A Christmas Cactus

Last Christmas, I bought the Husband a little Christmas cactus. It was already blooming when I bought it, so we got to enjoy its pretty pink blossoms until they fell off mid-January or February. Since then, we've taken care of it as best as we can, watering it occasionally, but not too often, and giving it a bright and sunny space, but not right in direct sunlight.

Christmas cacti bloom at Christmas and, if cared for well, Easter. Ours did not bloom at Easter and I had little hope for Christmas. They can be tricky, picky things, easy to keep alive, difficult to encourage to thrive. So, I was excited, thrilled, when I saw little balls of light green form on the ends of the stem. Now, the buds are turning pink and my faith in our ability to keep houseplants is returning.

I suppose this is a sign that Christmas is on it's way, but I can promise you, you won't find a single Christmas bauble hanging in our house until December first.


  1. I've never had a Christmas cactus simply because I have a rather black thumb.
    I too won't be putting up anything Christmas related until at least the 1st - I enjoy Christmas, but find that I get sick of it before the big day because everything is up and decorated WAY TOO EARLY! Mall's are especially bad for this, but this morning I walked into my office building to find the lobby decorated. Boo :(

  2. Oh man...so cute and adorable, look at those teeny little pink buds. Congrats on the green thumb!

  3. barbara @hodge:podgeNovember 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Pretty~and I too wait until Dec 1! It makes it more special then....

  4. NK_StyleingwithChildrenNovember 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    oh, I have a christmas cactus just about to bloom. Two years its been dormant, and this year it has decided to bloom. I wonder if I'm finally getting good at taking care of plants :)


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