Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fertilizer Friday

I inherited a large Christmas cactus from my Mother-in-law and brought it home just before Christmas.
A few weeks ago, shots started to appear and I thought wow new growth.
But no, tiny flower buds were forming.


The only free window I had by patio doors leading to the deck
is constantly blowing air around it, but 
it does not mind and continues to bloom. 
 I thought they liked draft free locations,
 did not like being moved around the house and to increase watering when blooms appear.


I have not done one of these suggestions;
but it is blooming with these gorgeous hot pink flowers.

If you need a flower fix, then visit Tootsie Time
for Fertilizer Friday.

Take care and thanks for stopping by for a visit!!





20 comments:

Denise said...

Stunning close-ups. This Christmas Cactus is such a beautiful color.

Alison said...

Very pretty pictures of your Christmas cactus. I had a couple several years ago, but had to give them away when we moved. I should get another. Love the color of yours!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Nice Clicks!

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Mm, so beautiful flowers.. colours are very nice ))

Leslie said...

The pictures are beautiful.. Looks like it's perfectly happy with the care you've been giving it. I wouldn't change a thing.. :)

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Jen
Christmas cactus is one plant I never have luck with. Yours is pretty, thanks for sharing.
Judith

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Gorgeous colour of hot pink.

Sheila said...

I think your mother in law is back for a mid February visit. It seems she's enjoying the smile on your face as you marvel at the February blooms on her Christmas cactus. Once a friend dropped off a mother in law tongue plant as they were leaving town. I moved it to 3 different areas of BC in the next 15 years and it always had between 5 to 10 long leaves. When we moved to within a mile an a half of my mother in law it thrived, bloomed once, and has grown to 10 times the size in the past 16 years.

Deborah Jean said...

Simply Beautiful! Wonderful photography!
Dandelion wishes,
Deborah Jean

Darla said...

My luck with this plant is nil too. It's beautiful, you are doing something right.

p3chandan said...

Such gorgeous pink blooms from a cactus I havent seen before. Great shots of them too!

Lorrie said...

Gorgeous color. I have a Christmas cactus that bloomed in November, but not nearly as prettily as yours has.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a treat to have it blooming now. It must be happy where it is. It has lovely pink blooms. Great macro shots! Have a wonderful weekend!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Amazing!

Mary Lou said...

Gorgeous, Jen. I've never tried to grow one. I love the detail in the last photo.
Have a good weekend.

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

It does have such a nice colour. Mine is in bloom now too the poor sometimes neglected thing.

Marydon said...

I so love these plants but that color is my favorite. I never worried about them being tempermental, mine adjusted.

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Sall's Country Life said...

Amazing close-up shot!! Christmas cactus is one houseplant I do well with, they really don't need much care!

Crafty Gardener said...

Amazing macro photos of your Christmas Cactus. I just took some more photos of mine in bloom.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love Christmas Cactus, but have never been able to get them to bloom. I'm jealous you got your to bloom "without trying". Yours is just stunning and the photos capture it perfectly.