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 Tampa, Florida.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
February 5th, 2023
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Tampa is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determining…
February 7th, 2023
Tampa is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Tampa is expected to increase by 25.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 14.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…
February 8th, 2023
This month, Tampa is getting an average of 8.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 7.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.2 total hours of daylig…
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 Tampa, Florida ⛅.
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.
February 3rd, 2023
The growing potential in Tampa 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 repot p…