Plant Care False Christmas Cactus
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False Christmas Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (204 experiences)

False Christmas Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
False Christmas Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

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 142
False Christmas Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 81
False Christmas Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 64
False Christmas Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 63
False Christmas Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 24
False Christmas Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 22
False Christmas Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
False Christmas Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Giudittalayla.16 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named naomi by Giudittalayla.16 on Greg, the plant care app
05/30/2021

Honestly I haven’t had much time with this plant I got it from my grandma a couple months ago. But from what I read it blooms easily and can go without watering for a certain period of time. From my …

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@Thegreenhou…
Worcester, Massachusetts
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Christmas by Thegreenhouse58a on Greg, the plant care app
09/01/2021

I live in New England, and last winter (October-ish?) I accidentally left this cactus outside during a frost... maybe more than one day... I brought it in, left it is the window with good morning sun…

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@Foxybadg3r
Plymouth, Michigan
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Del Griffith by Foxybadg3r on Greg, the plant care app
05/24/2021

My cactus loves to be right up against my south facing window in a crowded pot. I water her when she dries out completely. She’s always either giving me flowers or new leaves. She’ll tell you when sh…

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@Nataleaf
New Orleans, Louisiana
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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Agatha avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Chris by Agatha on Greg, the plant care app
04/24/2021

I love the look of this cactus. It’s so unique. For a year, mine grew slow and didn’t bloom, but stayed healthy and looking fresh and green. I moved him closer to the light just two weeks ago and it …

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@Carolarolyn
New Haven, Connecticut
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Cactus by Carolarolyn on Greg, the plant care app
06/03/2021

Give this guy lots of sunlight if you want to see growth! I had mine in an east-facing window (with morning sun) for months with no change. As soon as I moved it to south sun it starting growing new …

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@Javabean4
Evansville, Indiana
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Christy by Javabean4 on Greg, the plant care app
06/07/2021

Super easy. I bought this as a little plant around Thanksgiving and she has grown new leaves very frequently. I rotate her back and forth between a Northeast and East facing window. Water when she ge…

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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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@Sarahnotsara
White Lake charter Township, Michigan
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named christmas cactus by Sarahnotsara on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

So easy, place in a window and water when dry. I have 3 and they all just grow and grow, any time a piece falls off just plop in some water and it will root. This started as my great grandmas propaga…

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@Risaree1957
Tualatin, Oregon
Rating of the plant False Christmas Cactus named Samantha by Risaree1957 on Greg, the plant care app
06/12/2021

This cactus can last through being forgotten to be watered. It handles being out in the sun for the summer and come inside and bloom. Very hardy plant. Will wilt if it really needs watering. But spri…

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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 12

False 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 False Christmas Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

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: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

False 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.

False Christmas Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region 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 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.

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