False Christmas Cactus
4.6 out of 5 (263 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 San Antonio, Texas.
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January 16th, 2022
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in San Antonio is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…
January 15th, 2022
San Antonio is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in San Antonio is expected to increase by 11.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.4 megajoules of energy …
January 15th, 2022
This month, San Antonio is getting an average of 6.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 3.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of …
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 San Antonio, Texas ⛅.
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.
January 10th, 2022
The growing potential in San Antonio is 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 r…
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.