Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is an attractive plant to have all year, but the real magic occurs when it blooms. Those showy flowers bring joy and color to the winter season when it’s most needed.

This week’s article is about passalong plants. The term “passalong plants” was popularized by a similarly titled book published in 1993 by Felder Rushing. Gardeners have been passing along plants for generations before the practice received a formal name.

Gardeners have amazing generosity when it comes to their plants. Gardeners have always passed along plants — we’re a generous group who dislike tossing a perfectly good plant onto the compost heap if we can provide it with a good home. Admire a blooming “whatever-it’s-called” in someone’s garden, and they will likely place some cuttings of that plant into your empty hands. I’ve seen that happen many times when Master Gardener volunteers hold meetings in a backyard.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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