I love the Christmas cactus but try as i may...I have never understood how to keep them healthy and alive. I have read instructions on how to water...
Don't over water, do not allow them to dry out...Place them in well draining soil... Blah, blah, blah,...... I purchased a couple two years ago and as usual they still remain a mystery to care for.
In December of 2011 my white cactus bloomed, the pink one did not.
When I moved to a new apartment the following year I placed them at the window with my other sun loving plants as I did in my last apartment..
That December, neither bloomed.......I assumed it was the change and like the other plants... they needed to get acclimated...
I changed their soil and pots over and over again...Some dried them out to quickly like the clay pots...Others like ceramics, would keep them appearing healthy for a while but then they would stop growing.
This year the only thing I've done differently was to change the pots again!. I purchased two cheap little plastic pots from the dollar store and forgot to place holes in the bottom, however, when I watered them... I allowed them to dry out between watering...and did not bother to punch holes in the bottom because they seem fine..
I than decided this month to place them on the balcony where they receive indirect light... And guess what...They began to bud!
I still can't figure this out...What did I do right/wrong? They are blooming in May??
I bought these little plants a few years ago in early spring. The leaves were a little bit meaty, but not as thick as a succulent. Over the spring and summer the plants grew huge, with long vine-y parts, but the leaves stayed more or less the same size - no more than an inch or two long. At the very peak of summer they did have a little red flower that came out, one or two of them on each plant. It looked almost like a tiny red daisy.
Anyway, I brought them inside in the fall and
they did not like it. I'd love to be able to buy some new ones, if only I knew what they were!
Thanks in advance for any ideas!
My vinca vines are much leggier...more stem, less density.
It sure feels like my garden is off to a very slow start. What a Schizophrenic start we have had to the growing season. In just a few short weeks we have had snow, 100 degree temperatures, and a bit of a cold snap.
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Mudpuppies? They look like something on the way to becoming a salamander.