False Christmas Cactus
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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 Madison, Wisconsin.
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November 29th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…
November 29th, 2022
Madison is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to decrease by 33.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per …
December 1st, 2022
This month, Madison is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.8 total hours of dayl…
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 Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.
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.
November 25th, 2022
The growing potential in Madison is very low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
It's best to …