ever-blooming christmas cactus

So there’s been a few questions about my Christmas Cactus “Tina” over on Flickr today.  I’ve been calling her Tina (Turner) because she is like a fluffy wig perched on the top of my plant stand.  I bought Tina on clearance at Target at least 8 years ago.  She was runty and had 3 stalks.  She has grown and done her thing, and been transplanted just twice that i can remember.  I used to water her all the time, back in the days when i had time to take care of my plants.  Then i got pregnant with babycakes (and have i mentioned that i moved when i was 9 months pregnant?  that hunny had power of attorney in case i was in the hospital having the baby during the closing?  wecutit thatclose, yeah, i thought i had…..), and we moved, and i let almost all my plants die.  murderer.  but tina hung in there. mar-12-024.jpg

So here are some questions and the answers:

Q:  How do you manage to get to have so many blossoms? My two plants blossom one at a time! They have such beautiful blossoms though even only having one.

and Q: 

do you give your cactus a cold shock to encourage the blooms?
i have one i received for Christmas two years ago and it’s pitiful. still alive but not wanting to bloom or even grow much…any tips?

A:  She’s magic.  I just don’t know.  she usually flowers 2x a year…  thanksgiving and memorial day.  the springtime one i can’t figure out.  the fall one is because of the early darkness and the chilly nights, so maybe the spring is because of the drastic change in temps from day to night?  i certainly can’t explain this current flowering, it’s on one side, the side facing the interior of the room, which is warmer than the side facing the window.  she’s just freaky like that, i suppose!

a story that may only by funny to my family:  my mom has had a christmas cactus for about 20 years.  it’s so thin and scrawny and scraggly, but she stays true to it.  hunny once actually whispered to me “what’s wrong with that plant?” while visiting her house.  back when tina was still a bitty baby, she commented that i was lucky, cuz hers has bloomed 2x in its life – my jr. prom (1991), and my college graduation (winter, 1996ish).  well hunny has taken such pride since this comment that ours just thrives and thrives…  so EVERY time we get new blooms, he takes pics to email her.  this past time he either forgot or didn’t get a chance, so i sent her a pic with the subject “sorry”  and she answered back something like, “yeah, that’s nice if you want all that stuff danglin’ off your plants.”  BWA- HA-HAAA!

alrighty then. carry on.

P.S. no comments on my capital v noncapital typing. *pbbbt*

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One Comment on “ever-blooming christmas cactus”

  1. o-no Says:

    1st off….. i like no capitals!!!!! *smile*
    and 2nd……. i honestly have no living thing in this house…….no plants fake or living…….it’s how i roll!!!!!!


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