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Thread: My Christmas Cactus

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    It's gorgeous! Xmas cactus' are the only plant that I can keep alive - everything else dies on me!!
    I hear you, I hear you! We try, we really do! I've had the same friggin bird of paradise plant for a year and a half now... and it's not doing much. We planted seeds, only two sprouts came up. Sasha had the brilliant idea of putting the plant outside for some fresh air this summer when we were having a squirrel problem, of course the squirrel ate one of the sprouts!
    This is after the same plant was dropped on it's head during our move, and the moron who dropped it LEFT IT THERE!!!
    We planted two pineapple tops to try and grow a pineapple plant... now they're brown. We bought a pepper plant, with peppers already on it, it died, we have some kind of bromelaid (sp?) plant to replace the one we had at the other place that died, this one lost all it's beautiful colour and isn't doing anything now... it's still green, but it's not doing much.
    We have two other plants, more like small trees, in the house that are surviving well, don't ask me how. We fully expected them to join the rest and croak.

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    When I worked in a physician's office we had out of date birth control pills. I had lovely plants all winter because we fed them the pills, one or two, depending on the size, each week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baren*eh*ked_canadian
    Well, my plant is on the Kitchen table. Orion was sniffing at it when we came in, but she's not allowed on the table, so hopefully she'll behave herself when we're not around. 'm not worried about Leia, she's too lazy to haul her but up to the table anyway, lol.I Maybe I could spritz vinegar or tabasco on the leaves to discourage her from eating it just in case?
    That might kill the plant....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dix
    When I worked in a physician's office we had out of date birth control pills. I had lovely plants all winter because we fed them the pills, one or two, depending on the size, each week.
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    LMBO I never would have thought of that :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Wow that's big and beautiful!

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    I love your Christmas cactus. My mom had one she babied and it would never bloom for her. The first Christmas we had after she had passed away it had tones of blooms. It was like she was with us in spirit.

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    I have seen beautiful Christmas cacti! Yours is wonderful as well. I don't have any buds on mine. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    They're amazing plants. You just about CAN'T kill them!
    You have never seen what I can do to plants..without even trying.

    But I do have a cactus which I picked up a week ago at the supermarket for the center of a side-table at a dessert party. I can't believe it.........it bloomed

    There's always a first......so they tell me

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    My MIL's X-mas cactus actually popped the pot. It's roots were so strong. She has two green thumbs. I have two brown ones and a bad plantitude. (I'm in cute's "will kill plastic plants category).

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    I repotted mine in October that my MIL gave me a couple of years ago and it's not doing anything. I water it about every other month in the winter and once a month in summer....should I be doing something more/less/different? It's lovely when it blooms. but the last two years it hasn't put out more than two blooms total.

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    Not to sure about before, but they usually like to settle into a new home before blooming, they will bloom when they are truly happy, and just how that is achieved is anyones guess, plants behave differently and are different, people will say that I am nuts but they to have personalities of their own, Try giving it some attention, they know if they are loved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
    I repotted mine in October that my MIL gave me a couple of years ago and it's not doing anything. I water it about every other month in the winter and once a month in summer....should I be doing something more/less/different? It's lovely when it blooms. but the last two years it hasn't put out more than two blooms total.
    Leota, if your plant has gotten pretty leggy, like mine did, pinch back the ends fairly ruthlessly. I always add liquid plant food to my water. And check to make sure that the plant has adequate dirt. Mine "eat" the dirt, and after a year or so, only a ball of roots is left, so I have to either divide it and repot in two or more different pots, or put it into a bigger pot with more dirt. And make sure that it gets good indirect sun. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
    I repotted mine in October that my MIL gave me a couple of years ago and it's not doing anything. I water it about every other month in the winter and once a month in summer....should I be doing something more/less/different? It's lovely when it blooms. but the last two years it hasn't put out more than two blooms total.
    you mention watering but not fertilizing... I wonder if it is getting enough light? also some of these are picky about drafts, the do not like cold ones.

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    Lots of indirect light
    I have never fertilized it ... didn't know cactus needed it
    I talk to it and my Aloes on a regular basis.
    I haven't pinched it back...but the "leaves" are shriveled some...like not enough water but I know it's gotten enough..
    Not in a drafty place. but I don't put it in a dark place 24/7 either....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
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    Lots of indirect light
    I have never fertilized it ... didn't know cactus needed it
    I talk to it and my Aloes on a regular basis.
    I haven't pinched it back...but the "leaves" are shriveled some...like not enough water but I know it's gotten enough..
    Not in a drafty place. but I don't put it in a dark place 24/7 either....
    Leota, neither drafts nor dark matter, but the shriveled leaves mean it hasn't gotten enough water and/or nutrients. That is why it doesn't bloom. I water my cactus no less than every two weeks.

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    is it possible to water too much? I don't want to kill my plant either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
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    Lots of indirect light
    I have never fertilized it ... didn't know cactus needed it
    I talk to it and my Aloes on a regular basis.
    I haven't pinched it back...but the "leaves" are shriveled some...like not enough water but I know it's gotten enough..
    Not in a drafty place. but I don't put it in a dark place 24/7 either....
    You may be giving it enough water each time, but maybe not often enough? I am wondering if the leaves shriveling is why they are not producing buds?

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    Another thought, my aloes did not require as much water as my Christmas cacti (is that plural??? LOL) so if you are watering them at the same times the cactus may not be getting enough...

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    I literally just walked in the door and brought in a beautiful red Christmas Cactus!! I've been wanting one, so I just got it!! Total splurge. How wild! I love yours. I don't know much about them, except we have a friend who has had one for about 40 years. My DH remembers it as a child. I was hoping I'd have it until I'm old and gray(er)!

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    WooHoo!!! I bet that you will be giving starts off of it to your children when they move into their own homes :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Another thought, my aloes did not require as much water as my Christmas cacti (is that plural??? LOL) so if you are watering them at the same times the cactus may not be getting enough...
    Well, with my cactus, the leaves start to droop sadly if I overwater, and shrivel if underwatered.

    When you water, just make sure that it gets enough water to be wet all the way through. If it is really dry, I usually water until the dish underneath has water in it, then let it sit for about 30 min and then pour off the excess water so that it will drain thoroughly. As long as you let it dry out completely between waterings, and don't let it sit in water after you do water, it is ok. My cactus take as much water as my kolanchoe and other plants. When they are in the house, I water weekly.

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