Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera spp.

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter

Harvesting

Take cuttings well after flowering.

Propagation

Cuttings

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.

Special features

Indoor plant
Pot plant
Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

Central and South America.

Natural climate

Temperate to Subtropical

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Shade

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Air, Sand

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Cactaceae

Flower colour

Red, Pink, White, Yellow, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

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.

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