When we went to the farm for Christmas the Christmas Cactus in the front porch area would be blooming some years to greet us. They are absolutely breathtaking in full bloom.
Happy Holidays to all! I will be back shortly with the Pinwheel Flower’s corrugated cultivar form, but I was interested in posting about the Christmas Flower Cactus plant because I was able to acquire a flowering specimen, and was amazed to see the flower in full bloom for the first time. Contrary to my beliefs, these cacti are exclusive to Brazil’s coastal mountain forests.
Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus) Aka Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus, or Zygocactus, is native to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (Serra do Mar and Serra dos Orgãos), to the coastal forests and jungles at an altitude of 100-1500 m. In its native environment it is an epiphyte (occasionally lithophytic, growing on both trees and rocks). They grow their roots into the bark of their host tree. Their only access to moisture and nutrients is from rain and droppings that fall from above. They also always grow under a…
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