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brazuca

I’ve had my Christmas cactus for 4 years now and it blooms a lot every year.


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jmpjmp

Amaryllis: We bought a fairly expensive collection of a dozen different amaryllis from the famous White Flower Farm in Connecticut (they have mail order). They were all exotic and magnificent. I followed their included directions for keeping these plants alive year after year, and we have enjoyed them now for some 15 years or more. A huge bargain in the long run. Tip: when picking out amaryllis plants at a garden center or store, look for multiple stalks and you will get more flowers (obviously, but few people think to do this). Don't go by the pretty picture on the box: check the plant out yourself.

Paperwhites: I didn't love the odor initially but now I rather like it, but you need to expect it. They really are beautiful. . . and very sophisticated if you are into that.

Christmas cactus: We had a huge Christmas cactus for many years, but finally lost it a few years ago. It bloomed beautifully and regularly . . . every Thanksgiving! "Christmas is coming!"

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Sandra

When I converted my front yard landscape to a water-wise garden, I pulled up all the cyclamens. I thought they were thirsty plants and would never make it. Well, I missed one plant. I tried and tried to remove it, but was never 100% successful. It clearly thrives on abuse because it's more beautiful than ever. and adds a nice splash of winter color to the garden. After reading here that they don't mind dry spots, I think I'll add some more to my water-wise garden.

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