November 2017 - Schlumbergera truncata

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Re: November 2017 - Schlumbergera truncata

Post by DaveW » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:54 pm

For growing S. truncata see:-

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ ... rcode=b669

The link below is for UK, you obviously need to adjust the months to your own summer/winter seasons.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=840

The hardest Schlumbergera's to grow and often obtain in the UK are Schlumbergera epiphylloides and it's variety bradei, you also can find it under the genus Hatiora and the name lutea.

There is a Translate Box on the right of the link below that will translate into many languages.

https://rhipsalisbrasil.blogspot.co.uk/ ... lutea.html

http://worldofsucculents.com/hatiora-ep ... es-bradei/

S. microsphericus is also not that common, at least in the UK. It has very tiny joints with areoles and spines on them like Schlumbergera opuntioides which it is related to. It does not grow in the rain forest like S. opuntioides, but higher up near the top of the mountain above the treeline, growing in cooler open grassy country and with me seems to stand cold fairly well, though I have rotted it off at the base a couple of times and managed to start it from a single tiny joint again, so prefers a well drained soil.

Also a translate box on this link.

https://rhipsalisbrasil.blogspot.co.uk/ ... lumbergera

Scrolling down the above link they include Rhipsalidopsis rosea in Schlumbergera. You will note the illustration with multi-angled instead of the flat padded stems most of us are used to. Backeberg actually gave this form a name in his Die Cactaceae, but I can't remember it at the moment, though one Continental nurseryman sells it as "terrestrial form", meaning it often grows on moss covered rocks or soil as well as trees.

I am sure most of you are familiar with this YouTube video showing the conditions in which S. truncata grows in habitat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7jYUxglNWY

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Re: November 2017 - Schlumbergera truncata

Post by DaveW » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:00 pm

I found these on Christmas cacti.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maa5cMZ_GWM

How the Dutch grow them commercially. They don't mess about with them like we do. The plants are a lot tougher than we think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhU99wSSVwo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71s-iD0gEXc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGE69FbxD_g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2UM0Z_R37w

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Re: November 2017 - Schlumbergera truncata

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Re: November 2017 - Schlumbergera truncata

Post by DaveW » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:34 pm

Found this interesting video on YouTube, which shows the altitude the various Schlumbergera's grow at, with S. microspherica highest up out of the rain forest near the top of the mountain in that rocky grassy territory shown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQCZ9wRpvfA

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Re: November 2017 - Schlumbergera truncata

Post by Ivan C » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:54 pm

DaveW wrote:Found this interesting video on YouTube, which shows the altitude the various Schlumbergera's grow ...
Nice video, Dave. Thank-you. Simple and well explained. I, for some reason, have a tough time with Schlumbergera.

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