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.
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Christmas cactus

n
(Plants) a Brazilian cactus, Schlumbergera (formerly Zygocactus) truncatus, widely cultivated as an ornamental for its showy red flowers
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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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Two of my favourite winter flowering plants are the cyclamen and the schlumbergera or Christmas cactus. These plants look so unassuming throughout the spring, summer and autumn but in the winter they put on lovely displays of colourful blooms.
The cyclamen's flowers appear like shy little buds peeping from beneath its leaves whereas the Christmas cactus shoots out flowers from the ends of its branches like fireworks.
Please put on Two of my favourite winter flowering plants are the cyclamen and the schlumbergera or Christmas cactus. These plants look so unassuming throughout the as we are not sure about spring, summer and autumn but in the winter they put on lovely displays of colourful blooms.
A eric mu spe damC Christmas cactus come from tropical jungles so, unlike dessert varieties, need to be kept slightly shaded and watered thoroughly when the top half of the soil feels dry.
As a colorful alternative to poinsettias, try Christmas cactus. Grow this long-living winter bloomer in bright indirect sunlight.
An ideal plant for gracing any home at Christmas is the Christmas Cactus with its beautiful blooms in red, pink, purple and white.
African violet and Christmas cactus plants lend themselves well for rooting individual leaf cuttings.
I'VE been fascinated by cacti since childhood having been given a cutting of a Christmas cactus by the old man who lived next door.
Cyclamen and Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) ADD compost to a planter or bowl - here I've used zinc-embossed pots which are light enough to carry and give someone as a gift.
CHRISTMAS CACTUS. These plants give colorful displays as they have pink, red or white flowers.
For a unique alternative to the traditional holiday poinsettia or Christmas cactus, and an attractive easy-care houseplant that will bloom continuously throughout winter, you may want to consider giving florists' cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) a try.
Christmas cactus will grow and flower at your temperatures as well as forced paperwhite narcissi, prepared spring flowering bulbs and most of the spring blooming cacti and succulents.