This stunning blossom is on a Christmas Cactus that was my mother's.
She had this plant for a few years and it never bloomed...
that is, until 2007 - the year she died.
I brought the plant home with me and it bloomed again in 2008.
This week it began to bloom again and it makes me so happy to see it.
Christmas Cactus are not easy bloomers.
It takes some care to get them to bloom
January - Flowering.
February to March - Resting (55 degrees, infrequent watering).
April to May - Water thoroughly when potting mix begins to dry out.
June to August - Place outdoors in a shady spot.
September to October - Plant prepares to flower. Reduce length daylight hours. Keep on the dry side and cool (55 to 60 degrees F) until flower buds form. Then increase water and temperature.
November to December - Flowering. Water normally. Temperature no less than 55 degrees F.