There is a difference between a Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

There is a difference between a Thanksgiving  and Christmas cactus!


I was surprised to find my Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata)   blooming this past weekend! But the weather is cooler and they thrive and bloom when it’s cooler.


In case you didn’t know there is a difference between the Thanksgiving cactus and the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii). The difference lies in the shape of the stem segments! The flattened stem segments are called phylloclades. The stem segments on the Thanksgiving cactus each have 2-4 saw-toothed serrations. They are rounded on the Christmas cactus.


Since the Thanksgiving cactus likes cooler temperatures I’m optimistic about keeping it blooming for the next 7-8 weeks. It’s beginning to feel like the holidays!


P.S.  If having a new home is on your Christmas list, just call Dorie Dillard. Whether you need to buy or sell a NW Austin area home, I can help!


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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I love the fact that Mother Nature gives us two choices; one for Thanksgiving and the other for Christmas. They are such a beautiful plant and a great gift to give during this time of the year too!

Nov 05, 2014 12:05 AM #18
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Very pretty.  I hope it keeps blooming through the season. 

Nov 05, 2014 12:27 AM #19
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Always something to learn, DOrie...thank you for sharing this!

Nov 05, 2014 01:35 AM #20
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dorie, who knew?? Not me! However, ANYTIME one of my cacti bloom I am thrilled. I sometimes forget to give the one upstairs water, so better go do that right now!

Nov 05, 2014 01:42 AM #21
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie, I was reading Barbara Todaro's re-blog of your post, and how for 25 years she thought she had a Christmas Cactus up until she read this blog.  So you helped to clear up a 25 year old mystery of why her cactus was blooming every year at Thanksgiving in stead of Christmas :)

Nov 05, 2014 02:42 AM #22
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi R & A: I never knew there were two different varieties!

Hi Sharon: Yes it is!

Hi Joanna: I love them all year long too!

Hi Patricia: Mother Nature has so many tricks up her sleeve.

Hi Belinda: It usually does every year!

Hi Ginny: My pleasure!

Hi Gayle: It might be blooming who knows!

Hi George: The mystery is solved!

Nov 05, 2014 03:12 AM #23
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: I was unaware there were two types of this I do. My learning here in the Rain continues!

Nov 05, 2014 07:21 AM #24
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Ms. Dorie Dillard you made this up!!! LOL, I have never in all my plant growin days have heard of a Thanksgiving cactus!

Nov 05, 2014 07:39 AM #25
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good evening Dorie. Although I purchased my cactus last Christmas, it is ready to start blooming soon. I thought it had to do with the light.

Nov 05, 2014 07:49 AM #26
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Anita: I never knew there were 2 types!

Hi Marco..Google it Marco..there is!

Hi Michael: I thought it was my green thumb!

Nov 05, 2014 08:05 AM #27
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the Thanksgiving cactus and the Christmas Cactus lesson.

Today, our minds were on chrysanthemums. Dolores and I went to the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens.

Nov 05, 2014 09:21 AM #28
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Roy: Good thing to have your minds on! Glad you enjoyed the Festival!

Nov 05, 2014 10:33 AM #29
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Dortie --  I love Thanksgiving... so I won't be looking for anything Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving.

Nov 05, 2014 11:27 AM #30
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie I had no idea, clearly we only had two cool days in the past sixty.... and now we are back with a heat wave...I wonder what that would do to the Thanksgiving Cactus?:) Endre

Nov 05, 2014 01:45 PM #31
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Good morning Dorie, I didn't know the difference between Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful dry Thursday.

Nov 05, 2014 07:03 PM #32
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Dorie. Thank you the learning you shared this morning. No wonder all our plants are in bloom right now.

Nov 05, 2014 07:38 PM #33
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Dorie, thank you for helping with my ignorance as I didn't even know about either variety of Cactus.  (Are there any Easter cacti or is it cactuses?)

Nov 05, 2014 07:38 PM #34
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Joan: Good than are you going to get a Thanksgiving Cactus?

Hi Endre: Let it have some natural sunlight!

Hi Bob: Thank you! I think the rain has stopped!

Hi Gabe: Believe it or not there is an Easter Cactus!

Nov 05, 2014 08:01 PM #35
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

We always had a Christmas Cactus when I was growing up--at least I think that's what it was.  

Nov 06, 2014 04:39 AM #36
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I came over from Barbara's post about yours. I did not know there were two types of these cactus'. Like Barbara I thought they were all Christmas cactus'. 

Nov 08, 2014 12:57 AM #37
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