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Michael Trew
2021-11-24 17:15:22 UTC
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It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.

https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
US Janet
2021-11-24 17:31:10 UTC
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On Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:15:22 -0500, Michael Trew
Post by Michael Trew
It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
Nice!
Mine is a Halloween Cactus. But in an effort to honor all holidays,
it blooms abundately until sometime in March.
During the summer it lives on the bottom shelf of my outdoor deck
plants and is watered everyday from water dripping from plants above.
I think it must get fertilized by the water leaching fertilizer from
the plants above.
Janet US
Michael Trew
2021-11-26 04:47:11 UTC
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On Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:15:22 -0500, Michael Trew
Post by Michael Trew
It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
Nice!
Mine is a Halloween Cactus. But in an effort to honor all holidays,
it blooms abundately until sometime in March.
During the summer it lives on the bottom shelf of my outdoor deck
plants and is watered everyday from water dripping from plants above.
I think it must get fertilized by the water leaching fertilizer from
the plants above.
Janet US
Hmm, I've never heard of that one. Mine seem to bloom through the
winter as well, typically. My grandmother always put her plants out on
the back porch in the summer. Unfortunately, I don't have such a porch
on the back of my house. I can see spots in the brick, above the
foundation (now mortared over - look like where wooden studs were) where
there once was a full back porch on my house. I might make one again
some day.
i***@webtv.net
2021-11-25 00:13:11 UTC
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It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
Very pretty!
Lucretia Borgia
2021-11-25 00:55:55 UTC
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It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
Very pretty!
Those definitely look like Thanksgiving cacti, they have leaves with
more sharp points whereas the Xmas cactus has rounded leaves.
Michael Trew
2021-11-26 04:45:13 UTC
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Post by i***@webtv.net
It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
Very pretty!
Thanks!
Post by Lucretia Borgia
Those definitely look like Thanksgiving cacti, they have leaves with
more sharp points whereas the Xmas cactus has rounded leaves.
I just looked into this, thank you! Grandma always called them
"Christmas cacti", I believe they came from her. She likely was unaware
of the difference.
jmcquown
2021-11-25 00:20:25 UTC
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It's that time of year!  Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety.  I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years.  They are very
easy to root also.  Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here.  The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
I have no idea what they are but they are pretty.

Jill
Cindy Hamilton
2021-11-25 09:21:11 UTC
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Post by Michael Trew
It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
I have no idea what they are but they are pretty.
Jill
A very common house plant. Some varieties are called "Christmas cactus".
With all due respect to Michael, here are some pictures that aren't backlit:

<https://gardenerspath.com/plants/houseplants/christmas-cactus-bloom/>

I have one. It's been blooming on and off for a couple of years. I think
my husband treats it better than I did when I was in charge of it.

Cindy Hamilton
jmcquown
2021-11-25 14:10:25 UTC
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Post by Michael Trew
It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
I have no idea what they are but they are pretty.
Jill
A very common house plant. Some varieties are called "Christmas cactus".
<https://gardenerspath.com/plants/houseplants/christmas-cactus-bloom/>
I have one. It's been blooming on and off for a couple of years. I think
my husband treats it better than I did when I was in charge of it.
Cindy Hamilton
Thanks! When it comes to house plants I have a brown thumb.

Jill
Michael Trew
2021-11-26 04:44:04 UTC
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Post by Michael Trew
It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
I have no idea what they are but they are pretty.
Jill
Thank you! They came from my grandmother years ago, as did the few
other plants that I have left, most seen in the picture. A few cacti
are hidden, I think on the windowsill behind the sheers.
Post by Cindy Hamilton
A very common house plant. Some varieties are called "Christmas cactus".
Yes, I saw that the picture didn't come out well, but I didn't feel like
moving them or waiting until the evening.
Post by Cindy Hamilton
<https://gardenerspath.com/plants/houseplants/christmas-cactus-bloom/>
I have one. It's been blooming on and off for a couple of years. I think
my husband treats it better than I did when I was in charge of it.
Cindy Hamilton
A ha! Thanks for the link. I think that I inadvertently kick-started
the blooming this year. Per your article, to make them bloom
(simulating some kind of winter in their natural environment); amongst
other things, "Decrease the Temperature". It got quite chilly in here,
down to the high 50's, until I finally gave in and turned the heat on
not long ago. I think the temperature is what did it.
Dave Smith
2021-11-26 04:52:19 UTC
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On Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 7:20:31 PM UTC-5,
Post by jmcquown
It's that time of year!  Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety.  I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years.  They are very
easy to root also.  Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here.  The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
I have no idea what they are but they are pretty.
Jill
Thank you!  They came from my grandmother years ago, as did the few
other plants that I have left, most seen in the picture.  A few cacti
are hidden, I think on the windowsill behind the sheers.
A very common house plant.  Some varieties are called "Christmas cactus".
With all due respect to Michael, here are some  pictures that aren't
Yes, I saw that the picture didn't come out well, but I didn't feel like
moving them or waiting until the evening.
<https://gardenerspath.com/plants/houseplants/christmas-cactus-bloom/>
I have one.  It's been blooming on and off for a couple of years.  I
think
my husband treats it better than I did when I was in charge of it.
Cindy Hamilton
A ha!  Thanks for the link.  I think that I inadvertently kick-started
the blooming this year.  Per your article, to make them bloom
(simulating some kind of winter in their natural environment); amongst
other things, "Decrease the Temperature".  It got quite chilly in here,
down to the high 50's, until I finally gave in and turned the heat on
not long ago.  I think the temperature is what did it.
We have had a Christmas cactus for years. Lucky for us it thrives on
neglect. Every year it flowers beautifully right around Christmas.
Michael Trew
2021-11-26 17:13:26 UTC
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I have one. It's been blooming on and off for a couple of years. I think
my husband treats it better than I did when I was in charge of it.
Cindy Hamilton
A ha! Thanks for the link. I think that I inadvertently kick-started
the blooming this year. Per your article, to make them bloom
(simulating some kind of winter in their natural environment); amongst
other things, "Decrease the Temperature". It got quite chilly in
here, down to the high 50's, until I finally gave in and turned the
heat on not long ago. I think the temperature is what did it.
We have had a Christmas cactus for years. Lucky for us it thrives on
neglect. Every year it flowers beautifully right around Christmas.
Haha, yes, most of my houseplants are the same way, "thrives on
neglect". I killed off the finicky ones like African violets years ago.
The ones that I still have are troopers!
Leonard Blaisdell
2021-11-28 02:42:51 UTC
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We have had a Christmas cactus for years. Lucky for us it thrives on
neglect. Every year it flowers beautifully right around Christmas.
Shamrocks do well with neglect too. They're on a droop, water, ignore,
repeat cycle. The one I have is over thirty years old.
We have a Christmas cactus that started as one segment in Wisconsin. My
wife brought it home and dropped it in a cup of water. We put a quarter
cup of water back onto the segment for over six months to keep it from
drying out, when I finally suggested that she put it in dirt.
That was five years ago. Now, the cactus is substantial but has never
bloomed. After reading how to make it bloom (just now), I fear it will
remain a virgin forever.
She does, however, do well with African violets. If she passes before I
do, It'll be me, the shamrock and the cactus.
Michael Trew
2021-11-28 23:52:37 UTC
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Post by Dave Smith
We have had a Christmas cactus for years. Lucky for us it thrives on
neglect. Every year it flowers beautifully right around Christmas.
Shamrocks do well with neglect too. They're on a droop, water, ignore,
repeat cycle. The one I have is over thirty years old.
We have a Christmas cactus that started as one segment in Wisconsin. My
wife brought it home and dropped it in a cup of water. We put a quarter
cup of water back onto the segment for over six months to keep it from
drying out, when I finally suggested that she put it in dirt.
That was five years ago. Now, the cactus is substantial but has never
bloomed. After reading how to make it bloom (just now), I fear it will
remain a virgin forever.
She does, however, do well with African violets. If she passes before I
do, It'll be me, the shamrock and the cactus.
I hope that you both remain in good health!

Someone left an African violet where I work, on the front counter. I
leave the soil rather dry, and occasionally put a bit of water in it --
not much. It's doing quite well, so far!
Lucretia Borgia
2021-11-29 00:51:28 UTC
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On Sun, 28 Nov 2021 18:52:37 -0500, Michael Trew
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Post by Leonard Blaisdell
Post by Dave Smith
We have had a Christmas cactus for years. Lucky for us it thrives on
neglect. Every year it flowers beautifully right around Christmas.
Shamrocks do well with neglect too. They're on a droop, water, ignore,
repeat cycle. The one I have is over thirty years old.
We have a Christmas cactus that started as one segment in Wisconsin. My
wife brought it home and dropped it in a cup of water. We put a quarter
cup of water back onto the segment for over six months to keep it from
drying out, when I finally suggested that she put it in dirt.
That was five years ago. Now, the cactus is substantial but has never
bloomed. After reading how to make it bloom (just now), I fear it will
remain a virgin forever.
She does, however, do well with African violets. If she passes before I
do, It'll be me, the shamrock and the cactus.
I hope that you both remain in good health!
Someone left an African violet where I work, on the front counter. I
leave the soil rather dry, and occasionally put a bit of water in it --
not much. It's doing quite well, so far!
You should water African violets from underneath, not from the top.
Just stand the pot in some water and let it soak it up. Once a week
will do.

GM
2021-11-25 00:38:30 UTC
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It's that time of year! Sometimes these things get a little confused
and bloom late, or early, but they started almost on-point this year.
I'm pretty sure that they are Thanksgiving cacti, not the Christmas
variety. I'm not entirely sure, I've had them for years. They are very
easy to root also. Even with the sheers closed, my plants get great
light in the dining room window here. The bay window faces south, but
the side windows catch some morning and evening light also.
https://postimg.cc/gw0YbV1b
I like it...
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GM
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