In respect to this, what are the three types of Christmas cactus?
As I later learned from my good friend George Hochmuth, professor emeritus, University of Florida, there are actually three different holiday cacti: the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) and the Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri).
Likewise, how do I know what kind of Christmas cactus I have?
The difference between the three cacti is found in the shape of the leaves. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumgera truncata) has very pointed and claw shaped projections on the edges of the leaf. The Christmas cactus (Schlumgera bridgesti) has leaf projections which are more scalloped or tear drop shaped.
What is the rarest Christmas cactus?
Red Aspen Christmas Cactus
Some gardeners prefer single Christmas Cactus such as ‘Red Aspen. ‘ This rare hybrid is highly sought-after for its frilly, reddish-purple blooms. Its resilience and adaptability to the home environment makes ‘Red Aspen’ a great gift for the new gardener.
The Christmas cactus is most often grown as a houseplant and blooms in a wide range of colors from the traditional red to purple, pink, orange, gold and white.
When to Repot Christmas Cactus
Most plants are best repotted when they display new growth in spring, but Christmas cactus repotting should be done after blooming ends and the flowers have wilted in late winter or early spring. Never attempt to repot the plant while it is actively blooming.
Christmas cactus has a bloom cycle of dormancy, water, light and temperature. Cut back on how much you water your Christmas cactus during late fall, from October to the middle of November. Let the top two or three inches of soil dry out between waterings.
Easter cacti bloom in spring, starting to reveal flower buds in February and flowering from March through May. Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti bloom in late fall or winter, with Thanksgiving varieties typically blooming a month earlier than the Christmas ones.