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Christmas Cactus Early

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    These are on the cool porch . We had a few days of warm then cold they are confused . Gin
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    Beautiful Gin! Mine are a bit early too. The one I keep at work opened it's first few flowers this week and the one at home has some healthy buds developing much earlier than they did the last few years. Maybe they know something we don't; and hopefully this is that everything is moving up earlier this winter so that it will end early and we can have a very early Spring! Yeah, that's it!

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    Oh~~~~ I hope you are right ,we just had the first blast of winter sick of it already Gin

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    Oooohhhh, that's so pretty! Great growing!

    My largest Xmas cactus refuses to bloom. All those big green stems sitting there doing nothing. I only have one little cactus I got last year that is blooming. The other small one is full of buds. But the small ones aren't as dazzling as a large mature plant in full bloom.

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    Gin, I'm with you. I'm just not cut out for winter. Sick of it already too and it hasn't even officially started. It is going to be quite difficult to not annoy everyone on the forum with my ranting and raving again this year!! lol! Oh well, at least I have 1250 sq. foot of the tropics throughout my house to make it tolerable! I'd like to turn the heat up to 75 degrees but I'd end up with collectors after me for non-payment of the gas bill. If the predictors are right, I'm anticipating a $300 plus heat bill during the coldest winter month. I'm sure all the profits are going directly into the 401K of an unnamed American President. lol again!

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    orchidaddict- a sure fire way to get yours to bloom is to withhold all water starting Oct. 1 and place it where it can really cool off at night. Water and fertilize Nov. 1 and when you see the first sign of buds, water as normal. It is even more likely to bloom if you keep it outside from late August through Oct. 1 (not direct sun!) provided the lows aren't cooler than around 50 degrees give or take a few.

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    I love these. Mine has buds, but I can't find a space for it in a higher light location due to my 'chids so I don't have as many buds as I could. Ahh well. Yours looks great Gin.

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    Matt , Did you get a new tassled hat ,& snow boots ? hide the sharp objects ? Have you tried light therapy? heard it works .
    Thanks to all for looking at my confused cactus .
    Jenn mine does not get a lot of light once moved onto the porch , I agee with Matt about the Temp. shift rather than light .
    I moved all my plants out of the indoor area to the greenhouse except for the Paphs.Got rid of a lot of lights .
    The propane bill was bad last year hate to think what it will be this year. Happy Growing ... Gin

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    Got the same tassled hat but with a huge hole in it thanks to the smaller of the two cats I posted a pic. of awhile back. (there is a frightening picture of me in it, somewhere on this forum) He has now chewed a hole in three different shirts, trashed 4 separate socks, and a pair of briefs! Good thing I wasn't wearing any of them, lol!

    Fortunately I don't get depressed with the winter, I just simply don't like the cold and especially the snow. YUCK, YUCK, YUCK. It is so sloppy and messy, can't keep the car clean, etc. We had a dusting of snow earlier this week, maybe 1/2 of an inch, but fortunately its all melted now.

    I added that thin shrink wrap plastic sheeting over the sliding glass doors and transom windows and bought a small ceramic heater for the living room (which doubles as my orchid growing space) to help reduce the gas bill which apparently is going to be a lot more costly than electricity. I'm in a new energy efficient place and so far have only had the furnace kick on a few times. Now I have to hope my place isn't so tight I die from toxic fumes or something!

    The following statement makes no sense given weather is about as natural of a phenomena as you can get, but it just doesn't seem "natural" that temperatures cold enough that nothing can grow in them exists at all, anywhere!

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    I looked for the tassle picture , did not find it . Not given up yet Bet the socks he chewed up did not match each other lolol . Gin

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    Here Gin, against my better judgement but in the spirit of humor which is the only way I make it through Minnesota winters, I'll help you out...this is what I'll look like 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, for the next 4 months! lol. I'm going to contract a knitter to make miniature versions for the cats and the orchid pots!

    www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchidtalk/showthread.php?t=2283

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