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Schlumbergera truncata - Christmas Cactus

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Schlumbergera truncata - Christmas Cactus

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Schlumbergera truncata, commonly known as Christmas Cactus, are known for their vibrant and blooming nature and are sure to add a touch of color to your holiday decor. With their delicate, cascading branches and bright, festive flowers, our Christmas cacti are a beautiful and unique way to celebrate the season.

  1. Light: Christmas cacti prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. Place your cactus near a window with filtered sunlight or in a well-lit room.

  2. Temperature: These cacti thrive in cooler temperatures, ideally between 60-70°F (15-24°C). Avoid extreme temperature fluctuations, as it can stress the plant.

  3. Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Water when the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil feels dry to the touch. Use a well-draining potting mix and ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots.

  4. Humidity: Christmas cacti appreciate higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by misting the plant or placing a tray of water near it. However, don't let the plant sit in standing water.

  5. Fertilization: Feed your Christmas cactus with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. During the growing season (spring and summer), fertilize every 4-6 weeks. Reduce fertilization during fall and winter when the plant is not actively growing.

  6. Pruning: To encourage bushier growth and more blooms, pinch or prune the tips of the stems in the spring or early summer.

  7. Potting: Repot your Christmas cactus every 2-3 years when it becomes root-bound. Choose a slightly larger pot with good drainage, and use fresh potting mix.

  8. Bloom Care: To ensure your Christmas cactus blooms during the holiday season, it needs an extended period of darkness for about 6-8 weeks in the fall. Place it in a dark room or cover it with a dark cloth for 12-14 hours each night, starting in late September or early October.

Remember that these cacti are somewhat forgiving, and their care needs can vary slightly depending on your specific indoor conditions. Observing your plant's behavior and adjusting care accordingly is key to keeping it healthy and vibrant. Enjoy the beautiful blooms when they arrive during the holiday season! 🌵🎄✨

 

Botanical Name: Schlumbergera truncata

LIGHT: Full sun

WATER: Water until the liquid comes out of the drainage holes and then allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again.

TOXICITY: Non-toxic to pets. Best to keep away from pets and children to prevent accidental injuries from contact with the spines.

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