Christmas cactus or holiday cactus? There are those that swear that botanically there is a difference and that only certain of the zygocacti will bloom at Christmas. I am not as certain of that fact, particularly this year.
This year, this is the first of my zygocacti to bloom. In prior years, it was always the second. My oldest “Christmas cactus” is usually the first to bloom. This year, it is just barely beginning to bud. I may not have blooms for Christmas. And it never moves from its spot.
This is always the latest of my blooming zygocacti. Not only does it not bloom for Christmas , but it doesn’t bloom for New Year’s either. What, then, botanically, does that make it, pray tell? A Valentine’s Day cactus?
And then there is this little zygocacti, which may bloom early or may bloom late, depending on the year. Surely it doesn’t change botanically.
So you can see why I find it hard to believe that there are truly “Christmas ” cactI out there that are botanically different. Maybe they just don’t sell them in my part of the country .