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Re: Christmas Cactus

I'd be concerned about disease, virus.  Some plants can be hosts and show no
symptoms while harboring the disease that will infect others.  Some will
succumb.  Of those starts of your plant that have bounced back, some may
still harbor the problem and pass it on again in future.  I might prefer to
start fresh with a new plant.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Libby Valentine" <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Christmas Cactus

> My Christmas cactus did something similar 2 summers ago.  Just fell apart.
> I took the sections and tucked them into the soil in a new pot.  More than
> half are growing just fine (blooming or preparing to bloom now), the
> are still green but lie on the dirt - flat, just as you describe.  I have
> idea what is wrong with the poor thing, and no idea why half of the starts
> look great and the rest I should probably give up on.  They share pots and
> soil, go figure...
> I'm pretty sure they live a good long time - I have a friend who has a one
> that's at least 3 feet by 3 feet, and she's had it maybe 25 years.  It is
> gorgeous when it's blooming.
> Libby
> MD zone 6 where it's raining today
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 10:49 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] Christmas Cactus
> > Donna,
> > 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:
> > http://www.cas.psu.edu/docs/CASDEPT/PLANT/ext/xmascact.html
> >
> > Major Christmas Cactus disease problems include Fusarium, Erwinia,
> > Helminthosporium, Pythium and Phytophthora with the first three
> > 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
> > cactus virus), transmitted by mechanical inoculation; transmitted by
> > grafting; transmitted by contact between plants; not transmitted by
> > 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.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 7:09 AM
>  >
> > > 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?
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