Christmas cactus

A cute houseplant, which blooms for Christmas!
Common name : Christmas cactus
Scientific name : Schlumbergera spp.
Family : cactaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Sun loving
Sun loving
Minimal water
Minimal water
Urban
Urban
Indoor
Indoor
Small pots
Small pots
Schlumbergera is a genus of cacti with 6-9 species native to south-eastern Brazil. They grow on trees or rocks in habitats that are generally shady with high humidity. Most species of Schlumbergera have stems which resemble leaf-like pads joined together and flowers which appear from areoles at the joints and tips of the stems. When grown as a houseplant -under the common name Christmas cactus or thanksgiving cactus - they are easy to grow.

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

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Water needs
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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 11b
Height 50 - 100
pH 7

Identify my christmas cactus

Schlumbergera is a genus of succulents belonging to the family Cactaceae. There are six species, and many hybrids, with flowers of various colors: purple, pink, red, orange or white, including the famous Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera x buckleyi! They are epiphytic or lithophytic plants of the neotropical zone of Brazil. The branches of the Schlumbergera look like small patches joined to each other, and the flowers hatch with areoles at their extremities.

Plant my christmas cactus

Plant of rather mild climate, the Christmas cactus adapts rather well inside our houses and our apartments. It will grow well with a temperature of 18-22 ° and needs light and moist atmosphere. Caution: avoid placing it directly behind a glass too exposed to sunshine, or close to a radiator! Also avoid moving it unnecessarily, especially when it is in buds. It is possible to keep your Christmas cactus outside, if the temperatures in your area do not drop permanently below the fateful zero. Elsewhere, keep it at home!

Water my christmas cactus

Your schlumbergera dislikes humidity, and its water needs are pretty limited. During growth seasons (spring, summer), watering should be regular, about once or twice a month, but controlled, to make sure the roots don't rot. In autumn, gradually reduce watering until winter, when once-monthly watering will suffice. Use soft (non-chalky) water, closer to room temperature than cold, as a significant temperature drop can cause serious stress to your plant.

Take care of my christmas cactus

In dry weather, spray your plant with water not too hard, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful!

Fertilize my christmas cactus

Never ! Your Christmas cactus loves poor soils, really!

Repot my christmas cactus

At the end of the winter every 3 or 4 years, repot your plant in a pot slightly larger than the current, with a mixture of sand and potting soil. Do not water in the first days after potting: the roots damaged by watering increase the chances of root rot. Wait a few days and water only slightly the first two times.

Propagate my christmas cactus

Propagate the schlumbergera by cuttings after the flowering! Take healthy, young terminal stems without unbalancing your mother plant, soak them in some cuttings hormone and then plant in sowing soil. Keep your cuttings in a bright place heated to about 20-21 °.

Put outside my christmas cactus

Feel free to take it outside for the summer! Avoid simply plopping it down in full sun; let it acclimatize slowly and, of course, keep an eye of watering! Take it inside at the end of the summer.

Shelter my christmas cactus

Get your Christmas cactus inside long before the first cool nights!

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