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.


  1. Your photo is much better than mine.

    Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers Bloom Day December 2008

    Oh, Kathy, I doubt it.~~Dee

  2. Pam/Digging says:

    Brrr! And I thought we were cold. 🙂

    Pam/Digging´s last blog post..Hot and cold Bloom Day

    Of course, we’ve been on the roller coaster all week, up and down, up and down. Poor plants, they want off.~~Dee

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    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

  4. Marnie says:

    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

  5. Cindy says:

    I really think I need a Christmas cactus, too! If I go out today, I think I’ll see what’s available at Lowe’s. Stay warm and cozy, Dee!

    Cindy´s last blog post..Still Colorful on My Corner of Katy!

  6. Beautiful I haven’t had a Christmas cactus for years, but your photo makes me want to go out and get one…

    Susan Tomlinson´s last blog post..O! those birds!

    Susan, they’re so easy to grow that you should indulge yourself.~~Dee

  7. I’m a rescuer of plants at cheapo places as well..usually with some good soil they perform quite well, unless I try to put them in the ground! Stay warm:)

    Cheryl in Austin´s last blog post..Bloom Day December 15, 2008

    Thanks, Cheryl. It’s been really cold here.~~Dee

  8. Hi – I love your cactus. I have been thinking of getting one of these myself and I think you pic has convinced me.

    Helen, you should. They are extremely easy to tend.~~Dee

  9. Your Christmas Cactus is beautiful!


    Katarina (Roses and stuff)´s last blog post..Don’t forget the birds

    Thanks, Katarina.~~Dee

  10. Sue says:

    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

  11. Bonnie says:

    I heard you guys were cold up there and were sending it down our way! Thanks!

    Bonnie´s last blog post..Winter has the last laugh…

    Hi Bonnie, it’s been very, very cold. Unusual for this time of year, but those up north have it way worse. Merry Christmas.~~Dee

  12. Cosmo says:

    Hi, Dee–Whoa, you’re cold! But the little cacti must remind you of warmer times. btw, love your reading lists. Happy December!

    Cosmo´s last blog post..Not-much-in-bloom Day, December 2008

    Thanks, Cosmo. You stay warm too.~~Dee

  13. Leslie says:

    It looks very happy~must like that window!

    Leslie´s last blog post..GBBD December 2008

    Leslie, I think it must too.~~Dee

  14. CurtissAnn says:

    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

  15. At least you’ve got one, and it’s a beauty too! I love that hot pink.

    Indeed, MMD.~~Dee

  16. Darla says:

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

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

    Thanks, Darla.~~Dee

  17. I haven’t got much more than that myself. And I also find they bloom faithfully every year at this time without special treatment.

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens´s last blog post..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day December 2008

  18. Racquel says:

    What a gorgeous shade of fushia! I still have a few sporatic blooms but our weather has actually been in the 50’s lately. It will drop again soon. 🙁

    Racquel´s last blog post..December Blooms – GBBD

  19. Gail says:

    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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