Last December 15.
I've been looking at pics of previous years' blooms. There are many places on the web where you can find instructions on growing and bringing these jungle cacti to bloom. You know that my tips are haphazard at best. I leave mine outside in summer. This year they got too much water, I'm sure. The Easter Cactus resented that water, and has some virused-looking leaves to show for it.
Bloom in 2011 on a plant I bought for $1.25 after Christmas, 2008.
I brought all cactuses inside the greenhouse early. They are forming buds. The business about day length is correct but I cannot explain how the security light outside does not prevent their setting buds, maybe the light levels are just not that high.
Yellow. It must be viewed beside a white
to verify the color.
Nights are cool now, which also has an impact. The GH is unheated until temperatures reach near-freezing, then kept not much above freezing. We had one cool morning in the 30s so far.
Schlumbergera mix well with plants with similar requirements.
This one bloomed early 2013, too late for Christmas.
Mama would say these two clash beautifully.
I forgot to say that none of these have an ID.
It doesn't really matter to me if they have no names. When I watered today, I was so happy just to have nice plants. If a piece breaks, I root another plant. When they get leggy, I pinch back to good form and root more plants. Mr. Subjunctive suggested that I start hybridizing and grow seedlings. It's a marvelous idea but I need to stop growing things that take until I'm nearly 80 to bloom.
I need to start growing in the here and now. I have tiny Camellias that may not bloom for 5 years. My cycad seedling is 4 inches tall; will I see it to adulthood? The Alyssum seeds I planted last week are coming up -- I need more of that kind of instant gratification while I wait for Agapanthus seedlings to sprout and Parsley to return from going to the devil and back before it shows up.
Bloom, tiny bud like a baby's tooth and a bud.
I hope you enjoyed seeing Christmas Past as much as I did. If you want specifics about growing Schlumbergera, both Mr. Subjunctive and Mr. Brown Thumb have excellent posts giving the history and care of these plants.