I think my Schlumbergera truncata has decided to make a liar out of me- there may be five of these holiday cactus plants in on the conspiracy. After I made the post about which of these holiday cacti were the real and fake Christmas Cactus none of mine flowered for Thanksgiving and I think they did it on purpose. Two of them are flowering now and the three remaining should be flowering on or around Christmas at the rate they are going.
Maybe my Schulms aren't conspiring against me; it could be that the poor plants still think they really are Christmas cacti and I don't have the heart to tell them they are really just the average Thanksgiving cactus.
Since none of my holiday cacti came with name tags I couldn't tell you what this pink one is called other than "pink." For someone who doesn't like pink flowers I can't get over just how impressed I am with this flower. The way these delicate flowers drape over the pot and hang in mid-air gives them the appearance of ballerinas standing on their toes. If you look closely at the photo above you may notice that the stigma in the foreground has a light coating of pollen and I'm hoping it will form some fruit from which I can gather seeds.
Someone emailed me to ask if I knew what would cause a Christmas cactus to drop the buds or whole flowers at one time. When a holiday cactus drops buds or aborts flowers the causes are dramatic changes in the environment. Sudden dry heat, too much water, too little water and cold drafts can all result in a flowerless holiday cactus once the buds have set.
If you're reading this you may be interested in rooting Christmas cactus cuttings.