False Christmas Cactus
4.6 out of 5 (283 experiences)
About False Christmas Cactus
Did you know plants in the Schlumbergera genus are actually leafless? Instead of leaves, they use modified stems to capture sunlight! Unlike the Easter cactus, this species flowers in the later autumn or winter. They also have pointed wings at the corners, where its counterpart has more rounded edges. In the wild, they are epiphytes, meaning they grow on tree branches or rocks! 🌳 🪨
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 Louisville, Kentucky.
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January 29th, 2023
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Louisville is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…
January 29th, 2023
Louisville is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Louisville is expected to increase by 33.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.0 megajoules of energy per…
January 28th, 2023
This month, Louisville is getting an average of 6.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 9.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.4 total hours of d…
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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Louisville, Kentucky ⛅.
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.