Christmas cactus: here’s how to grow it and take care of it so it lasts a long time


The Christmas cactus, a cherished winter plant, promises a burst of color during the holiday season. If you've recently acquired one or plan to gift it, here's a comprehensive guide on caring for this festive plant to ensure it thrives beyond the holiday season:

The Christmas cactus, or Schlumbergera, is a native of Brazilian tropical forests. Unlike desert cacti, it thrives in shaded, humid environments, making our warm, indoor winter spaces an ideal habitat.

1. Blooming Time

Flowering Period: This plant, characteristically, blooms around the end-of-year holidays, which is how it acquired its festive name. Its vivid flowers can be admired from December to January and come in shades from pink to deep reds and purples.
Bloom Care: To prevent premature wilting of flower buds, the Christmas cactus should be shielded from drafts and direct heat. Avoid positioning it near frequently used doors or close to heat sources like fireplaces or radiators.
2. Ideal Placement

Temperature: Aim for an indoor temperature around 20°C (68°F).
Winter: Choose a bright room to enhance its flowering duration.
Summer: The cactus can be moved outside, but ensure it’s placed in a partially shaded area to prevent leaf burn from direct sunlight.
Autumn: By September, transition it back indoors to help synchronize its blooming with the holiday season.
Safety Precaution: Elevate the cactus if you have pets. Some parts of the plant, if ingested, can upset pets' stomachs. In case of ingestion, seek veterinary assistance.
3. Watering Regimen

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