Thanksgiving cactus

Midland, Michigan
February 19, 2021 9:48am CST
I wonder what my specific cactus would be called in other countries unless they are mostly sold and grown for the USA. My particular cactus is called a Thanksgiving cactus because of the shape of the leaves And because they begin grown in November. There are ones knows as Christmas and Easter cacti too all with differently shaped leaves and starting their growth cycle at those times of the year. Mine bloomed November into January and it's beginning to bloom again. I hope to get pictures of it's current journey as it looks like I'm might have the whole plant blooming for the first time since it was very small. Crazy shared a link with me on the best way to water these plants when they are blooming and since I've been following that my plant has done so much better than previous years when I barely watered it at all. The large photo shows a portion of them plant that is blooming the insert shows a portion that is beginning to bud. I'm hoping as the blooms and bus get bigger that another section will begin to bud so the whole plants blooms for a change.
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@snowy22315 (108298)
• United States
19 Feb
It's pretty. I have seen those. I had no idea they were called Thanksgiving cactuses.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
More common term is Christmas cactus because they start selling them before Christmas. I've always called mine that too even though I knew it wasn't the same.
@DianneN (219650)
• United States
19 Feb
It looks great! I know zip about them.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
I found that after having this one for many years that I knew zip about them too. So don't feel bad. Are you back home now or still in Vermont, I'll go look.
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@DianneN (219650)
• United States
19 Feb
@MarshaMusselman We are still up in Vermont. I don't know when we will return to CT. It's so much fun up here.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
@DianneN week glad you're having so much fun. Might as well enjoy the snow.
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@moonandstars (46777)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
19 Feb
it's a special one, i feel.
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• Midland, Michigan
20 Feb
Any plant that your can help grow is special.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
21 Feb
@MarshaMusselman wisely said.
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• Midland, Michigan
23 Feb
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@CarolDM (117930)
• Nashville, Tennessee
19 Feb
I love the blooms on this one, never had one before.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
I've had several. This is lasting the longest for me probably because I became determined to water it at least weekly. In the past I've only had half the plant bloom if I was lucky. Now I'm going the whole plant blooms or at least three forths of it and that it lasts until around Easter.
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@CarolDM (117930)
• Nashville, Tennessee
19 Feb
@MarshaMusselman It is very pretty.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
@CarolDM thanks, I've always enjoyed them. They come in a few different colors.
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@vandana7 (79604)
• India
19 Feb
Cactuses look exotic when they bloom, right? Really nice...does the flower open or does it remain in bud shape all the time.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
It opens and sometimes has several blooms hooked together before they begin dying off. I hope to show the progression as each step unfolds.
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@vandana7 (79604)
• India
19 Feb
@MarshaMusselman Please do.
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@much2say (47158)
• Los Angeles, California
19 Feb
We have this one too - and in the same color! We propagated some last March - and while they were still small by November, we were surprised a bloom of two came out of some of them. I hope you get many blooms on yours!!
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• Midland, Michigan
20 Feb
They'll bloom even when they're small.
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@much2say (47158)
• Los Angeles, California
20 Feb
@MarshaMusselman I didn't know that would happen!!
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@BelleStarr (57712)
• United States
20 Feb
It pretty much looks like a Christmas cactus to me.
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• Midland, Michigan
20 Feb
It's basically the same thing. It's the structure of the leaves that make it a Thanksgiving one. I still call or a Christmas cactus as that's easiest.
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@rebelann (82053)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Feb
I thought they were called the Christmas Cactus. I don't have one so I don't rightly know.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
I think generally speaking they are called that but I was told by a member that mine was actually a Thanksgiving cactus and once I checked out the leaves for each I found that to be true.
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• Kenya
19 Feb
@marshaMusselman Not really
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
Ok.
• Kenya
19 Feb
@marshaMusselman thanks it looks beautiful. And I never knew their name.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Feb
You're welcome. Have you seen these before?
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• Preston, England
19 Feb
beautiful - great name for the cacti too
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