Peaches and Cream Warm & Cool

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserRegistered Users Posts: 2,880 Major grins
edited January 12, 2021 in Holy Macro

This is a hybrid of Schlumbergera, a genus of cactus known variously as Christmas Cacti, Thanksgiving Cacti or Easter Cacti. This is a cultivar/hybrid sold as "Peaches and Cream".

The paler the colour of the flower, there more it is affected by temperature during bud development. Essentially, the whites are only true white at about 15C and above. Below that they tend to be fairly pink. The yellow varieties also tend to darken.

These images are from one plant, which flowered in mid December 2019 and early January this year. This time I placed the plant in a warm cabinet, at 15C minimum, in December. Last year it remained on the greenhouse bench, with a minimum of 10C. You might think that the higher temperature would bring on earlier flowering but it did not.

The first four image are from the warmer temperature, the other four from the lower one. Various lighting was used. The blue is actually blue sky and at least one other image was taken in sunlight. The fourth image was 1/25 at f11, ISO 5,000.

I have stereo images to process.

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, hand-held.



  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandAdministrators Posts: 12,676 moderator

    Very nice set. In the middle of the winter, it is nice to see something ward and spring-like.

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  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 2,880 Major grins

    @David_S85 said:
    Very nice set. In the middle of the winter, it is nice to see something ward and spring-like.


    For me there is the added pleasure of seeing the colours as some flower for the first time.


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