Is this a true christmas cactus or not?

Grantgarden2 Zone 5a/bNovember 3, 2012

Is this the "true Christmas Cactus"? I got this plant at a local florist, for $7.00 had around 10 clippings in the pot, each clippings had around 9 segments each. Was this a steal? What are some good tips on how to grow this plant into a monster plant?

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gramadea(z5 central MI)

Yes it is. Botanical name: Schlumbergera x buckleyi

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 8:03PM
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farmerann(7b)

Yes. What color is it supposed to be? farmerann

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 3:11PM
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gramadea(z5 central MI)

Yes it is and I would say that you got a bargain:o) If it is red maybe we can do some trading. If that is allowed on this forum. Mine is bright pink. Mine is at least 15 years old. It is blooming now. Late winter/early spring is the best time to take cuttings.
Best culture for this plant is bright indirect light. Can take some AM direct sun in winter. They love to go outside in summer in a shady, protected location. Soil should be well drained. Water well then let get nearly bone dry before watering again. Use half strength all purpose houseplant fertilizer (May-Sept), none in winter. I like to leave mine outside long enough to get some cool treatment (not freezing) in the fall to help with bud set. Hope this is helpful.

Dea

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 10:23AM
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