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Christmas Cactus

What a shame about your Cmas Cactus.  I'm pretty sure that Easter/Cmas/Tgvg
Cactus are much longer-lived than that.  Schlumbergera x bridgesii is an
epiphyte and in its native jungle habitat grows in leaf debris in the clefts
of tree branches.

Cmas Cactus, Schlumbergera x bridgesii, is a host of the tomato spotted wilt
virus which is transmitted by thrips.

Also susceptible to Pythium Root Rot: Symptoms:Plants wilt and die.
Management: Plant in pasteurized potting mix. Discard infected plants. Apply
metalaxyl, etridiazole or etridiazole + thiophanate methyl to protect
healthy plants. More info:

Major Christmas Cactus disease problems include Fusarium, Erwinia,
Helminthosporium, Pythium and Phytophthora with the first three pathogens
being foliar while the latter two cause a basal and root rot.  Again
appropriate measures should be taken to prevent and control these problems.
(Daconil F or Domain F for foliage, Subdue or Truban for drench.)

Another virus I found it is susceptible to is Cactus X potexvirus (barrel
cactus virus), transmitted by mechanical inoculation; transmitted by
grafting; transmitted by contact between plants; not transmitted by seed.
Host species (hosts exhibit no symptoms) include:
Amaranthus, Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica, Beta vulgaris, Cactaceae,
Celosia argentea, Cereus, Chenopodium, Echinocereus procumbens, Echinopsis,
Epiphyllum, Ferocactus acanthodes, Gomphrena globosa, Ocimum basilicum,
Opuntia vulgaris, Pereskia saccharosa, Schlumbergera bridgesii, Zygocactus.
However, I wasn't able to determine from info I found on this virus what the
results are in the infected plant.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 7:09 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT]OT and on topic by the end---was--tolerance of lack of

> Let me assure all of you...  I am no angel, nor would I make a good
> politician.
> Although I attempt to keep politics off list, I did think it was neat
> that Bush went to Iraq for Thanksgiving.... of course, I am not sure the
> real reason he went, but hoping it was just a kind jester.....
> And since we are way off topic anyways.... how many are heading to the
> early store sales this am... I used to do that, but not this year....
> nothing worth fighting that crowd for this year, and I even told my boss
> not to expect me till around eleven.....
> One last question for you, and it is even on topic.... need some new
> ideas for X-mas decorations using natural gardening items... thoughts
> anyone?
> And my X-Mas cactus, which I had for a good 6-7 years has died... just
> shrived up and couldn't save it..... do they have a life span or
> something? It is still green, but drooping there and all the inner
> substance seems to be gone, flat as a pancake so to speak.... not over
> or under watered, no signs of bugs... duh?
> Hoping everyone had a great Turkey day!:)
> Donna
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