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December 3, 2010

Christmas Cactus is a great gift for the Holiday Season


Hirt sells these Christmas Cactuses through Amazon and is offering a great deal if you order three. They make great holiday centerpieces and will bloom in a sunny window all winter with little care needed. They come in a variety of colors, orange, fushia, white and pink. Yellow is a rare color and is also offered.

These plants were originally tropical forest plants which grew as epiphytes on trees and derived there nutrients and moisture from the air and sunlight, but did not damage the host plant. The present day varieties are hybrids and are quite easy to propagate by removing a single segment and planting it a quarter of its length deep in a pot filled with slightly sandy soil. It helps to put some kind of rooting hormone on the base of the cutting. Place the pot in a well lit area (but not in direct sunlight) and keep the soil moist. The cutting should begin showing signs of growth after two or three weeks.

In order to bloom the plant needs three or four weeks of cool weather. They do best in indirect bright sunlight and evenly moist soil. If well taken care of, the Christmas Cactus can last years.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at December 3, 2010 8:25 AM
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