Updated: Nov 5, 2020
I feel like a squirrel preparing for winter! When the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, I start to get sad because I know my time outdoors is going to end soon. I like to bring the outdoors in this time of the year. One of the many ways I do this is by bringing my Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) inside. I was gifted a few cuttings several weeks ago. I brought them home, stuck them in some succulent soil, watered them often and 'voila' I have buds! Gardening is trial and error, so I keep trying. When the weather gets colder and wetter, I will bring her inside. I bought one of these a few years ago for my late mother-in-law and wanted to keep it for myself! It was patiently waiting to be delivered to her in my bay window. One day I walked in and those cactus blooms were amazing! What do you do to bring the outdoors in this time of year? I'd love to hear your thoughts....
Botanical Name: Schlumbergera
Common Name: Christmas cactus
This is a small genus of cacti with six to nine species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. Plants grow on trees or rocks in habitats that are generally shady with high humidity, and can be quite different in appearance from their desert-dwelling cousins.. (Wikipedia). This explains why they are happiest in a little bit of shade in my backyard and fairly frequent water for a cactus.