Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Terra cotta vs. plastic pots for christmas cactus & all succulents???

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Jan 15, 2014 6:34 PM CST
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I potted these 2 pots in the same moth of the same year 2012.

Here are the same 2 pots now.

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They both had 1 or 2 blooms this year but the plants foliage seems so much healthier in the plastic pot.I believe i give them all the same treatment but if you have many plants it's hard to say that & be absolutely sure!!
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purpleinopp
Jan 16, 2014 1:14 PM CST
Very interesting! The plastic one did start out a little bigger, but no question it grew faster. Both had the same light?

A goal of mine is to move all of the c/s plants to clay pots, but TC/CC's would be last on the list, if I would do it at all. Hanging is what I prefer for these, and they're just so thirsty. I don't have any trouble with these rotting, quite the opposite, occasional wilting.

The flower on the right is especially pretty!! Both are TC's, BTW.
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Jan 16, 2014 4:43 PM CST
I agree that your observations are interesting. Because of the enormous amount of rain we had during the summer, I'm moving my succulents/cactus to terracotta pots. But I think I'll leave the TCs in plastic pots too.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Jan 16, 2014 5:50 PM CST
I have been moving mine to plastic pots as well.I have a problem in the house with the dry heat.Seems like between the pots stealing moisture and the dry heat clay pots are cruel and unusual punishment especially with my lack of watering.I am awful about keeping track of where i started and what has been watered when.I've started pulling them out of the pots and i can see how dry it is,except for my 2 bigger plants.They are in larger plastic pots and a lot easier to judge as simple as by weight.
'polka dancer'
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This one was moma's before she passed & i simply love it
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A green thumb comes only as a result of the mistakes you make while learning to see things from the plants point of view!!
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 17, 2014 5:25 AM CST
That looks like the really yellow one my Grandmother used to have. Is it really as yellow as the picture? Beautiful! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
If a door closes look for a window!
Heucheras Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Cactus and Succulents
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jojoe
Jan 23, 2014 8:44 AM CST
Hello David nice to meet you ,don't believe we have met before,if i'm mistaken I'm so sorry.

That is a very old plant it was my moma's and it was neglected for years. When i started getting interested in plants holiday cactus was 1 of the 2 i ended up obsessed with (at 1st.), the other was hoya's.

I have been in the hospital because of having a heart attack and i have a hard time keeping up with the site like i use to but i remember reading someone talking about wanting a yellow HC.Seems i remember it having to do with a family member so that was you looking for a specific color yellow,am i correct?I don't know what forum or thread i read it on but i remember JB showing you some of hers,they just weren't the right shade.

I tell you what i can do is look through my pictures of that plant and post a few more pictures of the flower,that way we can see if my camera has fiddled with the blooms color.

I will just post some pictures and you let me know.I have to send someone else a plant so i would be delighted to send you some cuttings.It needs to be cut back anyway & the last thing i need is more cuttings to propagate!!

BACK TO ORIGINAL TOPIC: I have really had to remember to pay attention/remember (tie a bow around a finger) the ones in terra cotta get more water & watered more often.If i watered the ones in plastic pots as much as the ones in terra cotta the plastic pots would have all rotted away a long time ago.
baby blue pot, at a distance with blooms
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up close, the last picture is from 2012
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 24, 2014 9:12 AM CST
I would be delighted to have one or a few cuttings from that plant Jelinda! I will also pay shipping should you do so. Or maybe I have something similar to trade? Then we both just pay our own shipping in the trade.

Would you be interested in Rhipsalis elliptica for instance? It kind of reminds me of Christmas Cactus in a way...



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