Plant Care Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

4.9 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Christmas Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Christmas Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Also known as

Easter Cactus, Shrimp Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus


Schlumbergera russelliana

How to care for Christmas Cactus


How often to water your Christmas Cactus

Water needs for Christmas Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Christmas Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Christmas Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Christmas Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Christmas Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Christmas Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Christmas Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Christmas Cactus in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Christmas Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Christmas Cactus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Christmas Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Christmas Cactus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Christmas Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Christmas Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 3
Christmas Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Christmas Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Christmas Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Christmas Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Christmas Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Jeremy avatar
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globe Nashville, Tennessee

Only blooms around Christmas

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower

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