4.4 out of 5 (21 experiences)
About Easter Cactus
Did you know plants in the Schlumbergera genus are actually leafless? Instead of leaves, they use modified stems to capture sunlight! Unlike the Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus, this species flowers in the spring. They also have rounded corners, where its counterparts have more pointed edges. In the wild, they are epiphytes, meaning they grow on tree branches or rocks! 🌳 🪨
Also known as
Schlumbergera × graeseri, Whitsun Cactus and Schlumbergera gaertneri
How to care for Easter Cactus
Easter Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Easter Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Easter Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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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 Easter Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
Such a sweet plant! (Not literally, please don’t eat.) My hatiora gaertneri, which I named St. Nick, had been living in my work place in the staff room. It was looking a little brown and dried up, (like a lot of cactuses do) so I decided to water it a little. Keep in mind I’m a complete beginner! Not long after watering it more, boom! Beautiful lush green tone on the leaves, and bright orange buds. It wasn’t long until it was in full bloom. Such a beautiful and easy plant, no fuss at all. :)
I’ve found this an easy to grow plant. You can tell when it is over due for watering cause the leaves will shrink and wilt. Blooms once a year after a period of dark old cold weather. Take care of when handling cause the stems break fairly easily.
Dottie is a piece of my great great grandmothers cactus which makes it rather stressful to care for. She doesn’t need much maintenance which is nice. When you get a bloom, which isn’t too often , it is really satisfying. The ease of care, ability to share pieces with family members and the rewarding blooms make Dotty a very enjoyable houseplant.