Christmas cactus

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Christmas cactus

n.
Any of several epiphytic cacti of the genus Schlumbergera, native to Brazil, having jointed flat segments and widely cultivated as houseplants for their showy, usually magenta or red flowers that bloom in winter.

Christmas cactus

n
(Plants) a Brazilian cactus, Schlumbergera (formerly Zygocactus) truncatus, widely cultivated as an ornamental for its showy red flowers

Christ′mas cac`tus


n.
a cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and bearing showy usu. purplish red flowers.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.Christmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winterChristmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winter
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Schlumbergera, Schlumbergera - South American epiphytic or lithophytic cacti
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Christmas cacti like to be root-bound, prefer living in a sunny spot, and don't require much to drink.
Christmas cacti have graceful arching stems of flat leaves that produce ruffled silky flowers at their tips in red, pink, orange or white over the festive period.
She is active in the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association and grows seven varieties of poinsettias, including the Rose poinsettia, whose bright red leaves look like a rose, as well as Christmas cacti, succulents, cyclamens and other plants for decoration or gift-giving.
To keep your Christmas house plants looking in top condition, poinsettias and Christmas cacti like to be warm, although not blasted with heat on top of radiators and the like.
As a rule, plants including cyclamen, pot chrysanthemums, Christmas cacti and indoor azaleas are happiest in a cool room such as a chilly hallway or even out on a porch where there is little or no heating.
Her hubby Merv has been growing them alongside the orchids and Christmas cacti.
CHRISTMAS cacti are long-lived but to guarantee blooms for December 25 keep plants in the dark for twelve hours each day from October.
Christmas cacti come from tropical jungles so need to be watered thoroughly.
HAVE you bought your poinsettias, Christmas cacti and forced bulbs for the festive season?
But actually, Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera truncata) can flower from November to March, as long as they have been given a cool, dry resting period in February and March.
But actually, Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera truncata) can flower November to March, as long as they've been given a cool, dry resting period in February and March.