Holiday Cactus


Schlumbergera truncata or Zygocactus truncata, often called a Christmas Cactus, this species of Zygocactus is actually a Thanksgiving Cactus. The reason they get confused is that they have a similar look, but this variety produces spectacular blooms late in the year and has broader, pointier leaves. Not actually a true cactus, these forest dwellers are not adapted to desert life, wanting less direct sunlight and more frequent watering than their distant relatives

They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.

They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.

They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.

They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.

They can handle some direct sunlight, but an East-facing window would be best because too much direct sunlight will bleach their leaves. Although they prefer brighter light, they will take dimmer locations as long as they can be given brighter light for at least a few months of the year - this will actually encourage them to flower. Once your plant has ceased flowering (or about 6-8 weeks before you want it to re-bloom), let it begin its dormancy by cutting back on moisture and reducing light and temperature.

The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.

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