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Xmas or Thanksgiving Cactus

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Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera bridgesii

Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera bridgesii

Our Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is already blooming…no way!  Or is it?

Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera bridgesii

Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera bridgesii

I checked online and just stumbled across another similar plant called the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncate).  Sounds like it’s near identical to the Xmas Cactus…but blooms a little earlier.  Hum…now I am confused.  Is our Xmas Cactus blooming early, or was our plant mislabeled.

Quick facts on our cactus.  We keep indoors in a west facing window.  Actually…it lives on the bottom shelf and doesn’t really get any direct sunlight…I’d say about zero.  We pretty much ignore this plant all year, watering it about once every week or two.

It's Christmas!

Checking back, it was blooming in February…but not certain when it started.

So, does anybody else have a similar plant that is starting to put on its display…and what do you think we have?

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4 Comments

  1. You have a S. truncata. True Christmas cacti usually have solid red or magenta flowers, not magenta and white like yours, and the stem segments (phyllocladodes) have rounded, not pointed edges. True Christmas cacti are harder to find in commerce, because they usually flower too late to drive holiday sales.

    It’s not unusual for both types to flower again in the spring, though there are usually fewer flowers in the spring, and April is more typical than February. See also the PATSP profile for Schlumbergera cvv.

  2. It’s lovely. Sounds like a great low maintenance plant.

  3. Hey! I don’t ignore it :) It gets some sun too. Remember when I had to deal with the mealy bug break out on it?

  4. I have a couple of Schlumbergera truncate as well that have been kicking out sporadic blooms (1 here, 1 there) all summer.

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