One year, it bloomed at Easter! Naturally, someone told me I must have an Easter cactus... One year, it bloomed around Thanksgiving and I assumed it was just an early bloomer getting a jump on Christmas. A co-worker told me her relative keeps hers by a cool window sill and it loves the cold... Mine does not like the cold window at all.
About two years ago, I decided that the house plants would go outside on the deck for the summer. Suddenly, my plant jumped into bloom mode. At the end of September, the beautiful little pink buds decided to show themselves. For me this is what works best -- a full summer of heat and sun with some fertilizing thrown in along the way.
Here is this year's beauty - just in time for Halloween. (I pulled the plants inside just before Hurricane Sandy hit town.) Maybe she's a little confused, as I am, but she's still downright amazing!
|Blooms at the beginning of November -- Merry Halloween?|
Gardeners -- what's your take on this? What experiences have you had with the mysterious 'Christmas' cactus and what would you recommend?