|Betty's Christmas Cactus finally bloomed!|
|One of Our Christmas Cactus|
|Another of our cactus|
|Another happy cactus|
Christmas Cactus or it's official name "Schlumbergera" is also known as the Thanksgiving Cactus. It's a pretty plant and does not look like your traditional cactus, but more like a succulent.
Most species of Schlumbergera have stems which resemble leaf-like pads joined one to the other and flowers which appear from areoles at the joints and tips of the stems in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple.
According to Wikipedia: Light: They can be damaged by exposure to more than small amounts of sunlight.and are more tolerant of high light levels. Too much light causes stems to take on a reddish coloration; however, very low light levels will prevent flowering. Day length is important in controlling flowering; continuous darkness for at least 12 hours is necessary to induce bud formation. A period of about 8 days with 16 hours of darkness at 61 °F has been shown to cause flower buds to form. Lower temperatures slow this process. The advice sometimes given to withhold water to produce flower buds has been shown to be incorrect.
It's always amazing to us that we can grow this plant here where it freezes at night in the Fall/Winter, although I have to admit they do live in the greenhouse.