As the Christmas season approaches we sometime purchase plants for neighbors, friends or ourselves to brighten up the holidays. So, for the next few weeks, I thought I’d cover a few of the more common ones and a few things you should know before buying them.
Christmas Cactus or Schlumbergera
as it’s known by its scientific name grows in a jungle and prefers semi-shade.
Unlike desert-dwelling cacti, it prefers a well-lit and humid atmosphere. You
can increase the local humidity by placing the pot in a gravel-filled saucer.
Christmas Cacti are
easy to grow and non-toxic to dogs and cats. It comes in many colors—red,
purple, pink, and white. And it is fairly easy to grow. It requires little to no pruning, but
removing a few of the oldest stems will increase the foliage. Remove whole leaf segments and root them for
with Christmas Cactus:
***Shriveling stems: caused by the plant being in a too hot and
sunny situation. However it is often due to root deterioration cause by over or
***Discolored and damaged
stems: caused by the plant being placed
in a situation that is too hot and sunny. Although it is a cacti, it’s natural
habitat is a woodland setting with dappled shade.
***Non-flowering: the plant must experience conditions to mimic
autumn changes such has shortening days and a drop in temperatures.
***Flower bud dropping: is caused by fluctuating temperatures or