Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, December: This is it.

Christmas Cactus
Holiday Cactus

With a low this morning of 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and a projected high of 18F, this is all I’ve got.  Three of these little plants grow in my sunny, bathroom window.  The one, above, which I call holiday cactus, Schlumbergera sp., starts blooming around Thanksgiving.  The coral one, which I call Christmas cactus, will bloom around Christmas and continue for at least three weeks.  My new one, a rescue from Wal-Mart, has already bloomed a light pink and white.  With a little TLC, I hope to see it in full bloom next Thanksgiving.

I don’t know too much about these plants other than they grow in the forests of South America.

I do know I like them because they are forgiving and easy-peasy, lemon squeezy.

I have one other indoor plant container which I’m saving for the colds of January.  I also planted some Amaryllis and Calla lily bulbs, but nothing doing on them yet.

For more bloom day posts, head on over to Carol’s blog, May Dreams Garden.  She hosts this shindig every month on the 15th.

19 Replies to “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, December: This is it.”

  1. Yes, this little guy is helping a lot of us northern gardeners this month. Last year I lost one that I had for many years. I couldn’t figure out what happened?? Oh well, I will enjoy seeing yours.

    You know, Lisa, plants are odd and sometimes they just die, don’t they.~~Dee

  2. What a lovely photo. They come in so many colors from white to reds. I like the pink shades.

    You’re in luck, Marnie, for pink is the most common color for roses. Thanks for stopping by.~~Dee

  3. After seeing several of these today, I may try to find a spot for one. Most of my indoor plants are ones we keep alive over the winter to put back out in the spring.

    Here in SE Nebraska, my computer says it’s 2 degrees. Brr!

    Sue´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day 12/15/08

    Sue, you all have had the worst cold weather for so early in the season. Stay warm.~~Dee

  4. Well, darn, honey, mine that are really big just hardly have bloomed for years! I finally put the oldest one in the guest room, where it gets no artificial light and it is cooler. Is there anything I can do to make it bloom?


    CurtissAnn´s last blog post..Monday’s Fair Light– Shining on Books for Christmas

    Rosebud, some of mine didn’t bloom this year, and I don’t know why, so I have no answer for you.~~Dee

  5. I would not be stepping outside either!! Beautiful cactus.

    Darla´s last blog post..GBBD 15th of the Month!

    Thanks, Darla.~~Dee

  6. Dee, A beautiful Christmas Cactus!
    I have no idea how I still have a few blooms at Clay and Limestone…not spectacular mind you, but a bloom here and there! We are getting ice storms tonight!
    Yikes…end to bloom in sight. Have good day and be safe out there. Gail

    Gail´s last blog post..December~~ Bloom Day

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