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Old 11-08-2016, 03:09 AM
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Mine is so slow growing. What's your secret? Do you feed it? (Mine never gets fed, just watered. Probably very hungry by now)
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:17 AM
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This is the most beautiful I have seen. Cannot believe the amount of blossoms that you have
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:52 AM
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Beautiful plant!!
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:03 AM
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Beautiful happy plant. I have two that will bloom for Thanksgiving. You got Christmas early.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:44 AM
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I can't speak for Mary O, but I have several...some bloom at Christmas and one at Easter! Crazy! They are succulents (cactus family), so only get limited amounts of water. No plant food. The buds come when the amount of daylight lessens. Even a porch light can keep the buds from setting. That's it. Sometimes plants need to almost be ignored to thrive. Mine are outdoors unless there's a freeze.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:46 AM
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BeUtiful plant! Mine is wimpy with just a few blooms. I know they are usually called Christmas cactus but I think there are actually different varieties out there. Possibly really a November or Thansgiving cactus. Mine always blooms in November and really likes being outside in partial shade in late summer and early fall
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Old 11-08-2016, 06:30 AM
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Yours is the prettiest Christmas Cactus that I have ever seen. The color of your blooms are beautiful. Throughout my adult life, on and off, I have owned a gazillion houseplants, including Christmas Cactuses. I have heard of putting 2 teaspoons of Castor Oil on them in October to get them to bloom. I have heard that pouring cofffee or tea on them (hold the cream and sugar) will encourage blooms. They supposedly like Rhododendron food. What I know for sure is that they like a pot that causes them to be a little root bound, and if you want them to bloom, you need to create a situation that will promote dormancy. The soil needs to be slightly dry (no moisture below 1 inch of the top surface of the soil). It needs to be kept in a dark room that is on the cooler side (about 55 degrees). Once you see buds, then move it out of the darkness and into a sunlit room (but never into direct sunlight or it will become droopy). I think that everyone who owns a Christmas Cactus wishes it would bloom as profusely as this plant! You definitely worked some kind of magic to cause it to be this healthy!
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:19 AM
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Your plant is absolutely stunning! I have two of them, a red and dark pink. The pink is over 10 years old, is quite large, but sometimes looks wimpy. Having read they like less light, I may move them from my east window to the hearth where light will be limited. Maybe that will encourage the blooms. I may also hold off on the weekly watering schedule.

Thanks for the great info SewingSew!!
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:20 AM
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WOW, just beautiful. Mine hasn't bloomed in years.
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:20 AM
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beautiful colors
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