Many of you may be familiar with schumbergera which I'll just call chanukah cactus, as that's the holiday we'll be celebrating soon! My little cactus is in full bloom, giving us so much joy! I bought this plant several weeks ago, and while I could see that it was from last year's left overs, it was full of buds, and I couldn't resist. I'm so happy that I wasn't picky about the condition of the plant, as I'm loving the extra color it brings to our living room, and looking forward to coaxing it to bloom again next year.
And after I finished this starburst crocheted blanket last winter, I never thought I'd have something else that matches, but look, those bright pinks are pretty close!
The other really amazing thing is that this plant has blooms in multiple colors! The first set of blooms, from about two weeks ago were more coral color, as you can see here, and now they're just about as pink as any flower can get. We were so amazed when the flowers opened and revealed this bright pink pistil!
Multiple colors of flowers on a schumbergera is even something you can do at home if you have several plants, by cross polenating them! Simply take that lovely little pink pistil and rub it into the stamen, (the yellow pollen portions of a flower) of a different colored flower. Come next year the new flower will be the color of the pollen that you introduced it to! That simple, really!
Okay, this means that I really must find some more schumbergera to purchase and try it myself, right? Many people love this plant, that is really not a cactus at all, but a hybrid of a plant found in the rain forrests of Brazil, and propogates just like a succulent, meaning you can easily make more plants. Love it! Oh, and when you cut off a stem and root it, that stem can flower just the next year, heaven. And great little gifts, don't you think?
Oh, and before I leave you, here are a few important tips for caring for your schumbergera: