Thursday, February 17, 2011
As you can see from the photos, the plant was over grown before I got it around Christmas 2009 for $20. Watch Craigslist.org for great plant deals. Well I gave the plant a hair cut in the summer of 2010, and decided to subdivide it this winter. I had no idea what I was going to run into, but it became easier that I thought, and I divided it into 8 plants that reside in 6-8" pots. It got interesting, as all the branches converged at the bottom of the pot, where the majority of roots were. I cut the plant multiple ways, and sawed the wood under the soil, using rooting hormone before repotting. That's one of the secrets of old Christmas cacti, cutting wood below the soil will generate roots, above soil, it creates a place for more leaves to grow.
These will be sold at a local Cactus club meeting, holding back of course, one plant for me. But do watch out for those old Christmas cacti which have smooth leaves without the horn.
More information can be found at: http://cactus.biology.dal.ca/paulS/christmas/christmas.html
Thursday, January 13, 2011
|A white bud. Around are fading flowers.|
|Close up of flowers|
|More flowers up close.|
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The 2 or 3 plants on the left are Hippeastrum
Friday, January 7, 2011
|H. 'Blossom Peacock'|
Finally today my Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) 'Blossom Pecock' burst out of its buds. H 'Black Pearl' I gave to my in laws on condition I could see and plant it out in the spring. H 'Minerva' looks to be working hard at this too. But boy does it make a difference where the bulbs come from.Black Pearl and Blossom Peacock are from a nursery at $10-15 each, and Minerva is a Home Depot rescue for $6.99.
These plants will not bloom just once for me, as I will be planting both in the ground for the summer, where they may bloom or not, uprooting them in August or September and cooling them down for a rest before repotting around Thanksgiving.
|H. 'Black Pearl'|
Thank god that Schlumbergias are easier to culture. Just a little shade in the summer, and they will bloom sometime a lot, sometimes a little, but they always perform. I have S. Dark Marie in bud right now, and it looks like lipstick. I cannot wait for the flowers.