I picked up starts for Christmas Cactus a number of years ago from a friend. A start is merely a ‘leaf’ from a plant. Not knowing anything about these, but that I coveted such a pretty flowering plant, I acquired ‘leaves’ from 4 separate and different colored flowering specimens. Needless to say, not all survived. But the ones that did take root have given me great joy, as they flower in the early winter when everything outdoors has ‘given up the ghost’ for the season here in the Pacific Northwest.
This sturdy plant hangs in a southwest facing room at the back of the house. Yes, I forget to water it sometimes, specially when I get busy outdoors in the warm season. Then I remember that this is a succulent and doesn’t mind drying out between waterings – as long as I don’t let it dry out too much! It does not want to be forgotten, just like the rest of us.
A teeny-tiny bathroom is the home of this beauty. It was a challenge to photograph because there was so little room to move, and the incoming daylight was difficult to adjust for. I lowered the shade, but there is still strange colored light. This plant has definitely found its home. Its funny (to me) how similar plants fare so differently in various exposures, like in windowsills around the house.