Plant Care Hatiora gaertneri

Hatiora gaertneri

4.8 out of 5 (12 experiences)

Hatiora gaertneri has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Hatiora gaertneri has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Hatiora gaertneri, Schlumbergera × graeseri, Easter cactus and Whitsun cactus


Schlumbergera gaertneri

How to care for Hatiora gaertneri


How often to water your Hatiora gaertneri

Water needs for Hatiora gaertneri
0.5 cups
every 12

Hatiora gaertneri 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 Hatiora gaertneri

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Hatiora gaertneri in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Hatiora gaertneri: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Hatiora gaertneri love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Hatiora gaertneri does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Hatiora gaertneri

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Hatiora gaertneri

Hatiora gaertneri

Hatiora gaertneri

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


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

Hatiora gaertneri has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Hatiora gaertneri has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Hatiora gaertneri has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Hatiora gaertneri has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Hatiora gaertneri has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Hatiora gaertneri has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Friendshipgarden avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 213 XP
globe Austin, Texas

Easy to overwater so water carefully

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Anjali avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 73 XP
globe Madison, Wisconsin

Such a sweet plant! (Not literally, please don’t eat.) My hatiora gaertneri, which I named St. Nick, had been living in my work place in the staff room. It was looking a little brown and dried up, (like a lot of cactuses do) so I decided to water it a little. Keep in mind I’m a complete beginner! Not long after watering it more, boom! Beautiful lush green tone on the leaves, and bright orange buds. It wasn’t long until it was in full bloom. Such a beautiful and easy plant, no fuss at all. :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Faith26taylor avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 49 XP
globe Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

My poor poor plant. I suck at taking care of plants but my friend got me plenty for Christmas and he’s been slowly dying it really sucks for him. But I’ve been working hard to take care of him now, he is a SURVIVOR— looks like he is starting to come back to life. Wish me luck!!

Survivor Survivor
Risaree1957 avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
globe Tualatin, Oregon

I’ve found this an easy to grow plant. You can tell when it is over due for watering cause the leaves will shrink and wilt. Blooms once a year after a period of dark old cold weather. Take care of when handling cause the stems break fairly easily.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Jimmy avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 73 XP

I love this plant! She has made it through my freshman year of college no sweat :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Suesatch46 avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 82 XP

The blooms are so beautiful! I have three and they all have different colored flowers. I’m developing a habit of adopting a new one every year from Costco 😂

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Patty avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 15 XP
globe Atlanta, Georgia

It’s common name is Christmas Cactus, but don’t let that fool you. It is a succulent and needs much more water than your average cactus in order to stay plump and produce flowers.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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