Also known as
Holiday Cactus, Xmas Cactus
10 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
More images of Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus Overview
The species Schlumbergera russelliana is commonly known as Christmas Cactus. It is a frost-tender, epiphytic, perennial cactus that produces deep pink or sometimes red or white flowers in late autumn and winter, giving a wonderful Christmas display. Its showy, colourful flowers have different lengths of petals from the tips of the stems. It is best grown as a houseplant in a well-lit spot out of direct sunlight. As it is an epiphytic species, growing without the need for soil substrate on coastal rocks and trees, it is important to maintain moderate humidity. One of the ways this can be improved is by placing plants on stone or pebble trays filled with water.
Common problems with Christmas Cactus
Flower bud dropping is usually caused by fluctuating temperatures (too hot by day, too cold by night). However, overwatering can also cause flower buds to drop.
How to propagate Christmas Cactus
Take stem segments in spring and place upright in moist compost, sand and perlite mix. Push the bottom of the cutting into the soil, deep enough to keep it upright.
Special features of Christmas Cactus
Makes a great addition to nearly any indoor setting. Make sure they do get a night rest without light though, to ensure flowers forming.
A good container plant. If properly repotted, it can be passed on from generation to generation.
Other uses of Christmas Cactus
Ornamental, greenhouse, container, hanging basket, indoors