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Photo: Boryana Manzurova (Shutterstock) When you’re going grocery shopping this time of year, it makes sense to want to get in and out as quickly as possible. So if you’ve breezed past the seasonal plants that usually live at the front of the store near the shopping carts and hit the aisles Supermarket Sweep-style, there’s a good chance that you’ve missed the Christmas cacti. (They’re the ones that aren’t poinsettias.) They may not look very Christmassy—especially since many of them are varying shades of pinks, oranges and yellows —but that’s actually a good thing, because these plants deserve a spot on your windowsill year-round. Actually, there are reports of Christmas cacti living more than 100 years , so there’s a chance that grocery store plant could outlive you. Here are some tips for making that happen (or at least keeping it healthy). How to care for a Christmas cactus If you picked up or were given a Christmas cactus this year, don’t throw it out at the beginning of the year, as you might a live Christmas tree. It’s basically part of your family now, so it’s time to learn how to take care of it. In an interview with Tulsa World , Dr. Tom Ingram , a horticulturalist at Oklahoma State University, shared some tips for keeping that colorful cactus alive. (Which probably takes more effort than you think). First of all, Ingram explains that Christmas cacti are what those in the plant business call “short day plants”—meaning […]