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Post Posted: Jan 7, 2017 8:38 am 
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Oooo ahhh! Those are so pretty! I have a few blooming plants but never had much luck with Christmas Cactus. You are the master! Mine bloom but the plants stay the size I bought. I have some jade plants that grew huge. Similar type plant, lots of light here. Don't know why I can't grow those.


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I have one that is over 100 years old and it still blooms every year profusely.


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My husband gets the credit for our Christmas Cactuses doing so well, along with our other gigantic plants that take up way more space then we do. He says he doesn't do anything special; just waters them and gives them an occasional dose of miracle grow. We have good sunlight; the only humidifier like influence is a small indoor fountain in the main room and a boot tray filled with rocks and kept moist under a very large dracaena plant. All the plants have lots of friends too, so that probably helps keep them happy. :)


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Wow on 100 years. I lost a big old one when we first moved here. Got another older one from someone moving and lost it this year. Don't think it will come back but I have 2 in the kitchen window just blooming pink one. Miracle Grow coming out today see if I can revive them.


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I don't give anything to my cactus, just TLC and it keeps on going. I adore it. Very special inheritance from my Aunt many years ago.


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Wow, so gorgeous!!
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My husband believes our oldest Christmas cactus came from his grandfather's grandparents homestead in Southern Illinois. (His grandfather was raised by his grandparents due to untimely deaths of his own parents). My husband's grandfather got sick in WWI with tuberculosis and was sent to Fitzsimmon's out here to recover. He fell in love with CO, and when he recovered, he went back to Illinois, sold the farm, packed up his family and his belongings (the Christmas cactus included) and brought them out here. After his wife (my husband's grandmother) died (when my husband was eight), he moved to another house he'd built and the Christmas cactus was abandoned for over 2 months with no water or heat in the former house. Just before the old house was sold, my husband and his mom rescued the poor old Christmas cactus and they've had it ever since. When my husband's mom died back in 2010, we moved up here and brought it with us. So its a tough old Christmas cactus with a lot of history.

Before my husband's mom died, she started cuttings in water from the old Christmas cactus, and they were still in water when we moved up here (they were in water probably a year or two). We later planted those cuttings and that is now our youngest Christmas cactus in our living room (my second photo posted earlier in this thread).


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Our Christmas Cactus bloomed it's little heart out for Thanksgiving. and slowly dropped it's flowers. when we came home today from Texas it is again covered in flowers. Some are white and same are pink. Very pretty.


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Our Christmas Cactus bloomed it's little heart out for Thanksgiving. and slowly dropped it's flowers. when we came home today from Texas it is again covered in flowers. Some are white and same are pink. Very pretty.


Glad you are home safely and had a cactus "welcome home".
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