Plants in my Apartment – Christmas (Holiday) cactus

This week’s plant is the Christmas cactus. The plants we think of when we hear Christmas cacti are actually three different species of cacti, the Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, and Easter cactus, known collectively as holiday cacti. Holiday cacti are native to the forests of South America and were brought to Spain by returning explorers …

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Plants in my Apartment – Grafted Cactus

As far as I remember (which is not very far at the moment) my first houseplants were cacti. As a child I was fascinated by their odd shapes, colors, and spines. Unfortunately I didn’t understand that their water requirements were a bit different than the normal houseplant, and in my zeal for taking care of …

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