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My Christmas cactus bloomed just in time for the holiday this morning. You can see another blossom ready to open, maybe I'll see it on Christmas morning. It is one of my favorite plants because even in the coldest days of winter I can still see the beauty of a flower.
Taken in Osgoode, Ontario, Canada at our patio door in our dining room.
I have grown Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) for many years. Living in a mild and temperate climate, I get blooms a few times a year, and the colors are magnificent. Do you have any Christmas cactus? I hope you do as they are easy to grow and you can produce new plants by taking cuttings (break them off by hand) and they readily grow in my beach type climate.
By Bob35 from Santa Barbara, CA
A friend once called this bloom, 'Angel Wings.' The blooms will soon be opening in large numbers. Photographed with a digital camera in the morning under the patio cover. Christmas cactus are fun to raise and do well in our mild southern California climate.
My Mother always grew "Christmas cactus." When we would visit her at Christmas, there would be a few of the plants outside in the back garden, blooming in their majestic colors, adding beauty to the Holiday.
Thor Nille is one of my Christmas cactus plants. I tell my friends, "Christmas is coming, the Christmas cactus are blooming." They bloom so prolifically in our mild coastal climate and are outdoors plants the year round. If you have Christmas cactus, you can easily start a new plant by breaking off a branch at a stem and planting it in good potting soil, and it will eventually sprout. What fun for the gardeners!
The Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) are not real Cactus plants. They are in the succulent family. These two are currently blooming on my North facing patio in partial shade.
In our mild and rather warmish climate near the coastal plain of S. California, our Christmas cactus often bloom in the summer. Here is one from August, 2016. Others on my Schlumbergera (name of Christmas cactus family) plant area are budding out now in September, 2016. The colors are amazing and neon!
Thor Olga is one of the first Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) that I obtained. It always is so attractive with its red and white colors against the green of the foliage of the plant itself.
What nicer gardening decor than a blooming cactus. They make you come alive when they decide to bloom. I am lucky with the two large plants I have, because they bloom each season.
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I left my Christmas cactus outside all summer and all fall. (I live in the south.) I brought it inside on Thanksgiving and it began to bloom. The salmon colored cactus was a gift from a lovely neighbor and it's now one of my favorite plants of all time!
By Marilyn from Colfax, LA
Your cactus is beautiful. I have 2 and only one was covered in blooms. I live in NC and also leave mine out all spring, summer, and fall. Do you get something like spider webs on yours while they are outside? I have to use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean mine. Take care! (12/19/2007)
Marylin, Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture with us I love it. I never could have any luck with them, but looks like you sure can. It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing. (12/19/2007)
By Teresa, VA
Your Christmas cactus is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love them, but don't have one, so it is nice to see them in full bloom. (12/19/2007)
By Joy of Delaware
Beautiful, beautiful. Don't believe I have ever seen so many blooms on one plant. I have quite a few Christmas cactus plants, but they do not bloom anymore. Tell me your secret because I want my plants to bloom again.
Keep up the good work. (12/19/2007)
By Lula from MS
I'm so jealous! I have tried Christmas cactus so many times, they never grow for me. (12/19/2007)
By LEONA LABINE
A lady who works at the city Administration office has one like yours and says her secret is to use the plant fertilizer spikes for blooming plants. Do you use them too? You must surely do something? Hers is indoors all year long, with sparse light from windows in her office. (12/20/2007)
I do the same thing to mine. I live on the northern Arkansas-Oklahoma state line. Mine blooms every year for Christmas. My grandmother did the same to hers, she lived in northern Ohio, and when she was alive, hers bloomed yearly also. I think that punch of cold weather in the fall helps. I take mine in right before a heavy frost, but don't use any special fertilizer or baby it. (12/20/2007)
My grandmother had a large Christmas cactus it always bloomed so beautiful for her. Mine, however, never blooms.
Yours is very beautiful, thanks for sharing your picture.
My wife has one brought down to Texas from Colorado it's doing famously down here. She loves it too and frequently photographs it too. (01/21/2008)
I have a Christmas cactus that has been in my mother's family for 100 years. I start feeding it lightly when I put it outside in spring with a low strength fertilizer. It is on the north when outside, but get the early morning sun, which it loves. I bring it inside when the nights are in the 50s.
I have also added one that belonged to a friend of my mother's, and several new ones. I have red, white, salmon, and hot pink. Good Luck! (10/26/2008)