Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Christmas Cactus

My Christmas cacti didn't bloom this year.  I am not careful enough about lack of light and cool temps and when to water and when to fertilize.
 
These plants need long dark nights and cool temperatures and a dry spell to get it together to bloom.
 
They bloom from the new growth and they are very slow growers so new growth doesn't happen every year.

Christmas/ Thanksgiving cactus don't have leaves.  The flowers come off the segmented stems.

I have never smelled an aroma from these blooms.  But they are a lovely surprise when they happen. (And I hope that will be next year.) (Or later this year as a Lenten surprise?)

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