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Christmas Cactus


It is still a few weeks away from Christmas by my Christmas Cactus or Schlumbergera Scatellairia has decided to bloom. They come in such pretty colours. I have an orangy one and a white. The picture above is a lovely pink one that died last year. I think I treated it too kindly and overwatered it. My Mom has a huge pink one for years that she took outside to the screened in porch each summer and brought it back in again in the fall. It would always be loaded with blooms. My Mom passed away three years ago so it is now up to my Dad to maintain it. This lovely seasonal plant is particularly adapted for fertilization by hummingbirds in their native Brazil says the The House Plant Encyclopedia.
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Christmas Cactus is one of my mother's favorite flowers. It grows easily for her, so she often repots them to give away as gifts. ;-)
Nice memories.

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