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Is this a true christmas cactus or not?

Posted by Grantgarden2 none (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 3, 12 at 18:33

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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RE: Is this a true christmas cactus or not?

Yes it is. Botanical name: Schlumbergera x buckleyi


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RE: Is this a true christmas cactus or not?

Yes. What color is it supposed to be? farmerann


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RE: Is this a true christmas cactus or not?

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


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