After sharing with you the first buds on my schlumbergera, I'm now happy to share with you some of the first blooms! Of course there are many many buds just waiting to open, so I am happy to say that this shabbat we'll be enjoying a lovely burst of color in the middle of our living room! If you don't own a schlumbergera, I'd highly recommend adding one to your home, as the winter blooms are just stunning, and the whole bud to bloom process is so very exciting.
My plant, who has both red and magenta blooms, is steadily growing had a bit of a set back this past Fall when a curtain rod fell on him thus breaking some major stalks, sigh, so while not symmetrical at the moment, he is still truly lovely and we're so happy to have him as a part of our little jungle. Happy container gardening!
Oh, and just by the way, these cactuses can actually get quite large and live for a very long time. I just read a story about one that is 111 years old! What a fun family legacy, you could even start one yourself with that in mind, just make sure to teach your kids or much younger family member to love plants so that they'll take over caring for that cactus!