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Cacti Bloom A Little Early

I brought all of my flowering Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti in the first week of October and now my upstairs foyer is full of color!   Everything outside has lost its beauty since the leaves are gone and we’ve had so many frosts and freezes!  The beauty inside is grand!

Cutting down on the houseplant stock

Back in late summer I decided that I had to get rid of some of my houseplants.  I had about 50 different colors of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter cacti, herbs, orchids, violets and ivy’s.  I picked out one of each color for myself and re-potted the rest as I divided them for two friends that love plants as much as I do.    Here’s a few:

Violets

Violets

Orchids

Orchids

Burro tail

Burro tail

Lemon & mango trees

Lemon & mango trees

More orchids

More orchids

Goosefoot fern

Goosefoot fern

Jade plant

Jade plant

Jade and shamrocks, purple and green

Jade and shamrocks, purple and green

Swinging table covered with cacti, begonia, and more.

Swinging table covered with cacti, begonia, and more.

More cacti

More cacti

DSCN5382 DSCN5380 DSCN5378The list goes on and on and something had to give plus the fact that my daughter and husband gave me several hanging basket throughout the spring and summer that I wanted to save.  They included these beauties:

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Pinks, reds and white begonias.

Pinks, reds and white begonias.

Fushcia

Fuchsia

I had one problem!  I re-potted most of the cacti in topsoil instead of potting mix and left them out in our summer rains.  I’m not sure how the one’s the girls did but mine started dying because I could not get the water out of the pots.  During my winter break from the college I re-potted as many of what I kept in good potting soil and they’re starting to show life again and are blooming.  I learned my lesson, don’t use topsoil and do use potting soil or garden soil if you are trying to save your plants.  I have a great start for 2015!!

My cactus was moved the week before Christmas after all of their bloom dropped off and this is what they look like now!

Blooming beauties in January!

Blooming beauties in January!