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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Oct 26, 2011 12:47 PM CST
This is the time of year when these little darlings are beginning to set their buds. There are so many hybrid Schlumbergera that it might be fun to share pictures, posts and problems.

I will begin with a picture of a very old Schlumbergera x buckleyi. I have two of these old ones I use as stock plants. Some people call them Fuchsia and others Magenta. I really don't care what they call them. I still think the old Christmas Cactus are beauties.



Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 26, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Great color!! Let me see if I have a picture of mine.

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 26, 2011 1:45 PM CST
I've got one of those!

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Oct 26, 2011 2:28 PM CST
Lee that is a beautiful color, what is the name of that plant?

Hetty, that looks like the true Christmas Cactus. Does it have a name?

Here is another one. this is the light Orange Zygocactus (what they call them in some places because of the shape of the flowers) You can see the soft points on the stem which indicates the cultivar as S. Truncata and it blooms in October and November. Some call them Thanksgiving Cactus.

The Cultivars S. Truncata and S. Orssichiana have the different stem-segments then the S. russelliana and the S. opuntioides.



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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 26, 2011 2:30 PM CST
Mine came without a name....
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 26, 2011 2:37 PM CST
Mine is the S. Truncata (Thanksgiving Cactus). I have no idea his name...I picked up a leaf years ago because I fell in love with the deep peachy colour of it.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Oct 26, 2011 3:42 PM CST
Oh Lee, that is a wonderful color. You were lucky to come upon it. So many of the plants people have seem to be started that way. I love it! As long as they are pretty and we enjoy them, who cares what they are called. Rolling my eyes.
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chefmike92
Oct 27, 2011 11:28 AM CST
I had 3 different ones and i killed it not sure how im ok with plants grew 3 years and poof they are gone i started with just a few sections of 3 colors bums me out they arnt that hard to grow guess was having a bad year
all yours look great

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tarev
Oct 27, 2011 12:28 PM CST
My christmas cactus noid is just starting to form its flowers too:

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These are her photos last year around end Nov 2010:

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And here they were in bloom in mid Dec 2010:
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I am hoping they will come back as vibrant as last year Whistling
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Oct 27, 2011 12:45 PM CST
They are just beau.................ti.................ful! Looks like you keep them happy and healthy.
I wish my camera...better yet, I wish I could take good pictures like those you have. My camera just does not like me, so I use the cell phone and those are just not showing the beauty of these plants.
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tarev
Oct 27, 2011 1:56 PM CST
Thanks Jacquie! I am just hoping they do comeback hehe! I have learned to always get a photo once I see any of my plants in bloom...sometimes it seems I just imagined it Big Grin especially if they do not return when they should have.
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Mindy03
Oct 27, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Tarev thank you so much for showing them forming the bloom buds. I've yet to see one doing that and am hoping this year I will see blooms. My first year not killing them before now.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Oct 27, 2011 4:58 PM CST
Tarev, Is this one the same as your one? My sight is not good enough to tell. This one is a Peaches and Cream Zygocactus, one I purchased a few years ago from Hirt.



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This one is three years old now. I am hoping for some nice blooms, but I did quite a few cuttings and I may have messed that idea up. Big Grin
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tarev
Oct 27, 2011 6:40 PM CST
Hi JB! Hmm, it seems similar to the last photo I have..maybe it is the same Big Grin My plant starts a bit peach like in color, then when it starts to mature a little more it becomes whiter on the petals. I got mine from a local Home Depot store. Initially looking for poinsettias, but when I saw these lovely thingies, I decided to get them instead Big Grin
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 27, 2011 6:50 PM CST
I like that soft color.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Oct 28, 2011 6:41 AM CST
Your pictures are so much more clear than mine are. ARRRRRRRRHHHHH! No wonder we can not tell the difference. Lovey dubby
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GardenGuyAZ
Oct 31, 2011 4:21 PM CST
Mine aren't setting buds yet, being much warmer here still. Generally they start setting buds in November, and are in bloom by Christmas. This is my plant that I started from cuttings, from a plant that had been passed on from generation to generation, and was over 100 years old. It is the true Christmas Cactus. I placed it outside the beginning of October, so it will start getting the longer, cooler, darker nights, that seem to help it set buds.

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Nov 2, 2011 7:17 AM CST
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My dtrs last Christmas in full bloom!
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extranjera
Nov 2, 2011 4:30 PM CST
I bought this at a street sale the other night because I thought it looked like something I had seen here. Now, I don't think so. What do you think it is? It's looking a little sad because I forgot it was in the back of the jeep and it has been out there since Monday night. I guess I'll have to pot it up and wait to see what it does.


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A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 2, 2011 4:54 PM CST
Oh - very cool looking! I hope someone can identify it!

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