Paasfees Kaktus, Crab 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, its leaves growing in oblong sections, with long tooth-like notches. 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 it likes some humidity - this epiphytic species can be found growing without the need for soil substrate on coastal rocks and trees around Mexico. Improve humidity at home 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.
Fleshy stems store water for drier times - and flower formation depends on a dry time!
A good container plant. If properly repotted, it can be passed on from generation to generation.
A houseplant that makes a great addition to nearly any indoor setting. Make sure they get a night rest without light though, to ensure flowers forming.
Central and South America.
Temperate to Subtropical
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Air, Compost
Soil PH preference
Red, White, Orange, Pink, Purple
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.