Christmas Cactus in Esschert Pot

A stunning Christmas cactus flower bloomed on cue

A stunning Christmas cactus flower bloomed on cue

My Christmas cactus in an aged ceramic blue and white Esschert planter was kind enough to bloom on cue this year.

Pink and white Christmas cactus flower stands out against blue and white Esschert design planter

Pink and white Christmas cactus flower stands out against blue and white planter

Granted, there are only three flowers on my Christmas cactus this year, two of which are still buds, but I’ll gratefully accept whatever it offers up. This first flower was just opening up on Christmas day, and lasted for about one week.

Esschert design oblong planter with blooming Christmas cactus

Esschert pot with blooming Christmas cactus

This Christmas cactus was a hostess gift to me over ten years ago when I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner. After a couple of years, I found this aged ceramic blue and white Esschert design oblong planter at Tuesday Morning and repotted the Christmas cactus in it.

Blue and white Esschert design pot with Christmas cactus flower

Blue and white Esschert design pot with Christmas cactus flower

This Christmas cactus has thrived ever since. The narrow oblong shape of this blue and white planter shown is perfect for a narrow ledge where I normally keep it above my kitchen sink.  You can find similar blue and white ceramic Esschert design pots here and here on Amazon. In my book, a flowering Christmas cactus in a similar pot would make a much-appreciated hostess gift every time. I’ve found that Christmas cacti typically are hardy and low-maintenance.

A gorgeous pink flower against its planter's aged ceramic blue and white background

A gorgeous pink flower against its planter’s aged ceramic blue and white background

Right now, the days are gray and short and the nights are long and cold, so this Christmas cactus flower’s bright pink and exotic-looking bloom is an especially welcome sight.

Because squirrels love to eat Christmas cactus, I keep mine inside.

Because squirrels love to eat Christmas cactus, I keep mine inside.

I took this photo outside (notice the purple sun flare on the right), but these days I don’t leave my Christmas cactus outside unattended. In summers past, my mom and I each have left our Christmas cacti outside on our back decks, only to find that at the end of just one day, the entire plant has been eaten by squirrels. Tequila is made from cactus juice, and I love tequila, so I guess that I can sort of relate to the squirrels…speaking of tequila, I think I’ll go have a margarita while I admire the stunning flower on my Christmas cactus!

–G

 

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