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Cactishell
Jan 30, 2020 12:51 PM CST
High so this is my 1st time to have cactus and I've got a little group that I purchased at a market and I'm just wondering if the Christmas cactus are growing the way they're supposed to they seem to be changing colors I don't know can the somebody give me some advice
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2020 1:32 PM CST
Hi Cactishell, Welcome!

That cactus in your photo isn't the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) that I'm familiar with so I hope someone recognizes it and will be able to offer advice.
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WillC
Jan 30, 2020 1:34 PM CST
I cannot ID it either. Although it is not a Christmas Cactus, as Lin has pointed out, it does look a bit like a Christmas tree.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2020 1:35 PM CST
A couple of other plants with one of the common names being "Christmas Cactus", perhaps your plant is one of these?

Tasajillo (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis)
Eve's Needle (Austrocylindropuntia subulata 'Monstrosa')
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2020 1:40 PM CST
Another with a common name of "Christmas Cactus" that looks very similar to your plant Eve's Needle Cactus (Austrocylindropuntia subulata)

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2020 7:40 PM CST
Yes, Eve's Needle (I'm not going to try to spell it). Yours is extremely etiolated from a lack sunlight. It needs to be in your very sunniest window. It can take temperatures down into the 20's, you may want to consider taking it outside.

If you do move it out, acclimate it to sun and cold slowly.
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