moved it from the screened porch to inside the house. Sad Don'tcha just hate it when that happens?
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 4, 2013 5:12 PM CST
I've had that happen so many times. It's frustrating Sad
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 5:53 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 4, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Tomorrow I'm going to look for holiday cactus at Lowes. I found a yellow one a few years ago but it died. Last year I only saw pink and red.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 5:58 PM CST
Oh, I'd love to find a yellow one; don't think I've ever seen one for sale around here. I saw a few at Wal-Mart today, in full bloom (probably forced at the greenhouse) but I passed on buying any since I'm limited on space as it is. Green Grin!
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 4, 2013 6:31 PM CST
I had to search 3 different Lowes and 2 Walmarts to find the yellow one Rolling on the floor laughing I think you could fit one or two more plants Green Grin!

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