Holiday Cactus, Mayflower
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The genus Schlumbergera consists of 6 species of bushy, perennial cacti. They produce showy, colourful flowers with different lengths of petals from the tips of the stems, these may be red, pink, orange, yellow, white or some shade in-between. Provides a wonderful Christmas display and are an ideal Christmas gift. Best used as a houseplant in a well-lit spot out of direct sunlight, ideally with some humidity as these epiphytic species grow without the need for soil substrate on coastal rocks and trees around Mexico. Improve humidity by placing plants on stone or pebble trays filled with water.
Take cuttings well after flowering.
Take stem segments in spring and place upright in moist compost, sand and perlite mix. Push the bottom of the cutting into the soil about 1cm or just deep enough to keep them upright.
Central and South America.
Temperate to Subtropical
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Loam, Air, Sand
Red, Pink, White, Yellow, Orange
Pest and disease free with only mealybug being a common pest. Flower bud dropping is usually cause by fluctuating temperatures. Too hot by day too cold by night. However, overwatering can also cause flower buds to drop.