4.6 out of 5 (218 experiences)
Also known as
False Christmas Cactus, False Christmas Cactus, Holiday Cactus, Crab Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus
How to care for Schlumbergera Truncata
Schlumbergera Truncata needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Schlumbergera Truncata love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Schlumbergera Truncata does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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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 Schlumbergera Truncata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
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.
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!