Christmas Cactus, Schlumbergera - Succulent Plant

This popular, winter-flowering houseplant makes a great addition to nearly any indoor setting. Christmas cactus is not only easy to care for but propagates easily too, making it an exceptional candidate for holiday gift giving.
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About Christmas Cactus

The Thanksgiving cactus is also commonly called the holiday or crab cactus. It grows best in light shade. Full sunlight is beneficial in midwinter, but bright sun during the summer months can make plants look pale and yellow.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height12 inch (30 cm)
Plant Spread 5 inch (13 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Chrismas Cactus, Schlumbergeras, Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, Crab cactus, Holiday cactus, False Christmas cactus, Yoke Cacti, Easter Cactus
Maximum Reachable Height 0.75 to 1 feet
Flower Colour Purple - Pink
Bloom Time Mid-November and January
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Keep them potbound in sandy soil.
  • Water only when the soil is completely dry.
  • Provide some humidity to the environment.
  • Do not worry if some of the buds drop off, it is natural for the plant to lose a few.
  • Keep the temperature above 70 F in the daytime, from 55 degrees F to 65 degrees F at night.

    Christmas Cactus care

    The Christmas cactus is easily propagated by cutting a short Y-shaped segment from the stem tips. Make certain, however, that the cutting is taken from healthy plant foliage only. Plant the segment approximately a quarter of its length deep in the slightly sandy soil. Moisten evenly and place the cutting in a well-lit area, staying away from any direct sunlight.

    To root cuttings for new plants, cut back shoots from the tips, cut at the second joint of each tip. The cutting should show signs of growth within a few weeks, at which time the plant can be transferred to another container, if desired, with a looser potting soil mix of compost, loam, and sand.

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Dry to medium
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 68 degrees F
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Christmas Cactus special feature

    In its native area, Schlumbergera truncata is grown outdoors as an epiphyte or in rock gardens. In cooler climates, this plant can be grown in baskets or pots for brightly-lit window sills. It is sold primarily around the holiday season as a gift or decorative item.

    Christmas Cactus uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How long do christmas cactus plants live?

    Christmas cacti can live for 20 to 30 years.

    When does christmas cactus bloom?

    Christmas cactus will bloom in the winter season.

    How to get christmas cactus plant to bloom?

    Reduce/Limit Watering reduce the amount of water you are giving your Christmas Cactus. Wait until the top inch of soil around the succulent is dry before watering it, and then you only want to give it enough water to get the soil slightly damp. Place it in darkness for 12-14 hours a day (overnight) For the rest of the day it is OK to place the plant in bright (4-6) hrs, indirect light. Reduce Environment Temperature The third step is to keep the Christmas Cactus cool, you want the temperature to average out to about 10-12 degrees C. across the day. So make sure the location where you are keeping your plant is within this temperature range.

    How to propagate christmas cactus plant?

    Christmas cactus can propagate through cuttings. Take cuttings of one to four segments and let them sit in a cool, dry place for two to four days. Plant an inch deep in new soil which is rich in organic content and well-drained, preferably a sand or peat mix. Water sparingly until roots or new growth develops, then water as normal when the upper layer of the soil feels (3-4 inches) dry to touch.

    Christmas cactus blooming season?

    Christmas cactus blooms in the winter season(October to January).

    Do christmas cactus like sun?

    Yes, Christmas cactus likes direct bright sunlight.

    Can christmas cactus grow outside?

    Yes, you can grow Christmas cactus outside where it will get direct bright sunlight (4-6 hrs) or it will also tolerate indirect brigt light.

    How to prune christmas cactus plant?

    If you are pruning a Christmas cactus to reduce its size, you can remove up to one-third of the plant per year. If you are trimming Christmas cactus plants to make them grow in more fully, you only need to trim the end one to two segments from the stems.

    How to water christmas cactus plants?

    Water when the upper layer of the soil (3-4)feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water. Do not overwater the plant.

    Are christmas cactus indoor plants?

    It will also grow indoor or outdoor where bright (4-6) hrs, indirect bright light is available.

    Are christmas cactus outdoor plants?

    Yes, you can grow Christmas cactus outside where it will get direct bright light (4-6 hrs).

    Does christmas cactus need plant food?

    Yes, Christmas cactus require plant food so Feed monthly during regular watering from late winter to late summer.

    What is a christmas cactus plant?

    Christmas cactus is a small genus of cacti, popularly grown for its colorful flowers.

    Is christmas cactus a tropical plant?

    Christmas cactus is a tropical type plant, not quite as drought tolerant as its desert relatives and, in fact, may drop flower buds if the soil gets too dry.

    Can christmas cactus be planted outside?

    Yes, Christmas cactus can be planted outside in cooler zones.

    Are christmas cactus acid loving plants?

    The Christmas cactus needs well-draining soil with a pH between 5.5 to 6.2, such as the acidic type of potting mix formulated for cacti and citrus trees, which contains peat moss, bark and sand.

    How to repot christmas cactus plant?

    For Cactus/Succulents Find Right Size Pot for Cactus/Succulents. When it's time to repot a cactus, look for a container that's about 2 inches (5 cm) larger than the one the cactus is currently in. Make the potting mix - Contents: Sand (50%), and anyone of the following in 50 % amount Perlite / Vermiculite / Cocopeat (50%). Place a small amount of soil mix in the bottom of the new container. Carefully set the Cactus /Succulents in the new container. If the bottom of the Cactus /Succulents is not level with the rim of the pot, remove it and add a little more soil. Keep doing this until the Succulent is level with the rim. Water- Water the plant thoroughly. Keep a day after repotting and then water. Use care when watering, since overwatering is one of the biggest problems with Succulents. Let the soil dry out completely between watering, avoid overwatering.



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    Saturday, 25 July 2020

    I purchased a plant online from nursery live and received it in a very perfect condition, Thanks nurserylive team

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    Wednesday, 22 July 2020

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