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by plants 'n pots on March 24, 2006 12:49 AM
The funny thing is... that when I uploaded these pictures today, I noticed in my album that I had taken pictures of them in bloom the exact day last year - how weird is that?!? They were a little bit further along last year, but it's amazing how on time they are!

First time for this small one to bloom ever - I didn't know what color it would be and am thrilled that it's a yellow! Will hopefully take another pic when it is fully open - wanted to catch it today in case the flower falls off, as it often likes to do...
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This is my oldie but goodie -
I've had it about 8 years now and it blooms at least twice a year.
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by MissJamie on March 24, 2006 06:04 AM
wow! that's sooo pretty! I'll have to keep my eyes out for that one [Smile] the last one is a christmas cactus isn't it?

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by plants 'n pots on March 24, 2006 06:22 AM
I think they are both actually Thanksgiving cacti, Jamie - that's when the pink one has always bloomed.

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by Triss on March 24, 2006 06:36 AM
Lynne, Those are soooo pretty!!!

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by margaret e. pell on March 24, 2006 07:46 AM
Lynne, I have one that blooms that yellowish with pink undertones, too. I call it Rita's Yellow, because a woman named Rita gave me the segments I started it from. Nice to see it here!

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by cinta on March 24, 2006 08:20 AM
That is pretty. I want to find a yellow. It seems like they are all pink or red.

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by TomR on March 25, 2006 09:33 PM
I have a xmas cactus that is blooming for the second time this season. Congrats on the yellow, I've been looking for a yellow myself...

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by plants 'n pots on March 25, 2006 10:36 PM
thanks all! Here it is in full bloom today - unfortunately this is the best picture I could get with my cheapo camera...

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by joclyn on March 26, 2006 01:16 PM
they're randomly called thanksgiving cactus, christmas cactus and easter cactus because they happen to bloom around those holidays.

i was given quite a few by friends who were moving and couldn't transport them (they were driving across country). they weren't in good shape and i managed to get them all back to good health (and blooming). then i lost them all due to lack of care when i was working way too much. which is pretty bad, since we're talking about succulents here!!

i've never seen a yellow flower - just the pink and red. one of the plants she gave me tho, had a purple tinge to the leaves (red flowers). it was really beautiful! i miss that one the most (it's the only one i've ever seen with that purple tinge).
by plants 'n pots on March 27, 2006 12:16 AM
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they're randomly called thanksgiving cactus, christmas cactus and easter cactus because they happen to bloom around those holidays.
Hiya Jocyln [wavey] - thanks for responding here, but I feel that I must set the record straight... [teacher]

They are definitely not RANDOMLY called those names because of when they bloom. They are each actually a different plant, with different leaves and flowers.

Here is a link with pictures that explains each of the plants with their very different scientific names.

Schlumbergera buckleyi = Christmas cactus
Schlumbergera truncata = Thanksgiving cactus
Rhipsaldopsis gaertnert = Easter cactus

Click here --------> holiday cacti

Hope that helps to clear up any confusion about these very different plants. [kissies]

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by joclyn on March 27, 2006 11:27 AM
okay. thanks for the clarification!

hmmm...from what that site says, what i've always had are the thanksgiving cactus (no points on the leaves)...they always bloomed at christmas and later but not earlier than mid-december, tho.

my friend gave me some of what that site says are christmas cactus (points on the leaves). they bloomed from november on tho.

weird!!

the easter rose looks lovely!!! i'll have to look around and see if i can find one of them!!

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