The unusual stems and timely blossoms of these commonly grown house plants are both delightful and fascinating. Christmas cactus is an old favorite. It has striking, bright green arched branches made up of flat, scalloped 11/2 inch long joints. The branches droop, especially when in bloom. It’s multi-trumpeted, 3-inch long, rosy red flowers, plus other colors, appear at Christmas time.
SCHLUMBERGERAS (or Christmas Cactus) are native to the tropical forests of South America, where they grow on trees. They require rich, porous soil. Keep soil most but not soggy, and fertilize weekly when the plant is growing. They do well in front of a cool, bright window. During the summer you can move them outdoors into partial shade. Budding is brought on by the short days of October and November or by a cold shock. To promote flowering, place plants outdoors for a time during the fall.
LIGHT: Place in a bright but indirectly lit south, east or west window.