Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Quilter with a Green Thumb - My Christmas Cactus is Blooming!

I was given this Christmas Cactus last fall (2010) from a friend.  
She was bringing her plants in for the winter and had several cuttings from her Christmas Cactus and shared it with me.  She said it probably wouldn't bloom for awhile as it was just repotted. 
She also mentioned that it was probably too much light up in the window and it would not have enough dark hours.  I liked it up there and it looked pretty as a green plant. I watered and cared for it for a year as a pretty little green plant.  I enjoyed it even if wasn't going to bloom.  That was OK with me!
The first week of December, I noticed that there were little pink buds on the tips of the plant.  Cool!  It was going to bloom!
This was the first bloom.  
It was cool ...but I didn't remember what the blossoms looked like. I thought that was the bloom, but later that day it opened up more!


 



 There are more buds.  More blooms to come. It may be in full bloom by Christmas!
I am not sure if I have a green thumb.  I think it is the weekly watering and the south window.
  
My Christmas Cactus makes me smile. 
May you enjoy all the blooms in your life...
Marcia


Linked with:
A Southern Daydreamer: Outdoor Wednesday - Dec. 14, 2011
Tootsie Time: Fertilizer Friday - Dec. 16, 2011
Lisa's Chaos: Macro Monday - Dec. 19, 2011
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14 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

You have a happy plant - very rare for it to bloom with a first cutting planting. Just loaded with happy buds.

Snoodles said...

That is amazing...so beautiful. I have a black thumb...the only flowers I can grow are fabric ones on my quilts! LOL

Belinda said...

That is lovely. I just love Christmas Cactus plants. They bring a smile to a dark time of the year. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Love Of Quilts said...

I would call that a blessing...you loved it....so it bloomed for you. Trish

Pieces to Love said...

Very pretty. I don't think I have ever seen a Christmas cactus bloom. I had one, once, it didn't make it 6 months...

Andrea said...

Congratulations for the fruits of your labor! It is always "happiness", when something like that happens! I also like those cactus, but our hot weather might not be good for it. Christmas cactus are short day plants, meaning they need critical long nights to flower. So during Christmas time they are primed and got what they need, so they bloomed. The 'green thumb' thing is only a phrase given when they don't know the reason. Whatever the plant needs, you give them, and you will get the 'green thumb'. LOL. BTW, i envy your diligence and dedication in quilting, they are beautiful.

Tina´s PicStory said...

lovely flowers :)

NellJean said...

It's lovely. That's the Christmas Cactus I knew as a child. If you look closely, it has pink stamens. The ones in stores now have yellow stamens.

Beth said...

What a nice surprise! It's really pretty.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Very pretty! My thumb is black as can be.

Linda Makiej said...

I keep mine in a south widow too! Fantastic shots!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

wow, blooming right on que!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Well now...you proved HER wrong didn't you?!!! It's stunning.

THE GREEN THING [and some red too]

Em S said...

Beautiful blooms! I've never been successful at having a winter cactus bloom!