Plant Care False Christmas Cactus

False Christmas Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (243 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

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 located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for False Christmas Cactus in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

57% Medium

Growing False Christmas Cactus in New Orleans right now

Light needs for plant False Christmas Cactus in New Orleans, Louisiana

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

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…

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Light needs for plant False Christmas Cactus in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 17.8% ☀️

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…

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Light needs for plant False Christmas Cactus in New Orleans, Louisiana

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

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…

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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 🚫.

New Orleans, Louisiana currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

When to repot False Christmas Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant False Christmas Cactus in New Orleans, Louisiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

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…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

False Christmas Cactus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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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 your location in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

False Christmas Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 168
False Christmas Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 90
False Christmas Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 75
False Christmas Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 74
False Christmas Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 28
False Christmas Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 26
False Christmas Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
False Christmas Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Ellen avatar
@Ellen
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 69 XP
12/04/2021

Water sparingly

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Dovergardener avatar
@Dovergardener
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 99 XP
globe Dover, Florida
11/21/2021

They seem to like to be neglected

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Greg2005 avatar
@Greg2005
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 3,626 XP
globe Gaithersburg, Maryland
11/18/2021

Love it so much

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Diana avatar
@Diana
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,296 XP
globe Swampscott, Massachusetts
11/16/2021

Gorgeous showy red blooms in November brighten up the room.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 1,659 XP
10/23/2021

Likes indirect light!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Anielah04 avatar
@Anielah04
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
10/23/2021

Very cute and grows really well, easy to maintain :)

Tessasplants avatar
@Tessasplants
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 728 XP
10/12/2021

This one is flowering and like a cactus never dies.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Elaine avatar
@Elaine
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Arlington, Massachusetts
10/10/2021

Likes sun

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Esperaqua avatar
@Esperaqua
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 109 XP
globe Grand Ledge, Michigan
10/10/2021

Do not overwater. My Thanksgiving cactus thankfully survived an overwatering, but not everyone will. Be careful!

Survivor Survivor
Theaa avatar
@Theaa
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 177 XP
10/10/2021

Its cool

Mom123 avatar
@Mom123
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 376 XP
globe Salisbury, Maryland
10/10/2021

Blooms beautifully when kept properly. Be sure to keep it watered. Loses leaves easily.

Abbypremnum avatar
@Abbypremnum
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,088 XP
globe Columbia, Missouri
09/23/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Gamma4-3 avatar
@Gamma4-3
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 436 XP
globe Colfax, Louisiana
09/22/2021

Very easy to grow. Loves fresh rain water and indirect light. Go by Greg’s watering schedule as over watering will cause root rot. Blooms beautiful peachy orange flowers at Thanksgiving.

Jphillippe avatar
@Jphillippe
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,233 XP
globe Minnetonka, Minnesota
09/19/2021

Love this plant! It’s a baby from a plant I rehomed from the Pacific Northwest, so it’s definitely a survivor!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Sarah avatar
@Sarah
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Rockford, Illinois
09/17/2021

Very hearty. I’ve also had it outdoors on our covered porch in the summertime and it did really well there.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Icantwink avatar
@Icantwink
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 914 XP
globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
09/16/2021

If you don’t feed it for awhile, she will be okay! She’s a real survivor:)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Emily18 avatar
@Emily18
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 208 XP
09/13/2021

Easy to over water but other than that easy to care for!

Maried20 avatar
@Maried20
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 631 XP
globe Clifton Forge, Virginia
09/07/2021

Has only bloomed flowers once sence I’ve had this plant

Thegreenhouse58a avatar
@Thegreenhouse58a
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 826 XP
globe Worcester, Massachusetts
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 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!

Survivor Survivor
Visyn avatar
@Visyn
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 1,034 XP
08/15/2021

Plant just keeps going with minimal care, blooms twice a year. Wish it grew faster.

Survivor Survivor

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