Blog post: Just in time: Pretty Christmas cactus

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Dec 26, 2016 11:41 AM CST
Very pretty christmas cactus! Mine also bloomed, only just a few flowers. Do you do anything special to get yours to bloom? I was told to let mine dry out from November on, then on Dec 1 move it to a sunny spot and start watering. Does that work?
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Dec 28, 2016 7:11 PM CST
My plant stays outside all summer and I really do not do anything till weather gets cold, late September then all the house plants come inside . In March all plants get a very week fertilizer when watering and they usually get outside mid May.

Plants that take a lot of fussing just don't last long here *Blush*
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Dec 30, 2016 7:40 AM CST
Me too! If a plant needs a lot of attention, I don't own it. I would like to figure out how to "time" the xmas cactus bloom though. I have a pale orange one that I'd love to have bloom around Halloween...it did one year! I'm just amazed that so far *knock on wood* I am keeping my Boston fern alive. I got it for only $2 on the clearance table at Lowe's and used it as a hanging plant late summer. I guess I shouldnt congratulate myself too much...it's easy early on, it's Jan/Feb/March that are tough.

Hope you have a happy, healthy prosperous new year, Annie Thumbs up
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
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gardengus
Jan 3, 2017 6:09 PM CST
Good luck with the fern
I have tried several timed but end up tossing them when they shed too many leaves and I get tired cleaning up after them.
There are three in my compost from this fall from a client that gave them to me at the end of season.
Just too much work and not enough space.

Happy New Year to you also Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.

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