‘Tis The Season, Almost’
Kim Bagby, VCE Master Gardener Intern, Virginia Master Naturalist Considering how much I enjoy my houseplants, you’d think I’d be a better caretaker of them. Spoiler alert: I’m not that great at it. But I try. I have a handful of houseplants that I’ve had for decades. One of them is what I thought was a Christmas Cactus, and it took what I thought was fatal damage one frigid night in Iowa in a cross-country move. While it collapsed after the freeze, I managed to save enough of its parts to re-root some and it’s growing again. But while it flowers regularly enough, it hasn’t ever made it to Christmas to do so. Turns out it isn’t a Christmas Cactus at all, it’s a Thanksgiving Cactus, Schlumbergera truncata.