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Christmas Cactus Early

This is a discussion on Christmas Cactus Early within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; I saved it , did before but put all the pictures on disk , How ...

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    I saved it , did before but put all the pictures on disk , How bout a bright red hat and speedo to match . Humm would make a cute Avatar lolol . Gin

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    I'll stick to bulky long underwear with my tasseled hat, but thanks anyway for the fashion advice!

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    Beautiful early cactus, Gin! Our pink one is blooming too! (Not sure if she has a name, but really putting on a show for such a small plant.)

    Matt, I am with you when it comes to cold temps. I get cold and it is hard for me to warm back up. We have wrapped the water heater and sealed up the windows and doors to help lower the heating cost. I even lowered the house temp down from 68 last year to 65 this year. I hope it helps. The gas company sent us a notice that the cost per CCF is going to go up .31 before it really gets cold--that we should plan our payments! Argh! The GH uses lots more gas than our home here, but without the heat the orchids would not make it. Oh well, spring is only a few months away.

    Cheers!
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    The greenhouse roof has the pool blanket , the floor is covered in rubber , windows 2 layers of plastic , last year the GH. used as much propane as the house . Will see what happens this winter , might be changing to cool growers .
    I relied on the bird sales to pick up the slack , not going to happen this year .
    I went to a bird fair yesterday everyone is worried about the cost of heating , No extra $$ for birds, or fun things .
    Thanks for looking at the pictures . Gin

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    BD-
    I did the same thing...I read an article in a 'green' magazine that calculated the savings for heat loss from the water heater when wrapped in a fiberglass blanket. It said it will pay for itself and start saving money in just a month or two with the current gas prices. (not sure if it's true for electric water heaters?) For anyone else reading this, the article said to get nothing less than an R value of 7. (I got mine at the box store, R11, for 16.00). The article also said to put foam pipe insulation over the first 4-5 feet of pipe going in and out of the heater. This simple fix only cost 1.95.
    As far the thermostat goes, I have mine on a multi time block programmable thermostat, to try to mimic some temperature change since all of my plants are in the house...I set it back to 61 from dark fall until around 6:00 a.m. Then I ramp it up to 66 for a few hours, then 68 for a few hours, and then back down. This of course if solely for my plants since I'm not here during the day!
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    Judging by the shape of the leaves, those are actually Thanksgiving cacti. Yes, there is such a difference. Xmas cacti don't have the notchy edges to their leaves; they are smooth. I grow Thanksgiving cactus here in Surfside Beach, SC outside all year until buds are ready to open or freezing temps come along. Mine also bloom in the spring sometimes. BTW, yours are beautiful! I have one red and one white. Both bloomed on time last Thursday.
    Have a good'n yall!

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    You are right , guess I am confused not them lol. Have you ever grown the yellow one? I think the name is Gold Charm I have tried and killed 2 or 3 of them , They were grown along with the rest and rotted anyway . I put these out in the spring and bring them to the enclosed porch when winter is close . Thanks for looking glad you like them Gin

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    never tried the yellow. i'll haft do that! I got the white one from my mom who ripped off a couple of sections from her bank. that's right, SHE STOLE FROM A BANK!! anyway, i started them in a glass of water last winter and they are good sized today. i'll send her out to her bank in search of a yellow one...

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    Couldn't resist looking them up. 3 different types. Toothy leaves, scalloped leaves and smooth leaves.. Mine is toothy, therefore, Thanksgiving.

    Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)is a member of a group sold as holiday cacti that includes the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri).

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    Mine all came from a reject shelf at a box store .
    Surfer I have not found a yellow one in any of the stores this year, they are hard to find .
    Welcome back Diane ! Gin

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