Christmas Cactus, Claw Cactus, Common Winter Cactus, Crab Cactus, Holiday Cactus, Linkleaf, Lobster Cactus, Mayflower, Yoke Cactus
Schlumbergera truncata is often confused with the related Christmas and Easter Cacti. It's a frost-tender, epiphytic, perennial cactus that produces deep red or sometimes pink, purple, orange or white flowers in late autumn and winter. This plant can provide a wonderful Christmas display, blooming around thanksgiving, hence the common name Thanksgiving Cactus. It is easy to propagate from cuttings and best grown 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.
A houseplant that 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.
Fleshy stems store water for drier times - and flower formation depends on a dry time!
Central and South America.
Temperate to Subtropical
Partial Sun, Full Sun
Loam, Sand, Air
Soil PH preference
Purple, Red, White, Orange, Pink, Yellow
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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