False Christmas Cactus
4.6 out of 5 (264 experiences)
Also known as
Holiday Cactus, Crab Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus
How to care for False Christmas Cactus
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 located in Columbia, South Carolina.
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January 16th, 2022
Columbia is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Columbia is expected to increase by 15.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.0 megajoules of energy per m2…
January 17th, 2022
This month, Columbia is getting an average of 7.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of dayli…
False Christmas Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Columbia, South Carolina ⛅.
False Christmas Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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.
What other plant parents say
These plants are quite hardy and often survive long periods of being treated like a succulent or “real” cactus, but they are actually a tropical epiphyte and are much happier in a humid bathroom than in front of a bright window.
Getting them to flower can be tricky and I honestly haven’t bothered to try it myself. I enjoy the plant as-is and like watching new sections grow in.