Last week when I visited Hannafords, I discovered a delightful little cactus loaded with brilliant pink buds. Without giving it much thought, I assumed it was a Christmas Cactus (Schlumbera gerabridgesii). When I got it home and took a closer look, I discovered that it was a Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata).
I was given some 'slips' (cuttings) of a Christmas Cactus this summer. The plant is growing well, but I'm not sure if it will bloom this year. I'll admit, I've never grown either a Thanksgiving or a Christmas Cactus and never thought to get one. Probably because they are rather plain except for when they are in bloom.
My mother had a Christmas Cactus and loved it dearly. I didn't understand the attraction then, but as I see this little plant get ready to bloom, I'm beginning to understand. As you can see in the image above the two look very similar except for the shape of the leaf segments. I shared tips for caring for Christmas and Thanksgiving Cactus and forcing them into blooming a few days ago and thought you might enjoy it.
As for me, I'll be patiently waiting for my Thanksgiving Cactus to go into full bloom and checking my Christmas Cactus for any signs of buds. The only thing I need now is an Easter Cactus, but that is the subject for another day.
Until Next Time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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