Christmas Cactus

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Christmas Cactus 18 January 2007

Our Christmas cactus plants start to produce buds around November every year and have pretty red flowers through December and into January. Then the flowers begin to fade. Since the plants that bloom are all near windows, turning their pots seems to encourage more buds to form on the side facing the sunlight, and we again have blooms into April.

All of these plants, except for two, are old and from cuttings. The two exceptions are hybrids we bought several years ago.

I read that Christmas cactus is really an epiphyte, a plant that grows above ground on trees, and that it is native to the tropical forests of Central America.

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