IT WORKED! WE HAVE FRUIT!

Schlumbergera truncata (Holiday cactus) on 12-13-20, #770-1.

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you well. The Schlumbergera truncata are doing very well on the kitchen windowsill. I have been watching them for signs that the hand-pollinating experiment worked…

Schlumbergera truncata (Holiday Cactus), the yellow-flowered plant, 12-13-20, # 770-2.

As the flowers started wilting I started watching and waiting to see what would happen next. As the days passed by, I could see that something a little different was going on with the wilted flowers. The flowers I hadn’t pollinated just fell off but the ones I did remain on the plants.

Schlumbergera truncata (Holiday Cactus), the yellow-flowered plant, 12-13-20, # 770-3.

The next thing I knew, a small swelling appeared which continued to get larger. WE HAVE FRUIT!!!

Schlumbergera truncata (Holiday Cactus), the red-flowered plant, 12-13-20, # 770-4.

The two flowers I hand-pollinated on the red-flowered plant did the same…

Schlumbergera truncata (Holiday Cactus), the red-flowered plant, 12-13-20, # 770-5.

Now I have to wait for a year before I can remove the fruit and seed to see if they will germinate. Just an experiment…

Schlumbergera gaertneri (Easter Cactus) on 12-13-20, #770-6.

The new Schlumbergera gaertneri (Easter Cactus), also on the kitchen windowsill, is doing well and its new segments are starting to grow. They looked a little strange at first because they were almost black…

Schlumbergera russelliana (Christmas Cactus) on 12-13-20, #770-7.

The new Schlumbergera russelliana (Christmas Cactus) has perked up nicely and is also doing quite well. It looks like only three upper segments dried up (which I removed after I took the photo).

On Monday, I am supposed to receive the package sent by Tony Tomeo… SO, I am anxiously waiting…

Until next time, be safe, stay well and positive, and always be thankful.

 

12 comments on “IT WORKED! WE HAVE FRUIT!

  1. pixydeb says:

    Brilliant- so exciting!!
    Look forward to seeing their progress

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Littlesundog says:

    Congratulations! I hope this experiment is a great success!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. tonytomeo says:

    I should have mentioned that the red Epiphyllum that I sent copies of made as single fruit this year, although it is still green. It will be a while before it ripens, and could get eaten be a crow before I get any seed from it. I will watch it though (as if anyone needs another Epiphyllum). There are cuttings of dragon fruit downstairs, but they have not grown enough to make more cuttings yet. One may have rotted. They get too much water from above down there. I would not bother growing them from seed, because they are supposedly true to type, and if I wanted more of the same, I would just grow more cuttings.

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  4. Dayphoto says:

    Ever so much fun! You are super talented!

    Liked by 1 person

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