What is this plant...

and how do I keep its flower buds from dropping? The buds are the same pink color of a typical "Christmas cactus", but quite a bit smaller.
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It is a Christmas Cactus. MJ
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It is a Christmas Cactus. MJ _________
The leaves (stems) are neither wide nor flat, but thanks for guessing. I suppose I would've described if I'd known the picture was so poor it could've been mistaken for Schlumbergera. The mature stem segments are about 2 - 2.5" each, average 1cm wide, are "angularly cylindrical" with four deep ribs, and have stiffened tufts of scant hairs. Flowers are terminal, and in my case in both senses of the word. I was so looking forward to seeing what they looked like - if for no other reason than to at least identify it! I'm so disappointed & want to know what I did wrong. The RH in here isn't much above 40%, but I had brought it indoors at least 6 weeks before there was any sign of budding. For a great many plants that's long enough to acclimate themselves, isn't it? The buds grew to only about 5mm, got nice & pink then easily fell off when I only barely moved the pot.
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In comparison to the Christmas Cactus in the original picture, here are 3 of ours. The leaf shape is pretty clear on the plant on the bottom.
All three show blooming on one side of the plant at a time. The blooming side is to the front while other sides are developing buds.
This works out well for us, the plant blooms for months.
When we had them in a south facing window they'd bloom all at once.
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Simple rule for making them bloom is not moving the pot starting from summer befor ethey start to set to buds. If you move the pot, all buds will drop - no excuse and no help. Many years of experience with this plant. Greetings,
On Nov 22, 6:18 am, snipped-for-privacy@verizon.net wrote:

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I don't think I'd agree with this advice :-) I had one equally as aged as the one described - inherited from my mother - plus grew several of my own. They got moved constantly.....in fact, they would regularly summer out of doors then get moved back inside when cold weather threatened. As soon as they came back inside, they immediately set buds and started blooming. And they would rebloom after a period of time - around 6 weeks - following their initial bloom sequence. Moving them has no direct effect on blooming unless other conditions are limiting factors.
If you look at various sources on zygocactus, they will all tell you that blooming is triggered by daylength and/or temperature. They need an uninterrupted period of darkness (much like a poinsettia) OR cool temperatures (50-55F). Excessive light or too warm indoor temperatures will retard or delay blooming. Water only enough to keep the stems turgid but allow the soil to dry in between waterings. Bright indirect light and keep out of drafts or exposure to sources of heat. And feel free to move it as much as you want as long as the rest of these qualifiers are met :-)
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See thats the thing, I have read all of this and have no where in my house to make any of this happen. My Mom had hers in a fairly cool room with little light and never moved it. I have it in a room that gets morning light and is at an average of 75 degrees all year (air and heat) There is no draft that I can detect. I am very careful about watering, letting it dry out and watering through. I will say that I haven't fertilized it much., how often should I do that? I use a basic generic form of Miracle Grow.Plant stakes maybe? The plant is probably 2 feet around and I have started another one. (my poor daughter)/ I guess what I am asking for is simple advice, My Mom kept it real simple and it sure worked for her. Thanks for the help. MJ
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snipped-for-privacy@verizon.net writes:

Gee... did I leave out the URL?
Meant to include:
http://mysite.verizon.net/despen/xmas_cactus.jpg
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And here again is hopefully a little better picture of the plant, along with a single leaf/stem from my Christmas cactus at the base for comparison (which btw never has any problem with blooming or bud drop). It is a reasonably healthy and very typical specimen, and not "scraggly" as someone put it.
http://webpages.charter.net/slyrp/plants/Rhipsalis%20vs.%20Schlumbergera%20_2886.JPG
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Definitly Christmas Cactus.
It looks a bit scraggly. All of ours have wider leaves and are more compact.
I water them once a week, keep them in a north facing window and usually have flowers from November to May. The side facing the window will start blooming so I turn it so we can see the flowers. Then it will start blooming on the other side after a week or 2.
I've had some buds fall off but not a lot.
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On Nov 21, 3:18 pm, snipped-for-privacy@verizon.net wrote:

I wish I could get mine to bloom. It inherited it from my mother who inherited it from her mother. Seriously, this thing is that old. Well, other than keeping it green I have had no luck at all. I have been reading tips for almost two years now it is disapointing. MJ
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MJ, Have you ever thought about "loaning" it to someone who can help bring your Christmas cactic back to life? I don't have an indoor green thumb but if I had something as precious as you have, I'd find some plant doctor for help asap.
Donna in WA
I wish I could get mine to bloom. It inherited it from my mother who inherited it from her mother. Seriously, this thing is that old. Well, other than keeping it green I have had no luck at all. I have been reading tips for almost two years now it is disapointing. MJ
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Have you repotted your plants? Fed them with fish emulaion? They need food during the growing season to get good winter bloom. They need quick drainage, less water than most plants.
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On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 11:01:16 -0600, "Nelly Wensdow"

It is a zygocactus and there are many varieties and colors. Best thing to do when they are setting bud is to leave them alone. I hold back water during the flowering stage. A cold room with no extra artificial light is ideal. I have three, one blooms at Thanksgiving, one at Christmas and another at Easter.
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One of the most frustrating things that can happen to Christmas cactus is after the flower buds have developed they drop off the plant. Bud drop can be caused by anyone of several different conditions. Usually it's because of over-watering, lack of humidity or insufficient light. I got this from a page for how to care for one.

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If it has to be a Schlumbergera, then I guess it must be S. x exotica. Sure took me long enough to find it - I'd been searching for weeks. I sure didn't know there existed any Christmas cactus with stems other than "flattened". Blossom-wise, it's turning out to be a much more difficult plant than my truncata. It has a couple more teensy tiny little pink buds forming, and if it drops them again just because I breathed in the same zip code I think it'll wind up in the compost heap before long.
Anyway, thanks for all the help.
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