Christmas cactus as a hostess gift. I placed it in my east facing kitchen window and that was it. It's never been re-potted from its original little 4" pot. It's never been fertilized. Irrigation is occasional whenever I think of it. It usually blooms after Christmas...probably in protest over poor conditions.
A local radio gardening show suggested fertilizing these plants at Halloween to insure blooms at Christmas. I think I may treat this poor thing to some new soil and better care in 2013. If it does this well now, imagine how well it will do with just a new pot, fresh soil, and a little Trick or Treat fertilizer.
Here are some simple care instructions in case you have a Christmas cactus fill your stocking this year.
PS it's finally raining today after morning fog. Love it.