Tuesday, November 25, 2014

About the Thanksgiving Cactus

This one looks just like the more well-known Christmas cactus but this species blooms at Thanksgiving time. It will be in full bloom this Thanksgiving day!  Nothing like a blooming plant to add to the festivities of the holidays. Plants that have been given the correct care will bloom right on time, every year, so it should be all set to be a part of your holiday celebration.

This one was made from cuttings from my husband's grandfather's plant so it's pretty old stock; it's still a beauty and does brighten up the room!  

Vibrant, showy bursts of flowers pop up all over this holiday succulent. It is available in an array of colors. The Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti have been a houseplant favorite for over 100 years!  It is botanically known as a Zygocactus, and is a member of the Cactaceae family.  It is an epiphyte, which means they naturally grow on trees and is indigenous to South America.

Care Instructions--
  • A few hours of direct morning sun would be ideal. More than a couple hours of afternoon sun may be too much. They are quite happy with very bright indirect light such as living in front to a north facing window. 
  • Water when the top of the soil feels very dry. In a 6" (15cm)diameter pot, they should get about 1 cup to 1 -1/2 (about 1/4 liter or so) cups of water. 
  • A cool window is ideal. Cooler temperatures and the amount of daylight they get, will cue them to set buds. 
  • Fertilize regularly when not in bloom. Blossom Booster or African violet food may help their blooming if used during the late summer and early fall. Once blooming, do not fertilize again until blooming ceases.
  • Putting them outdoors in a shady spot during the summer months, would be beneficial..
  • They are easily propagated by single joints in peat moss.  A potting soil mix that is mostly peat moss or half orchid mix and half peat would serve well as a rooting medium.
  ***To watch short video clips on plant care from my 90's TV series, click below:
  The Indoor Garden TV



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  3. my thanksgiving cactus seems to be losing a lot of its leaves what could be wrong

  4. It's most likely a watering problem. It could also be a lighting problem. If you re-read the care instructions, I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what changes you must make. Fortunately, once you get the care down, it should grow out well!