The image above is from Ellen Tyner who is a Facebook friend.
In this video, I share a few important tips about the Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus. You will quickly learn how to keep this fun plant growing in your home and or garden year-round. Using my pronunciation app on my iPhone I share the correct Latin name for the plants. I also share in the video tips on feeding and repotting the plant. ENJOY!
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Tips and Tricks To Grow Success
Below are a few tips I’ve learned over the years growing this plant in my home. I’ve killed a few along the way but also had a few bloom again with some basic tips. If you follow the tips below you should have no problem keeping the plant happy.
- Never let the soil dry completely out.
- Plant the cactus in a sandy soil.
- Do not place the plant in direct sunlight.
- Provide some humidity – use a pebble tray below the plant and keep it wet.
Assortment of Colors
Over the years I have owned a few different colors. Some of my favorites are the yellow and pink tip Thanksgiving cactus below. This was a display at a garden center I shopped outside of Rochester New York last December. I brought a few goodies home from this beautiful location.
What do you think of using the Thanksgiving Cactus in a combo planting?
In the photo above I have a black pot with proper drainage in a decorated ceramic pot. This will allow the access water to drain to the bottom and not waterlog the plant. For watering, I like to do the finger in soil tests after watering making sure the top of the soil is very wet. The cactus plants not like to be completely dry. Or it will look sad and dry like mine did in the video presentation above. Use a watering can and pour the water directly into the soil around the plant. Use a saucer of the container and filling it with pebbles that you will fill with water providing a micro-climate for the plant indoors.
Facebook Friend Shares Her Cactus
Below are a few options for displaying your larger Christmas and Thanksgiving Cactus plants. I love how my Facebook friend used another container to create a ‘pillar’ of sort. The 3 following images are from Ellen Tyner who shared her collection with me.
This is the room these beautiful plants are located. Ellen shares with me that this room is normally filled with plants. This photo was taken late Spring and several had been moved outdoors. My favorite room in my house!!
I asked Ellen on Facebook if she had any secrets to growing the cactus and she replied: ” I don’t have a secret….do have a consistent schedule for feeding and watering.”
Did you Know
You can tell the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) from a Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) apart from the shape of its leaves. The leaf segments, botanically termed “phylloclades”, are serrated or “toothed” on the former as compared to the more rounded leaf margins of the Christmas cactus. Read my post about this on my site at Christmas Cactus VS Thanksgiving Cactus.
More Cactus Post on My Site
below are a few of my favorite post about growing the Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus and other in this grouping. I’ve become a huge fan of growing cactus and succulent plants over the years.
Recently I attended a Daylily Garden Tour and brought home a few new cactus. Yes, you read that correctly: Cactus. In this post, Learn about