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November 18th, 2006
12:17 pm


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Thanksgiving Cactus (Speaking of color)

2006 christmas cactus horiz
Originally uploaded by netmouse.

Before I head out, I stopped to water the plants, and thought I would share a picture of the christmas cactus in all its glory. Actually it's more of a thanksgiving cactus, 'cause it usually blooms about now (and then again in February or so).

Bill rescued this christmas cactus from the sidewalk when he found three sections of cactus laying on the ground and said "Look! a Christmas Cactus!" We brought it home and grew it into a plant, which has been very rewarding. There's another cactus in the same pot, which grew from a cutting given to us by Hedwig Biggle. You can see it better in the other pictures I posted, if you click through to flickr.

(a christmas cactus is actually a tropical cactus and more of a succulent, so you should water it thoroughly whenever it's dry. If you want a cutting, let me know. it's getting huge, so I'll probably prune it once the blooms go away.)

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Date:November 18th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm envious. My grandmother grew both Christmas Cactuses and African Violets. She had a Christmas Cactus that was almost like a miniture tree, it was so large and round and so old that the main stem was bark-like. I have her touch with the African Violets -- they grow like crazy for me -- but I can't seem to keep a Christmas Cactus alive.
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Date:November 18th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
I've started growing plants in my office, to keep The Despair away. May I have a clipping? I can't promise I'll succeed at keeping it alive, but I will be nice to it.
Date:November 18th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
sure. I'll drop a few cuttings in vermiculite and let you know when they seem stable enough to move. it'lll be after the blooming is done so it'll be a few weeks.
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Date:November 18th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
My mom has one that is over 50 years old. It weighs over 100lbs!! She started it from a clipping from a plant my great-great grandmother raised.

I love them. When we move back, she's going to give me a clipping so we can keep it in the family.
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