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Thanksgiving Cactus media?

This is a discussion on Thanksgiving Cactus media? within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Anyone here have a Thanksgiving cactus (or christmas or easter)? I'd like to know what ...

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    Anyone here have a Thanksgiving cactus (or christmas or easter)? I'd like to know what you have yours potted in.

    I have one that was given as a gift still in it's original pot. It's doing well and has grown nicely thought it's still small & is even putting out blooms.
    In time I'd like to get it in a new pot with fresh media. I've read some people use a mix of AV soil & perlite. Others put it in a bark mixture with success. Some use a gritty mix.

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    i was given a "Christmas" cactii by my sister in law about 12 years ago , still in the same pot & media.I do top dress it with bat guano when i remember.
    It is now huge , flowers every year in the winter.
    Feed it when i remember with orchid fert , let it really dry out between watering after it flowers.
    Here's a piccie from years ago.

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    I put mine in a moisture retention potting soil. I don't over water and they do fine. In fact, I tend to underwater and they'd do better with more water, as they dry out too completely and get a bit dehydrated. However, with plenty of light - right in my East window - they bloom beautifully. The side next to the window sets more buds than the side away and I rotate them all winter and enjoy the blooms. They can go outside during the summer too. I've had them for years and years, decades for the big one.

    This is my pink one a few years ago, I don't seem to have a current picture of it, it's about twice that size now. I think they are pretty forgiving.

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    I've had a few cactus and they grow in about anything. I like to take a bunch of old potting materials from the orchids that is broken down...sometimes old roots and all and add in potting soil and then mix it up. Top it off with some cuttings and voile'. I agree about not letting them get too dry either. Mine like to hang around the vanda area. Your flowers are gorgeous...I love that color!

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    Wow. I hope to have mine as long. Sounds like I really can't screw it up. My kind of plant

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    i have several, and some of their cousins. i keep my zygocacti (i know, outdated term) in the shady spot at the top of the wall under the overhang, where they are shaded pretty well all year, but still get brightish light, just no direct sun. they bloom really well. most of them i have had for many years. i actually have one fruiting from a flower last spring, and now i am waiting to see what color the flowers are, and i will try planting the seeds. never had one fruit before. mostly i grow them in peat moss. they love it and it can last for years and years. i have some tucked into the orchids in the house as well, if kept dampish they do ok mounted. just don't keep it soggy, it will rot. when budded/blooming they should be evenly moist.

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    Is there a better term that zygocactus? It's the only one I know and I'd forgotten it. I have a huge one that my father gave me a few years ago, he told me his mother had it some 50 years. Let's see if I can find the picture of it's blooms...

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    Pretty flower. I've not seen leaves like that before.

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    I'm not entirely sure what it is, but it's not the typical Christmas cactus, some larger relative. It's quite impressive, the flowers are very bright red and almost iridescent. It's a family heirloom!

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    Not sure what that is... but if you list a cuuting in o.bids I will buy it. XMAS cacti are schlumbergera now I think.
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