MORRISONS Plant of The Week, is an "Easter Flowering Cactus"
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MORRISONS Plant of The Week, is an "Easter Flowering Cactus"

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LocalFound 21st Mar 2016
These are £6 each in B&Q as a comparison, they are available in Morrisons in lots of colours and have loads of flower buds which will bloom in time for Easter weekend. A really unusual houseplant, at a bargain price.
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I will be honest and admit I had to look up the full care instructions for these plants, so I have included them below, if followed they should flower again next year.

Temperature: Temperature: The tropical Hatiora gaertneri prefers spring, summer, and fall temperatures around 75-80°F (24-27°C). Winter temperatures should be between 45-6°5F (7-18°C) only.
Light: This tropical cacti likes bright partial light only. It should never be exposed to full sunlight or midday sunlight.
Watering: Soil should be kept constantly moist, but never soggy. Do not allow water to sit in the dish underneath.
Soil: Due to its natural growing environment being on rocks or trees, this cactus requires rough soil to grow well. A 1:1 mixture of potting soil to pumice, tree bark, or perlite is required. Pumice is preferred.
Fertilizer: The Easter cactus prefers fertilization every 14 days. Use a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer, and dilute to half strength. Do not fertilize during resting period.
Re-Potting: Never re-pot during the bloom or following resting period. Re-pot by removing only the loose soil around the roots. Transfer immediately to a size larger pot and pack in with appropriate soil.
Humidity: Hatiora gaertneri requires a humid environment to survive. The plant should be misted with a sprayer daily, even during the rest period, to simulate the needed humidity.
Propagation: Any segment at least 3 inches long can be used for propagation. Allow the cutting to harden for at least 48 hours. Plant the small end of the segment in shallow, moist perlite. Rooting occurs between 3-4 weeks.
thanks for sharing this
shylass

thanks for sharing this


Nearly didn't as I wasn't sure exactly how to look after them, but seems fairly straightforward, also at £1.33 I'll just be happy if it flowers for a month now. I didn't even know an "Easter cactus " was a proper plant name until I came home and looked it up (_;)
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It's a great price......
I don't live anywhere near Morrisons; which pleases my husband greatly because I already have well over a 100 houseplants, which apparently is more than enough ..... lol X)
Edited by: "deleted1416210" 21st Mar 2016
thanks for sharing op good bargain
I bought a pink one of these from Aldi 2 years ago, it has been in flower ever since!, just dead head them regularly, beautiful mine is on a kitchen window ledge x
PrincessJellybean

It's a great price...... I don't live anywhere near Morrisons; which … It's a great price...... I don't live anywhere near Morrisons; which pleases my husband greatly because I already have well over a 100 houseplants, which apparently is more than enough ..... lol X)


I think you might find you have inadvertently moved into a greenhouse instead of a regular house
karen3boysxxx

I bought a pink one of these from Aldi 2 years ago, it has been in flower … I bought a pink one of these from Aldi 2 years ago, it has been in flower ever since!, just dead head them regularly, beautiful mine is on a kitchen window ledge x


That's good to hear, i wasn't too sure how easy cactus were to keep flowering
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tinkerbellian

I think you might find you have inadvertently moved into a greenhouse … I think you might find you have inadvertently moved into a greenhouse instead of a regular house


It has got a little out of hand now
I have appalling growing conditions in my house; low light levels most of the time (Scotland) and my atmosphere is very dry due to 2 dehumidifiers; which is the opposite to what the majority of plants want... but somehow I am keeping most of them alive.
tinkerbellian

That's good to hear, i wasn't too sure how easy cactus were to keep … That's good to hear, i wasn't too sure how easy cactus were to keep flowering



​if you "treat them mean" during the winter/resting period (normally around September time I start) by not watering them (they are cacti so can go without water for some time) Then about a month before you want them to flower just wake them up with some water and a little plant food. Works for me every time - got 4 of them dotted around the house, I get 2 to flower for Christmas and 2 for easter. The key to getting a great display of flowers for months is to give them the dormant /dry period that they would get in the wild.
bullymong

​if you "treat them mean" during the winter/resting period (normally a … ​if you "treat them mean" during the winter/resting period (normally around September time I start) by not watering them (they are cacti so can go without water for some time) Then about a month before you want them to flower just wake them up with some water and a little plant food. Works for me every time - got 4 of them dotted around the house, I get 2 to flower for Christmas and 2 for easter. The key to getting a great display of flowers for months is to give them the dormant /dry period that they would get in the wild.


Thank you
PrincessJellybean

It's a great price...... I don't live anywhere near Morrisons; which … It's a great price...... I don't live anywhere near Morrisons; which pleases my husband greatly because I already have well over a 100 houseplants, which apparently is more than enough ..... lol X)



​I have 4 big plants, terracotta and yulk or whatever lol. I prefer lidl house plants. they are well huge
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sofiasar

​I have 4 big plants, terracotta and yulk or whatever lol. I prefer lidl h … ​I have 4 big plants, terracotta and yulk or whatever lol. I prefer lidl house plants. they are well huge


I have found the quality of the plants at Lidl to be excellent, and very good value. I bought a couple of succulents from there a few years back and they are still going strong, I actually had to cut them down, because they were growing too fast for the space I have.
My plants have come from everywhere, but most of them were bought online because I don't live near any shops and I don't have a car.
I even bought a cheese plant online last year and it survived the post X)
cheers op, added to shopping list for this week

MORRISONS Plant of The Week



I vote for the guy that works on till 2.
Ego-X

I vote for the guy that works on till 2.


An interesting choice, I was heading more in the direction of the guy that runs the self service tills ( he's new and never speaks )
I'd feel a bit of a **** grabbing one of these.
Insert p r i c k for the stars .
soldierboy001

Insert p r i c k for the stars .



The line above is the catalyst to so many jokes I'm not actually sure where to start.
Ego-X

The line above is the catalyst to so many jokes I'm not actually sure … The line above is the catalyst to so many jokes I'm not actually sure where to start.





A to Z?
Ego-X

The line above is the catalyst to so many jokes I'm not actually sure … The line above is the catalyst to so many jokes I'm not actually sure where to start.


Well thank you for bringing my post in to disrepute lads , kindly move along now ....(_;)
tinkerbellian

Well thank you for bringing my post in to disrepute lads , kindly move … Well thank you for bringing my post in to disrepute lads , kindly move along now ....(_;)



You girls ... :P
Could have been worse could have been tinkerbellend!
omendata

Could have been worse could have been tinkerbellend!


I'm sorry, is a random insult from someone I don't know supposed to be amusing ? Do enlighten me. oO
tinkerbellian

I'm sorry, is a random insult from someone I don't know supposed to be … I'm sorry, is a random insult from someone I don't know supposed to be amusing ? Do enlighten me. oO





From someone who has been on this site for three and a half months you seem to have little grasp of the humour on this site, stick around and you may learn otherwise get another hobby.
How does it know when Easter is?
Jefft

How does it know when Easter is?





Digital technology.
soldierboy001

From someone who has been on this site for three and a half months you … From someone who has been on this site for three and a half months you seem to have little grasp of the humour on this site, stick around and you may learn otherwise get another hobby.


Morning, didn't have a problem with your comments .... ? Being called a **** may have not hit my funnybone this morning but as you say maybe just someone else's idea of humour.
tinkerbellian

Morning, didn't have a problem with your comments .... ? Being called a … Morning, didn't have a problem with your comments .... ? Being called a **** may have not hit my funnybone this morning but as you say maybe just someone else's idea of humour.





You'll get used to it.
soldierboy001

You'll get used to it.


TBH think it just hacked me off a bit this morning . Anyhow funnybone now back in place and prepared to put up with any other P**** jokes you guys feel you need to add. (_;)
Oh they look like a Christmas cactus, same family? Plants and me do not go hand in hand. But i have a Xmas cactus that i got from Lidl. Flowers twice a year, and still going strong at 3 years old.
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