False Christmas Cactus
4.6 out of 5 (243 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 New Orleans, Louisiana.
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December 4th, 2021
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New Orleans is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…
December 5th, 2021
New Orleans is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in New Orleans is expected to decrease by 17.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy pe…
December 5th, 2021
This month, New Orleans is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of da…
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 🚫.
New Orleans, Louisiana currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample 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.
November 30th, 2021
The growing potential in New Orleans is medium 👌.
It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot…
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.
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 sunshine for weeks, cleaned up the dead parts that easily broke off and back in May I saw growth! And now this guy is happily growing back!