Mysterious Christmas Cactus – Schlumbergera Bridgesii

You have to agree that this is an instant love at first sight for succulent lovers. However, its mystery is what attracts most of its lovers.

From botanists, gardeners, to the typical plant lovers (in this case succulent lovers), the mysterious Christmas cactus is fast becoming a household name. Its magical nature sells the plant as one of the most amazing succulents for home decor.

This is a detailed guide that unravels the mysteries of a real Christmas cactus. What is it like? Its origin, mysteries, how to get the best of it…. Much awaits you (like father Christmas candies) if you only keep on reading.

Mysterious Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera Bridgesii
The Mystery of Christmas Cactus @_mygreenworld

The Origin of Mysterious Christmas Cactus

The best way to unravel any mystery is to understand where it has its roots.

Schlumbergera bridgesii originates from the mighty Amazonian rain forests of Brazil. The holiday bloomer hails from the Zygocactus genus or Schlumbergera according to its name. The genus is home to only six species of which the bridgesii is one of them.

Thus absolute beauty was discovered in the mid-1800s by a scientist called Charles Lemaire. The plant has its name from the famous cacti collector from France, Frederic Schlumberger.

Take a look at another holiday cactus like the “Thanksgiving Cactus – Schlumbergera Truncata” for more fun from the cacti species.

How Mysterious is The Christmas Cactus?

In its native home in Brazil, the plant is christened “Flor de Maio.” It is where it gains its fame to be a mystery for most of its growers, and it is all about the blooming time.

Most cacti lovers assume that Schlumbergera blooms during Christmas hence its name Christmas cactus. To your surprise, this is never the case. The Schlumbergera genus is made up of holiday bloomers. The most confusing bloom closer or during Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving holidays.

So after all, the Christmas cactus blooms during Christmas. Its siblings from the Schlumbergera family host its mystery.

Take a look at “9 Types of Cacti” for our list of fun cacti types for you to have in your home.

Mysterious Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera Bridgesii
A Cactus for Your Christmas @_mygreenworld

What Does the Mysterious Christmas Cactus Look Like?

To completely unravel the mystery, we need to understand the plant’s physical appearance. In the end, you will find that it is a beautiful house plant from its looks.

The hardest hurdle to getting the real color of any holiday bloomer is the amount of propagation that it undergoes. The six bloomers take several colors ranging from magenta, pink, to white, and even some are bicolor. It is unfair to mention that the plant is one of the easiest to propagate.

The Christmas cactus is leafless with flat, segmented and slightly spiked stems. You will find its beautiful flowers that are red, pink or white in most cases emanating from an areola on its stem.

To quickly tell the Christmas cactus from the rest of the holiday bloomers, take a closer look at its stems. They are less spiked.

Looking for more rare kinds of cacti? Check out “The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica” for more.

Blooming the Christmas Cactus

Well, there is more mystery to unraveled than what you already know about this fantastic cactus so far so good.

What Comes into Your Mind When You Hear of ‘Cactus’?

As most of us would have never imagined, the Christmas cactus has its origin in the Amazon, think of the biggest rivers, and the highest rainfall amounts. In short, no desert-like climates where you find the thorned cactus.

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Does this Affect How it Blooms? How do You Care For it for Those Scintillating Flowers to Burst Out?

  • Christmas is winter time(well, not everywhere on earth). Winter is cold and so does the Christmas cactus hate hot environments. Avoid exposing it to hot air or direct sunlight. Its beautiful foliage can quickly turn into an eyesore.
  • Keep the plant exposed to bright light (probably next to your window). However, remember not directly under the sun. You can get it near the north or west-facing window or easier done, get a light-diffusing semi-transparent curtain. drain
  • Unlike other cacti, maintain a humid environment for this zygocactus mystery. The optimum humidity levels range between 50-60%.
  • The Christmas cactus is a long-living plant which makes it a great gift to be passed from generation to generation. Do not commit a crime of killing this beauty by letting its roots swimming in too much water. They can easily rot. Go for pots and soils that drain the water optimally.
  • Fertilizers work magic when it comes to growing indoor bloomers. Consider applying some fertilizer to a 2-3 week old plant. The process can also be done up to four times annually with breaks smashed four weeks before its blooming period.
  • Water your plant at least weakly during winter and 2-3 times a week when its a hot and dry summer season. Check the soil water retention(with your hand) any time before watering and only water if the top layer is dry.
Mysterious Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera Bridgesii
Beautiful Cacti Species @oneofthejessies

Can you confess your love for housing succulents? They are all juicy and beautiful to look at while adding more life to your interiors. But wait until you have your Christmas cactus. Christmas will never be Christmas again until you see the blossoms of a succulent queen.

Thank you for reading! Be sure to check out similar articles on the cacti species like “5 Dangers Of Overwatering A Cactus” or even “The Beautiful Blue Cacti—Pilosocereus“.

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8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower; Different Types for Indoors/Outdoors

Do you want to add a tinge of amazingness in your succulent farm? Whether indoors or outdoors, having a beautiful botanic garden is a dream come true to all succulents lovers. That’s why you need succulents plants that flower. Succulents are exhilarating plants. They come in different shapes and sizes making a place look magical. The sight of them is breathtaking.

They not only attract humans but insects too, thus resulting in pollination. Succulents that flower come in different shades from pale green, to purple, and pink. To find out more about plants that flower, read on for the exclusive details.

1. Stapelia

Stapelia has different species. The plant was first discovered in South Africa. Sometimes it’s referred to as carrion flower. They have a strong scent resembling rotten meat. Unfortunately, this doesn’t attract humans but only insects. Instead of leaves, they possess thick spikes which are quite harmless. Also, their flowers are magnificent and attractive. Some of its species are red, while others have purplish tips.

Be sure to check out “5 Succulents with Red Flowers” for a list of plants of the red species.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Born in South Africa @flowers.cactus

2. Huernia

Huernia is closely related to stapelia and is sometimes referred to as carrion flowers. Initially, it was cooked and used as food. Huernia has sharp thorns which can’t harm your skin. Since they don’t have leaves, they use their thick stems, which are pale green for photosynthesis. The red species has a foul smell that attracts insects for photosynthesis. Lastly, they can survive in hostile conditions like extended periods of drought.

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3. Portulaca

Portulaca is a brightly colored succulent. A sight of this plant just screams life. It has fleshy stems, and the plants flowers come in different shades like lavender, pink, yellow red and even orange. Apart from being vibrant, you can easily maintain them, and they require little water for them to flourish. For the best results, you should plant them in shallow containers. They also thrive in rock gardens.

Portulaca has shallow spreading roots which help to prevent soil erosion. Additionally, it has numerous species, for instance; sun jewel which grows fast. Magic carpet and sunkit sungle are annual species that cannot survive in winter.

Be sure to check out our guide on “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” to see how you can take care of your succulents plants during the winter weather.

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Flowers of Various Colors @georgualdoni

4. Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum is also known as orchid cactus. You can easily term it as ugly, pathetic, or disgusting before it blossoms. But when it does, you would definitely regret using nasty words on epiphyllum. What’s more enthralling about them is their dinner plate’s size like flowers. Behold! They are something out of this world. And, they possess different colors like white, bright red, purple, and palest cream, hot pink and pale shell pink.

They start blooming around the end of September and the begging of the spring. But different varieties can be grown at different periods of the year. Lastly, this succulent can cross-breed easily, and their cuttings also grow easily.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Hideous and Horrible @blkgirl_plantstagram

5. Adenium

Adenium is an interesting succulent. You will automatically fall in love with it its woody stem, green leaves, and their hot pink flowers turning white towards the center. It comes in different varieties, but the most common one is adenium obesum. Adenium is delicate and requires lots of care. The type of soil in which they thrive and the amount of water they get is essential. You shouldn’t overwater, and you should plant them in soil that has good drainage.

The plant often loses its leaves during winter, and they need to be kept in cold or winter temperatures. During summer, they need to receive maximum sunlight, at least 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Learn to also take care of your succulents in low light environments, check out “7 Best Succulents for Low Light Environments” for more.

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Fall in Love in Adenium @adenium_vladikavkaz

6. Bromeliads

Bromeliads are famous for their jawbreaking and colorful nature. Their flowers bloom when you least expect them. The leaves are long and slender with a solid green color. The plants can be a mystery, and it can take some time to unfold. Their leaves can be confused as flowers. What’s more surprising is that these leaves or bracts change their colors like a chameleon. Amazing, right?

The actual flowers of that succulent which are tiny and purple are usually inside the cistern. Bromeliads can survive in dry conditions, as carry their water. Bromeliads are a must-have in your garden.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Color of Nature @pvplantguy

7. Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus succulent is a beautiful gift for your loved one or a friend. It has flowers of a different shade of red, pink and purple, white or orange, which will make you warm up to them. Their colorful nature is excellent for your interior decor. Christmas cactus needs a lot of care to bloom from one year to the next. You need to water the plant sparingly. Too much water can destroy it. Also, you should avoid moving the plant from one location to the next as its buds and flowers are fragile.

Lastly, keep the plant slightly root-bound. Don’t worry; even if it doesn’t bloom as often as you love. That’s their nature.

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You Can Call Christmas Cactus @hannahlockard

8. Ruby Ball

Tired of a dull office desk? Or you do want to make your table at home stunning? Then, a ruby ball succulent is the perfect match. Ruby ball is also called red cap cactus and has a colorful red top. This succulent lack chlorophyll hence the name albino plant. They don’t have any hair or spikes. You should place them in a place full of light as they love being exposed. Ruby ball has a variant of 15 different colors. Some of which are neon, yellow, purple, orange, pink, and red.

Be sure to learn all about the cacti species by checking out our piece “What Is Special About A Cactus?“.

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Variant Color Ruby @photosbyamelinda

You need the right succulents that flowers to get your garden as colorful as you love. With the above types, you are good to go.

Thank you for reading! Enjoyed learning about 8 beautiful succulents that flower? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Rare Succulents You Wish You Knew About“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents. 

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