Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Common cerise Christmas cactus

At last within the few days my standard ordinary common Christmas cactus is blooming … its flowers full and statuesque jut out from its shark-egg shaped leaves. Magnificent.

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… now … Christmas is surely on the way! :)

Many years ago, I had one of these beautiful plants and had grown it into a fine specimen of approximately eighteen to twenty inches across in every direction. I made the most dreadful mistake to listen to advice on a gardening programme on the television which recommended that these plants fared and flowered much better when allowed to sit outside for a few months of the year. Out went my prize possession, lovingly fed and watered as instructed by the same programme. That year we had an unseasonal extremely early frost - just a mild one, but it was a ground one. The next day my beautiful cactus plant was 'soft mush' not even one part was retrievable - not a leaf remained with which to take a cutting from. I am very careful about following advice from television or radio programmes now.

Flowering note: I usually allow my cactus to dry out for four or five weeks for a month or so before the flowering season. I then soak them with a liquid feed and plenty of water (just once) before going back to watering them with a splash about once each week. This produces a large quantity of flowers which last until well after Christmas. I often repeat the process a few months after Christmas which encourages a fresh blossoming at Easter and, if I remember, I sometimes have a third flowering season during the Summertime! :)

5 comments:

Angelika said...

Cool! Where did you get it?

The only Cacti I see around here are the ones that end up with the yellow flowers.

Kikey Loo said...

Christmas cactus is very nice.. :)

Ritchiela Anyi said...

The flowers looked like a purple orchid...lovely!

Richard said...

I used to have one of these and was able to keep it in flower year long. Very hot apartment and I kept it in the hottest area. Also, watered it a lot.
Then I moved house and there was no spot equal to the apart. Sad, I liked that flower.
Stumbled your post.

Rhonda said...

What beautiful coloring! Thank you for sharing the pictures!