Tale of a Hawarthiopsis

I discovered a white, sun-deprived pup in the bottom of a rootbound haworthiopsis.

I had intended to document the pup’s growth and recovery. I took several photos showing its transition from white to green.  Unfortunately, while it was growing strong, it met an untimely demise. In the end, I realize I wasn’t that diligent in my picture taking.

The following is a short slideshow of how it fared. Click or tap for larger images.



Schlumbergera, Not bah humberera

Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti are plants of the genus Schlumbergera, a sub-classification of the family Cactaceae (which includes all cacti). These late bloomers are great to keep some color during the cooler seasons, as they generally bloom close to the holiday for which they are named.

These holiday cacti aren’t quite the same as typical ground-dwelling desert cacti. They are actually epiphytes—they grow symbiotically on other trees in tropical forests in south-eastern Brazil.

Holiday cacti are flowering plants that have flattened leaf-like stem pads, which grow from the tips of each other in a chain. The pads have areole notches along the sides and at the tips. They have been cultivated to produce white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple flowers that sprout from the areoles.

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