A week of flowers 2022, Day four

Cathy’s Words and Herbs’ challenge for one week.

The Christmas cactus is a very popular houseplant—and for good reason! When they bloom, they produce colorful, tubular flowers in pink or lilac colors. Their beautiful flowers, long bloom time, and easy care requirements make them a wonderful plant. I’ll bet someone in your family has a Christmas cactus!

Christmas cactus

About Christmas Cacti

Unlike other cacti, the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) and its relatives don’t live in hot, arid environments such as deserts or plains. In fact, these epiphytic succulents are native to the tropical rainforests of southern Brazil, where they grow on tree branches and soak up the high humidity, dappled sunlight, and warm temperatures.

Christmas Cactus

The bottom line: Don’t treat a Christmas cactus like it’s a run-of-the-mill cactus or succulent. They can’t take the same sort of sunny, dry conditions that other cacti can. It’s important to water these cacti more regularly than most succulents, but to also be cautious of keeping them too wet.

Christmas Cactus

16 thoughts on “A week of flowers 2022, Day four

  1. I am very proud and excited to be able to tell you that I have a Christmas cactus – now showing off its beautiful red blooms. Ours grows outside on the patio and seems very happy there. I think it is well suited to our warmer climate.

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  2. Gorgeous! I am so glad you have posted about this plant as I bought one only a week ago and it is now in full bloom! My partner’s Grandma had one that flowered almost non-stop for decades. I hope mine will prove to be as successful!

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