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! 🌳 🪨

Taxonomy

Hatiora gaertneri
Hatiora
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Schlumbergera × graeseri, Whitsun Cactus and Schlumbergera gaertneri

How to care for Easter Cactus

💦 Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Easter Cactus →

Common Easter Cactus Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Easter Cactus thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Easter Cactus Water Frequency →

Easter Cactus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Easter Cactus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Easter Cactus Light Requirements →

Easter Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Easter Cactus is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

Easter Cactus prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Easter Cactus Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Easter Cactus does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Easter Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Easter Cactus →


💩 Fertilizer

Easter Cactus should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Easter Cactus is native to Eastern Brazil.


🌸 Flowers

Easter Cactus produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Easter Cactus Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Easter Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Easter Cactus →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Easter Cactus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Easter Cactus Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Easter Cactus can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Easter Cactus. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Easter Cactus

Easter Cactus

Easter Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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
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leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 6,210 XP
globe Jackson, WY
10/22/2021

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
@@Friendshipgarden
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 213 XP
globe Austin, TX
07/07/2021

Easy to overwater so water carefully

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Anjali avatar
@Anjali
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 73 XP
globe Madison, WI
07/02/2021

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
@@Faith26taylor
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 214 XP
globe Nanaimo, British Columbia
05/30/2021

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
@@Risaree1957
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
globe Tualatin, OR
05/25/2021

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
@@Jimmy
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 118 XP
05/01/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@suesatch46 avatar
@@suesatch46
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 202 XP
04/29/2021

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
@Patty
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 15 XP
globe Atlanta, GA
04/03/2021

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
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leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 8,063 XP
globe Starkville, MS
03/23/2021

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
@@Lemonlaw
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 1,255 XP
globe North Salem, NY
02/12/2021

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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