How to Care for a Christmas Cactus and Get Gorgeous Blooms!

A Christmas cactus in full bloom is a sight to see. It's one of the most stunning flowering houseplants with lobed, cactus-like stems that drape over the plant and end in brilliantly-hued blooms in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple. As a gift, a Christmas cactus lasts much longer than a flower arrangement. It’s easy to propagate and so you can share some history by starting a new plant from one many years old. Many of the plants that are commonly called and sold as Christmas cacti, are in fact not true Christmas cacti. There are similar looking plants that bloom at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. Whether you have a Thanksgiving cactus ( Schlumbergera truncata), a true Christmas cactus ( Schlumbergera x Buckleyi), or an Easter cactus ( Hatiora gaertneri), the care instructions are the same, with an adjusted schedule. The best way to tell them apart is when they bloom (near the date of the holiday they are named for), but you can also tell by the leaves: Christmas and Easter cacti have more rounded leaves and Thanksgiving cacti have pointy leaves. The Easter cactus also has more star-shaped flowers that look quite different from the Schlumbergeras.

Blooming near the holidays makes them wonderful gifts and festive decoration. With a few simple tips to care for it, a Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter cactus will continue to grow, bloom, and thrive for years to come...

This article was written by 2424 for her Garden Therapy Ebay Blog