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RE: purchased Christmas Cactus (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: CrazyPlantLady1 on 12.01.2014 at 08:34 pm in Cacti & Succulents Forum

Do not repot yet. Too many changes; new home, new temps, water changes, humidity changes, lighting changes, etc can all cause bloom drop.

After blooms fade, it goes into a dormant phase. Repot then in a pot only an inch larger. They like to be crowded. Use a good quality potting soil mix, but not one with fertilizer added.

In early spring (late March) start feeding on a 'weakly weekly' schedule. That means just a tiny pinch of general purpose fertilizer (like MiracleGro) and a few drops of SuperThrive in each watering. Flush plants with water once a month to remove excess salts from soil. In May, switch to a blooming fertilizer (I use SuperBloom) and SuperThrive and use 'weakly weekly' schedule. Stop feeding and decrease watering by half in October. Move indoors when night time temps fall below 50. Cooler nights and shorter day length triggers bloom formation, so keep it as close to natural as possible. This means no additional time under artificial lights. Even fluorescent lighting past sundown can halt bloom formation. The cooler temps also cause the white, yellow, orange and peach varieties to develop a pink flush at the throat of the bloom. It's gorgeous!

I know this sounds like a lot to do, but it's worth it. I will post a pic tomorrow to show you why. Just ask if you have any questions.

What color do you have?

Good Luck!
Kathy

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RE: Thanksgiving Cactus In Full Bud!! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: Lii-sama on 10.26.2014 at 01:56 pm in Cacti & Succulents Forum

Oh, I love my TCs, CC and ECs *grins*
I had some very early blooming this year. I guess it's because of June, it was untypically cold and windy this year.
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These were cute surprises.
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Also the "Bloom Fest" was still early this year.
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And this one was a surprise.
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RE: rooting christmas cactus (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: patty_3411 on 02.19.2008 at 08:01 am in Cacti & Succulents Forum

Hi John,

I have seen some Easter Cactus that don't have the dark edging but I am not sure how much the level of light affects that or not. I find that the Easter cactus tend to have more oval shaped cladophyls or segments.

Here's another pic with some stem comparisons:

1) Rhipsalidopsis with very large segments
2) Rhipsalidopsis
3) Hatiora rosea
4) old fashioned schlumbergera buckleyii type
5) three examples of the newer schlumbergera buckleyii types with more of the truncata shape (or claw or Thanksgiving) type segments.

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Patty

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RE: Right on time Thanksgiving Cactus! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: silenteyesspy on 11.23.2014 at 10:59 am in Cacti & Succulents Forum

And the wonderful Xbuckleyi Is right on scheduled for a beautiful Dec. 25th spectacular!!!

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