Our Plant Of The Week: The Christmas Cactus

by Natasha Starkell | 17.12.2013 | christmas , cactus , xmas , schlumbergera , plant | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

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After the Christmas holiday period, the Christmas cactus should be given about 30 days’ rest (in a cool room with limited water). If only we could all get the same break…

The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera Buckleyi Group), so-called because it flowers naturally in winter, is a great option for bringing a bit of colour to your home, without resorting to the same old Christmas plant options.

Most Christmas cacti are native to Central and South America and are found naturally not in the desert, like other cacti, but in a tropical environment. Therefore, like other tropical plants, they should be watered thoroughly and then allowed to dry out somewhat before watering again. In the run-up to Christmas, they should be watered less frequently; this encourages them to flower during the holiday season.

The Christmas cactus will flower year after year – it’s not unusual for Christmas cacti to be handed down through generations of a family, as they’re long-living and easy to grow. And it needn’t just be for Christmas - if given the right care and the right location, it’s not unusual for them to flower throughout the year.

Photo Credit: blueridgekitties


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