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The holiday cactus are so forgiving in their maintenance and if you are lucky will ‘gift’ you flowers twice a year. Or in the case of mine which is going through a bit of confusion may share flowers for 6 months.
A while back I had come across a post somewhere that what we all think are Christmas cactus are really Thanksgiving cactus. So off I went to find out more information.
The most visible difference is mainly in the leafy segments. Thanksgiving cactus have toothed or claw-like edges on the segments. Christmas cactus are more rounded.
Looking at the specimen I have at work (safe from kitty tasting), the toothy, claw-like edges looked right back at me. True to Thanksgiving Cactus form.
Now mine was a poor plant I saved from a couple jobs ago so I don’t know how it was labeled when bought. The original “grandmother” to the plant I have now was a sickly thing, completely root bound in its original pot and never watered or given light. Taken, re-potted and loved, I was able to replant several segments and gift a “daughter” or three to friends. Then when the original was too ill to carry on, I snagged a few segments from a daughter to grow the beauty I have today. They are very easy to propagate.
Regardless of what they are called, its still a joy when they finally bloom.