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Zygocactus 'Bridgeport', Schlumbergera truncata 'Bridgeport'
Schlumbergera 'Bridgeport' is considered the best white flowering Schlumbergera. It has large rounded petals, which gives the appearance of a large flower. The petals are flat across the flower's surface and do not tend to fall backward or become reflected. The flowers have a pale pink shade if not grown at temperatures over 60° (15 °C ). This is an essential condition to obtain pure white flowers. This cactus was named after Bridgeport in California, being pure white in the winter snow.
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USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
These plants are easy to grow and are often passed down through the generations. With Holiday Cactus, the million-dollar question isn't how to grow it, but how to make it bloom. With a little extra attention during the fall months, you can have your plants blooming for the holidays. Don't expose these plants to freezing temperatures! Despite their love of cooler temperatures, they are still tropical plants that won't withstand freezing conditions. They like about 50% to 60% humidity, which can be achieved using a pebble tray. Never place your Holiday Cactus near a heat register, exterior door, or drafty window and keep it out of burning sunlight.
Don't fall into the trap of constantly repotting into a bigger pot. Holiday Cactus likes to be root-bound, and repotting every 2 to 3 years (even back into the same pot) is plenty. If you repot, use a sterile, well-draining potting soil.
Holiday Cactus can easily be propagated by cuttings. Pinch off a section of stem that has 2 to 3 jointed segments. Let the cuttings dry for a few hours, then push them in a small pot with the same potting soil as the adult plant.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Holiday Cactus.
Schlumbergera 'Bridgeport' is probably a hybrid between Schlumbergera truncata and unknown Schlumbergera.
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