Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus?

ltran54(9)December 14, 2012

I bought 4 tiny pots from Lowes about 3 Christmas ago and put them in this pot. They were very tight and now in full bloom. The purple color is not so much ready but white, peach and pink are ready.

Please tell me this TC or CC?

I don't go outside as much in cold weather, but yesterday I went to check on it, wow, they were drooping, so I brought it inside and these pictures taten this morning.

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Those are Thanksgiving Cacti. Below is a photo of TC leaves versus CC leaves (this is not my photo, I found it online). On the left are TC leaves, on the right, are CC leaves. Hope this helps!


    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 6:33PM
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Thank you Planto, if they are TC, then it is too late for them to bloom? Thanksgiving is long gone.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 6:54PM
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WOW Marie,
You can grow thanksgiving cactus as well as you do desert rose plants. Beautiful plants.
Thanks for sharing. I love them.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 7:30PM
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I am by no means an expert on holiday cacti, but I don't believe it's too late (with that said, I'm hoping someone else with more knowledge on this question will chime in).

If I'm not mistaken, my MIL's bloomed later than Thanksgiving last year and I think she has one right now that's forming buds (they haven't opened yet).

I hope this helps.


    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 7:31PM
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Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that most of the common cultivars were selected hybrids, selected for flowering traits, not natural plants. So do the terms TC and CC mean all that much for these plants, other than they flower heavily and easily during the short days?

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 10:42AM
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Hmm, that would make sense as to why my MILs TC has buds on it right now. I don't have any experience with making them re-bloom.


    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 2:44PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

TC and CC will bloom for quite a long window of time.

TC tend to bloom sooner, which is why they're marketed incorrectly as Christmas Cactus....
they have blooms before Christmas, and they sell better when in bloom. Christmas Cactus tends
to bloom just a bit later, right about Christmas.

TC is Schlumbergera truncata.

CC is Schlumbergera x buckleyi, an old hybrid.

Read this link to understand the clear differences:


    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 3:17PM
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    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 5:50PM
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Thanksgiving cactus- the pointy leaf edges are the tell. Bloom depends on hours of darkness, which can be artificially controlled. Growers do this with poinsettias too.

Here is a link that might be useful: holiday cactus

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 6:02PM
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