December 05, 2011

Christmas Cactus Right on Time

Schlumbergera truncata

Do you think it will still be pretty on Christmas?
There are a good many buds yet to open.
Nights have been warm for December and it really opened up.

This is not a cactus, despite its common name. It is an epiphyte native to South American jungles.
An easy enough houseplant, it asks little in the way of care. When it isn't getting ready to bloom, watering can be haphazard and it will survive, but regular attention will ensure a prettier plant.

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in hot, humid Southwest Georgia.


Bernie said...

I do so hope those blooms last just a couple more weeks. It would make the perfect Christmas decoration.

Elephant's Eye said...

My MIL had a plant she inherited from her grandmother. Being Switzerland it spent the summer in the garden, and winter inside. Was a HUGE plant which she loved dearly.

Do you get rain in summer? Perhaps if you watered the Agapanthus in summer it will reward you with flowers. Mine for some reason are having a sudden good year, all are blooming. Who knows why?

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