Plant Care False Christmas Cactus
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False Christmas Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (32 experiences)

False Christmas Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
False Christmas Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Holiday Cactus, Crab Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus

Taxonomy

Schlumbergera truncata
Schlumbergera
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

False Christmas Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 23
False Christmas Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 15
False Christmas Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 9
False Christmas Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
False Christmas Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
False Christmas Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Nataleaf avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Ivysaur by Nataleaf on Greg, the plant care app
03/07/2021

Great fun looking plant! Remember not to treat it like a true cactus - it does like to be watered more frequently than a typical cactus would. It is a tropical epiphyte, and loves humidity as well. I…

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Barbarab avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Noelle by Barbarab on Greg, the plant care app
04/07/2021

I got this as a random grocery store plant one day, and it’s stayed alive and reasonably happy for about 5 years now. It’s low-drama as long as it has enough light and I remember to clean it off ever…

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Keyshaj avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Duke by Keyshaj on Greg, the plant care app
04/10/2021

I love this one. This was my first plant I didn’t kill. Grows fast, always as little babies growing. Only bloomed once in the two almost 3 years I’ve had it.

Capejettymum avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Mama Jolie by Capejettymum on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

My plant is over 50 years old and needs to be repotted again but it still continues growing slightly.

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@Lilyyandow
Bedford, NH
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Sol by Lilyyandow on Greg, the plant care app
02/16/2021

i don’t have a lot of experience with it but it seems fairly easy and it is pretty when blooming

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@Gigicolt
Lakewood, WA
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Zygocatus by Gigicolt on Greg, the plant care app
02/23/2021

There so easy to grown there more like plants that like to be alone lol but grow so amazing

Capejettymum avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Dusty by Capejettymum on Greg, the plant care app
03/14/2021

As Dusty’s name implies, this beauty takes little care & still blooms annually.

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@Gathererofn…
Lincoln, NE
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Caity by Gathererofnutsandodballs on Greg, the plant care app
03/02/2021

A wonderful plant that will provide lots of beautiful flowers when cared for!

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@Ronald
Columbus, OH
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Christmas Cactus by Ronald on Greg, the plant care app
03/31/2021

The easiest plant to care for...just leave by light and water occasionally.

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@Ronald
Columbus, OH
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Christmas Cactus by Ronald on Greg, the plant care app
03/31/2021

The easiest plant to care for...just leave by light and water occasionally.

How to care for False Christmas Cactus

Water

How often to water your False Christmas Cactus

Water needs for False Christmas Cactus
0.5 cups
every 9

False Christmas Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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 False Christmas Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 False Christmas Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant False Christmas Cactus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

False Christmas Cactus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize False Christmas Cactus

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

Care Summary for False Christmas Cactus

False Christmas Cactus

False Christmas Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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.

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