Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata)

My Christmas Cactus is budding out for the third year in a row. It has orange blooms and vidid fuchsia stems. To be honest, the stem color is caused by too much light. I love the color though. It is gloriously wild looking with fuchsia and orange. The stem color fades in winter with less sunlight and I really should move it back a little after it blooms.

Christmas Cactus comes from the coastal area around Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Must be a lovely place to visit but for now just a tropical dream.

It blooms when nights get longer and cooler, which is now.  How lovely that I have this little tropical dreamer starting to bloom just as my garden is dying back outside.  I ignored it all summer while playing outside and now it is the star.

All thanks to an attorney I worked with in Seattle who gave me cuttings from a massive Christmas Cactus that was taking over her bitty office.  I hope mine lives as long.

 

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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