Christmas Cactus begins to bloom!

greenman28 NorCal 7b/8aDecember 14, 2013

The Christmas Cactus is opening a little early this year, but she looks to have a nice set of blooms! Always a welcome splash of color as we wind our way toward the darkest day of Winter Solstice. Are yours coming into flower, as well?

Josh

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Second view:

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 3:16PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

And third view:

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 3:17PM
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camellia1_gw

On my! That is a very nice BIG plant you have...just beautiful!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 4:35PM
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donna_c

Beautiful! Love those colorful winter splashes of cheer. And what a great corner for the plant, with light coming in from different sides.

I am away from my CC, but it was in heavy bud when I left and I'm looking forward to seeing it in another week.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 6:25PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks! Almost 35 years old now!
Pruning keeps it manageable, and those nice windows help keep it vital during the Winter. Even so, notice that it flowers most heavily on the eastern exposure.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 7:37PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Amazing Christmas Cactus Josh...she's HUGE and healthy. Beautiful blooms!

I'll let you know if my small one decides to grace me with some pretty blooms this season, I've only had it several months...from a very nice member here :o)

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 12:06PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thank you, Nancy! I can't wait to see yours blooming!
We have some very generous members here, don't we?

Josh

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 12:11PM
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camellia1_gw

Wow! 35 years...she's a beauty.

I would love some cuttings if you have any to spare at your next pruning.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 12:21PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Oh my Josh!!! You know how to awe many of us with your amazing plants! You know the secret behind some of the most beautiful plants...

To think it's that old and still healthy, alive speaks volumes..Thanks for sharing in many ways pal.

Mike

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 12:41PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

She's a stunner, Josh! If the mood strikes you, I'd love to see a head-on pic of those flowers. Do they look like candy-cane stripes too? Thanks for sharing!
Tiffany

    Bookmark   December 15, 2013 at 5:56PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello, Camellia, Mike, and Tiffany! Thanks for the kind words :-) Tiffany, I'll get a couple closer pics as soon as I can. Yes they do look like candy-cane stripes!

Josh

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 8:30PM
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tommyr_gw

Kudos! Well grown!

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 8:34PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Cheers! Thanks, Tommy!
A couple more pics....for Tiffany ;-)

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 7:33PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Closer...

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 7:34PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

And closer...

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 7:36PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Excellent! The radial symmetry and straight-ness of the blooms is very distinctly visible in these pics.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 9:07AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Wow!! Your CC is really putting out a beautiful show...thanks for posting Josh!! Just beautiful!!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 4:35PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, Nancy! It's pretty full this year :-)

Josh

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 4:50PM
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Laura Robichaud

My True CC is starting to bloom. I wasn't sure it was going to this year. Despite a summer outside where it thrived, I dropped the pot bringing it in one night in October because it was getting too cold. It had to sit in a bin unpotted in my dining room for a week because I had a death in the family the next day.

Just an aside...I dropped the pot on the deck at 11 pm after returning from a class that night. This plant is 43 years old and gigantic. My 17 year old daughter heard the crash, came out on the deck and said in a snarky way, "if you needed help, you could've asked." She's lucky she's faster than me.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 9:41AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

So sorry about your loss Laura...

Wow, 43 years old...sounds like another amazing Christmas Cactus, looking forward to pictures. Lol...kids :o)

Hoping mine will get some too...will post a picture "if" it does.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 1:19PM
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kathi_mdgd

Those are gorgeous plants.Mine are outside and are in bud,with just a few blooms so far.We've had a couple real cold nights(for us) so I hope they survive.
kathi

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 8:38PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Josh, Your plant is screaming Merry Christmas alright and a Happy New year with all those blooms. Nice display of cheer :)

Greg

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 11:44PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello! Well we've passed the Solstice and the plants will be delighting in the increasing solar values from here on out! Merry Christmas to all! And cheers, Greg! ;-)

My cutting-started CC's are beginning to bloom as well.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 1:44PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Yes Josh..I ALWAYS look forward to this day!!!! It is such an uplifting thought and I know the sun will last an extra 3 - 4 minutes each day...The sun will be stronger than yesterday...:-)))

Do you remember this plant? I am loving it and it is very special..:-)

Mike....

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 8:09PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Yes Josh..I ALWAYS look forward to this day!!!! It is such an uplifting thought and I know the sun will last an extra 3 - 4 minutes each day...The sun will be stronger than yesterday...:-)))

Do you remember this plant? I am loving it and it is very special..:-)

Mike....

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 8:11PM
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layean

Wow, that is very nice !
I just bought the plants , and it looks quite an old plant. I am living at Melbourne,Australia.
I have tried to gather information on how to care for this plant. I have few questions, hopefully I can get the feedback here
1) Where should I place the plant? Indoor or outdoor? I am now placing the plant outdoor,under lots of trees,where it can get indirect light.
2) We have the temperature of average 15-25 degree,humidity is about 50%. The season now is summer.
3) I am using potting mix, and I am using clay pot, with only 1 hole at the bottom. Should I change it self watered pot?
4) which type of fertilizer I have to use?

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 11:16PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Beautiful Mike!! Your CC is very healthy and the flowers are very pretty!!

The CC I received from a generous member is blooming too...I'm very excited since I've only had this for several months!!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 1:23PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Blooms are opened...

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 1:25PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

One more...

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 1:26PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, beautiful, Nancy! So happy it's blooming this season! :-)

You bet I remember those, Mike, you've really brought those cuttings along well!

Layean, sounds like you're doing everything right, although I might suggest a bark-based mix instead of standard potting mix. As for fertilizer, just use a good fertilizer at about 1/4 strength at least a few times a month during the prime growing season.

My CC continues its bloom, new flowers opening as the old ones fall away....

Josh

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 1:45PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Thanks Josh!! Your CC just keeps looking great!!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 7:05PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Superb show Everybody,

Thank you all for posting them, really is such Good Cheer & just so Beautiful! Happy New Year to You All!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 8:00PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, Nancy and Karen! Happy New Year! May the blooms continue! My smaller CC's are starting to bloom now, including my "bonsai" CC. I'll have to post pics once they open.

Josh

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 9:17PM
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chloeasha

Very nice everyone! Mine are just soldiering along. I've started a few new :)

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 1:10PM
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Laura Robichaud

Nancy! I'm so excited your cuttings bloomed! I thought I'd take a pic of the mom before she was all bloomed out.

See all my moon cactus?? My son,who is in college and working part-time at Walmart, bought them for me for Christmas. He said, wow! I got you something you didn't have. LOL

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 11:02AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Thanks Laura, I was hoping you would see my post...I just love my CC!!

What a gorgeous CC!! Wow, look at all those blooms! How nice of your son to get you plants especially something you don't already have...Nice picture!!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 2:51PM
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camellia1_gw

Just beautiful!

Laura, how old is your plant?

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 8:34PM
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Laura Robichaud

Thanks Nancy! SO happy for you. :)

Camellia, this plant was started in 1972. I have only been in possession of it for about 1 1/2 years, though.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 12:57PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello! Beautiful picture! Great to see you all here, too :-)

Josh

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 5:06PM
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