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Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by Celia, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Celia

    Celia Gardener

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    I have three Christmas cactus, 2 have never flowered particularly well but the 3rd and oldest has been a good flowerer until this year. It has only 2 flower buds at the moment. When these have finished, if no more appear, should I repot the cactus? It has been in the same pot for about 6 years, I always thought that they liked to be pot-bound but now I'm not so sure.
     
  2. Scotkat

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    Good morning Celia ,I am now down to three xmas cacti as I took cutting two yrs ago for a fundraiser as my plants were starting to look old and very woody but did always bloom for me.

    Also gave my oldest cacti that used to be my Mums and did get too big for me.

    Passed it on to out local hospital coming up for a year where I give theraputic red cross hand care in the wards.

    Did cheer ward up its nice to share with them.

    I normally put my cacti outside all summer got this tip frommy MIL.

    I took my plants in about a month ago and one of them do have to say is full of buds sure its my white cacti.

    This is even early fo rher to bloom as she can perform very well near and after xmas.

    Shall take a photo.

    Happy to share a tip cutting but will now need to wait until past flowering Celia.
     
  3. Scotkat

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    As you can see Celia she is in full bud.
     
  4. UsedtobeDendy

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    May well like to be pot-bound, Celia - but could have used up all the nutrients, if you don't feed it . Might be worth trying if you haven't already?
     
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    My Christmas Cactus(Schlumbergera) never lets me down I leave it out side all summer and bring it in about this time,it does seem to flower earlier each year though.Just took these pics.


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    That's a fantastic specimen Roders, they do benefit from being outside and as you probably know, must never be moved once the buds have started to develop. A major problem when buying these plants from a shop or a GC is the movement will cause the buds to drop.
     
  7. Scotkat

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    Spectacular Roders that was about the size mine was last year when I donated it to the lounge of our local hospital at Christmas to give teh patients some pleasure.
     
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    A lovely plant, Roders - covered in flowers, and such a glorious colour!

    Didn't know that, Strongy - although I have to admit I've never had to move one at that stage. Any idea what makes them do that?
     
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    Wonderful plant and flowers. I hope mine does well this year - I made the mistake of moving it a year or so ago, and it took huff. Its now back where it was.
     
  10. Celia

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    Lovely photos I shalln't post one of mine as it is looking very weedy in comparison. I have been feeding them for a couple of weeks now but I shall certainly try putting them outside next summer. They usually live on the kitchen window cill but I've had to move them as the window is about to be blocked up. Their new home isn't quite as sunny but after reading your tales I hope they don't get too mardy and the two flowers I have fall off!
     
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    I think the flowers may be phototropic ie turn towards the light, this usually happens when the buds are a couple of cms or more. [​IMG]
     
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    I can believe that, S, but why should that make the buds drop if they're moved? Seems an odd reaction... if the main thing with a plant is to produce flowers to reproduce - why should they have a problem like this? Or maybe where they're at home they have little wind, or anything else that would move them at all??
     
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    Scotcat & rodders: Fantastic plants! Think I'll give up growing them now :D
     
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    You've turned into a bottle brush, Strongy! Does that mean we'll ahve to call you Cally now?? :rolleyes:
     
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    The one I have, the first year was a lovely red just like the picture posted above by roders, but for the last two years it has lost the red colour and only produces white flowers, do anybody know why please? Do it need a special feed now and again to keep the colour?

    Trevor
     
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