Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Bright blooming cactus

All of the flowers had died down on the Christmas cactus and I allowed the plants to dry out until the leaves looked a little more leathery than normal. By this time the soil was bone dry. I then gave all the plants a good soaking and within about a week small flower buds began appearing once more on the ends of the leaves.

This weekend they have rewarded me with the most magnificent blooms …

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Christmas cactus (flowering once more in March)

15 comments:

Judy said...

Beautiful flower! I have a Christmas Cactus, but I call it my Valentine's Cactus. It never has bloomed at Xmas since I bought it...it blooms either right before or right after Valentine's Day...I think it has mutated somehow...LOL Love your site

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LadyBanana said...

Wow, it's beautiful! I have such bad luck with plants, no matter how careful I am they never live very long.

Marlene said...

OMG! I didn't cactus bears flowers. It's beautiful. It must be something like having good luck.

dawn said...

My mom died February 25th in 2000 ...
And my dad gave me her very large Christmas cactus, that spring.
Christmas eve that year, I woke up to beautiful blooms all over the plant.
I really believe that was my mom's gift to me!
dawn

spicybugz said...

That is so pretty. I had a coral catus but it froze when we got the deep freeze down here in FL. It's dead. I hope I can find another one like it.

Weezy333 said...

That's a beautiful flower. Cactus' have some of the most colorful flowers. It's too bad they don't bloom all year long.

Weezy333 said...

That's a beautiful flower. Cactus' have some of the most colorful flowers. It's too bad they don't bloom all year long.

Tyrannt said...

Those are very impressive flowers! I had no idea you could allow a christmas catcus to dry out a bit, then water it to produce flowers. You seem to have a significant knowledge about plants.

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bluecrystaldude said...

Purple Saturday!

I haven't see this kind of flower before. Very beautiful! :D

Insanely Chay is.... said...

A very beautiful flower.Just a question though shouldn't it be blooming christmas time? heheheh.Regardless I love your blog. I hope you will keep visiting mine. take care.

Shinade said...

Polly,
These are just stunning. Wow I simply love Christmas cactus and they are yet another plant that I always have trouble with.

Wow thanks for posting these beautiful pictures. The blooms are just gorgeous!!

Gregorio said...

These blooms are beautiful,I've had Christmas cactus but never had your kind of luck.Wish I did it is a wonderful plant.

bsilvia said...

What a beauty!
I never managed to grow nice flowers :(, I don't know why... I can grow only weed. :D Probably, I don't have the "green thumb".

Cheers,
S

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

I love Christmas Cactus. How lucky you are to have it bloom now!