Skip to product information
1 of 2

Zygocactus 'Christmas Cactus'

Zygocactus 'Christmas Cactus'

Regular price $19.99 USD
Regular price Sale price $19.99 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Free Shipping on All Plants

Zygocactus truncatus, commonly known as Christmas Cactus, is a captivating epiphytic cactus known for its segmented, flat, and arching stems that resemble leaf-like pads connected end to end. Its vibrant, tubular flowers come in a variety of colors including pink, red, purple, and white, and typically bloom around the holiday season, giving the plant its common name. As a relatively easy-to-care-for indoor plant, the Christmas Cactus can reach a spread of up to 2-3 ft wide, with stems that can grow up to 3 ft long, adorned with small, rounded, and slightly serrated leaf segments.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Schlumbergera truncata (Schlumbergera x buckleyi hybrid)

Common: Zygocactus, Christmas Cactus

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 60-70°F
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Water: When the top inch of soil is dry
  • Fertilize: Once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Well-Draining Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • To get your Christmas Cactus to bloom, provide it with shorter day as it is a short-day plant, meaning it requires long nights to trigger blooming. Also provide a slight drop in temperature to encourage the plant to bloom.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Cactaceae family, also commonly known as the cactus family, which is a large family of flowering plants that includes over 1,860 species.
  • The Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera spp.) is native to the cloud forests of southeastern Brazil.
  • The Christmas Cactus is a popular, winter-flowering houseplant native to Brazil. Unlike many other cacti, Christmas Cacti don't thrive in arid conditions. Their vibrant flowers bring a pop of color during the winter months, making them a holiday favorite. To encourage blooming, expose the plant to cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours for at least 6 weeks. The Christmas Cactus is not a true cactus; it's actually a type of succulent. The plant is named for its tendency to bloom around the Christmas holiday season.
  • With proper care, a Christmas Cactus can live for several decades and is often passed down through generations.
  • Pet Safe / Nontoxic
  • Low Maintenance
Size

A Portion of Every Sale Is Donated To Our Partner NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness MA Chapter!

View full details