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Christmas Cactus

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Christmas cacti need special care now, in mid autumn, to be able to produce flowers in December. Buds will form when temperatures are between 10-15 Celsius degree (50-60 F), or if the plant is exposed to at least 13 hours of complete darkness each night. Putting them in a spare room will worth the extra effort it may take for the spectacular display of pink or red blooms depending on the cultivar, that is sure to follow.

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Once the flowers are starting to show you must avoid moving the plant from it’s place and try to maintain the optimum temperature, else it will loose the flowers and all the wait and effort will prove to be useless.

If you give the right treatment to the Christmas cacti you will have it as companion for 15 to 20 years. Find a place for it on a suspended shelf so you can admire it’s pendent port, in a place with strong light but away from direct sun, preferably near a North window.

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Crassula

Crassula is a well known succulent that we grow indoor or under glass. The most common variety Crassula arborescens is also known as Silver jade plant. It loves full light and grow well in a standard cactus compost. From spring to autumn apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly and water moderately. In winter just water sparingly.

Crassula prefer a dried air and if you want to grow a little faster you will have to transplant it every spring in a bit bigger pot.

You can propagate Crassula from seeds sow at 15-18 Celsius degree (59-64 F) in early spring, but the fasted way is to root stem or leaf cuttings almost all year long but specially from spring to summer. If the atmosphere is too dry is develop aerial roots and this makes the rooting process even easier.

For the leaf cutting propagation you need to remove a healthy, firm, fleshy leaf by carefully pulling it away from the parent plant. Usually it should break off the base, with a small piece of stem attached. If it doesn't just sever the leaves with a sharp knife with a small piece of stem attached to the base of each one.

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