Plant Care Easter Cactus

Easter Cactus

4.4 out of 5 (21 experiences)

Easter Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Easter Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

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! 🌳 🪨


Hatiora gaertneri

Also known as

Schlumbergera × graeseri, Whitsun Cactus and Schlumbergera gaertneri

How to care for Easter Cactus


How often to water your Easter Cactus

Water needs for Easter Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Easter 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 Easter Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Easter Cactus in your home

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

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 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Easter Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Easter 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 Easter Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Easter 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!

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Care Summary for Easter Cactus

Easter Cactus

Easter 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

Easter Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Easter Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 7
Easter Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Easter Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Easter Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Easter Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Morgan3300 avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 4,892 XP
globe Jackson, WY

I really enjoy this plant. It grows fast and blooms really pretty flowers. It’s super easy to care for and likes more water than a normal succulent.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Friendshipgarden avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 213 XP
globe Austin, TX

Easy to overwater so water carefully

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Anjali avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 73 XP
globe Madison, WI

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. :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Faith26taylor avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 159 XP
globe Nanaimo, British Columbia

My poor poor plant. I suck at taking care of plants but my friend got me plenty for Christmas and he’s been slowly dying it really sucks for him. But I’ve been working hard to take care of him now, he is a SURVIVOR— looks like he is starting to come back to life. Wish me luck!!

Survivor Survivor
Risaree1957 avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
globe Tualatin, OR

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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Jimmy avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 118 XP

I love this plant! She has made it through my freshman year of college no sweat :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Suesatch46 avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 131 XP

The blooms are so beautiful! I have three and they all have different colored flowers. I’m developing a habit of adopting a new one every year from Costco 😂

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Patty avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 15 XP
globe Atlanta, GA

It’s common name is Christmas Cactus, but don’t let that fool you. It is a succulent and needs much more water than your average cactus in order to stay plump and produce flowers.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Plantmomma3 avatar
leaf-1 77 Plants
xp 5,584 XP
globe Starkville, MS

I love my Easter Cactus!!! They are pretty hardy

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Lemonlaw avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 1,050 XP
globe North Salem, NY

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.

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