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Re: OT: Christmas Cactus and Poinsettia

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] OT: Christmas Cactus and Poinsettia
  • From: Jelcy <jelcy.romberg@verizon.net>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 22:26:42 -0600

I have Christmas cactus blooming in a hanging basket under a sky roof as I write.,
I have lots of them throughout the house in pretty much the same colors that Heather
mentioned.  They are all beginning to bud about now but some will be blooming in
early Dec other about the first of the year and some not until Easter.  (Perhaps
that's why some are called Easter cactus?)  Others, like some of our iris, are
reblooming and will rebloom near the end of March.


heather & bernard pryor wrote:

> Hi Mark, Your "Christmas cactus" is what we call a Zygocactus.  We grow lots of
> pots of them and keep them out all the time.  They generally bloom in mid July for
> us.  Perhaps their flowering time has something to do with the winter solstice?
> It would seem that they bloom in both hemispheres within a few weeks of this
> predictable event.  Ours are mainly hot cyclamen, deep cerise, bright red and
> salmon pink.  They live on our back verandah (facing south which would have the
> same gardening position as if they were growing near a north-facing wall in the
> USA) and get all of the worst weather etc.  It doesn't seem to bother them one
> bit. Cheers for now,HeatherSydney. Land of Oz.Where one man's Christmas Cactus is
> another lady's winter cactus!
>      ----- Original Message -----
>      From: BigAlligator@aol.com
>      To: lairis@yahoogroups.com
>      Cc: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
>      Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 2:03 PM
>      Subject: [iris-photos] OT: Christmas Cactus and Poinsettia
>            The Year 2000 Citrus County [FL] Master Gardeners Calender states
>      that
>      Christmas Cactus sets buds regardless of day length if night
>      temperatures
>      fall under 50 F.  We have had a lot of nights under 50 F, with one
>      briefly
>      dipping to freezing, and now the Christmas Cacti I have outside are
>      loaded
>      with buds.  I have attached a picture of it from last year.  This is the
>      result of one of my recycling center plant rescues.
>            The Poinsettias are also starting to get significant coloring to
>      them.
>      Most of mine are red, but I also have two bright pink ones.  All are
>      getting
>      nice color.  The color appears to be developing faster this year.  I am
>      wondering if night temperatures may influence Poinsettia too?
>           Both Christmas Cactus and Poinsettia must be grown in pots here,
>      because
>      on those colder nights that sneek in...
>      Mark A. Cook
>      BigAlligator@aol.com
>      Dunnellon, Florida      [USDA Zone 8b]
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