CONTINUING THE CHRISTMAS CACTUS TALE – Marilyn Armstrong

More Christmas Cactus – FOTD โ€“ 11/30/2018

We didn’t really have sunshine today, though they promised it. But at least it wasn’t dark and gloomy all day. So I took some more pictures of the cactus developing.

I remembered today that sometimes, instead of a standard but, the end of the cactus turns red and then becomes a flower. So there is more than one kind of bud on a Christmas Cactus. If someone has a good biology background, I’d like to hear about this — how one plant has two ways of creating a flower.

Fully opened flower
All the buds … and notice in front the one red segment. That too will flower.
And some of the back deck, too
Buds!

Still more cactus

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

20 thoughts on “CONTINUING THE CHRISTMAS CACTUS TALE – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Love watching your cactus blossoming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I could be wrong but i think red segments develop from age and lack of water.

    I got 2 of mine from a friend who had just bought a property that had been vacant for a time and there were cactii left behind in hanging baskets outside – they had turned almost all red with no green segments in sight. After a couple of years of care and watering this year the cactii have green segments growing at the end of 2 or 3 red ones? They have flowered in the usual way each year.

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  2. It’s dark and gloomy here and there isn’t one bud on my Christmas Cactus. Thank you for sharing Marilyn, at least there is hope.
    Leslie

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