Plant Care Holiday Cactus
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Holiday Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (219 experiences)

Holiday Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Holiday Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

False Christmas Cactus, False Christmas Cactus, Crab Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus

Taxonomy

Schlumbergera truncata
Schlumbergera
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Holiday Cactus

Water

How often to water your Holiday Cactus

Water needs for Holiday Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Holiday Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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 Holiday Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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

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Finding light for False Christmas Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Holiday Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Holiday Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Holiday Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Holiday Cactus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Holiday Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Holiday 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 Holiday Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Propagation

Care Summary for Holiday Cactus

Holiday Cactus

Holiday Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Holiday Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 151
Holiday Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 86
Holiday Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 69
Holiday Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 66
Holiday Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 24
Holiday Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 24
Holiday Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Holiday Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
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 8 Plants
xp 120 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 94 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 151 XP
10/10/2021

Its cool

Mom123 avatar
@Mom123
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 312 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 43 Plants
xp 993 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 10 Plants
xp 345 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 1,018 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 4 Plants
xp 66 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 23 Plants
xp 778 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 610 XP
globe Clifton Forge, Virginia
09/07/2021

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

Thegreenhouse58a avatar
@Thegreenhouse58a
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 554 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 1,008 XP
08/15/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Tybee avatar
@Tybee
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Atlanta, Georgia
08/11/2021

They do grow rapidly after a while! :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Chaiesgreenbabies avatar
@Chaiesgreenbabies
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 59 XP
globe Walsall, England
08/11/2021

Super easy to manage, not much maintenance required & in bloom can look really pretty 🌸

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Justplanty avatar
@Justplanty
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 2,794 XP
08/09/2021

I’ve had my plant for about 6 years now! Love how easy it is to care for! Great for indoor or out

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mvdi_ avatar
@Mvdi_
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 565 XP
globe Virginia Beach, Virginia
07/28/2021

He likes full sun but also doesn’t get fussy if I move him ! He literally is one of my favorites because I can go almost 2 weeks without worrying about him needing water!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Staceakin avatar
@Staceakin
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 681 XP
globe Bristol, England
07/24/2021

Beautiful and strong

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Dannielle avatar
@Dannielle
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 312 XP
globe Harpenden, England
07/20/2021

Easy, blooms in winter & survives over & under watering

Survivor Survivor

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