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3 Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata Plants

3 Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata Plants

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Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata Plants

Originally from the rainforests of coastal Brazil, the Christmas cactus is distinct from the cactus we know and love from our arid southwest landscapes. For starters, the Christmas cactus is an “epiphyte” which means that it is more at home growing in the crooks and on the branches of trees in its native rainforest range. It would be quite unhappy in our desert soils, but does great in a pot with rich but well-drained potting mix. In fact it even likes being a bit "cramped" in a pot and only needs to be potted up to a larger container once every 2-3 years. It can be fairly long-lived too with reports ranging from 40-100 years.

Their longevity can make them a great botanical heirloom too, gifted from one generation to another. To ensure that your Christmas cactus is in full bloom during the holiday season, you should take care to provide the appropriate temperature and the light conditions, and get started about 6-8 weeks before the holiday.

Growing Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus prefers cooler temps (60-65 degrees) and requires short days (longer periods of darkness; about 12-16 hours) to initiate blooming. If you have a cooler darker part of the house, you can relocate it there over night and then move it to a place of prominence for display during the day. Be sure to avoid drafty or ambient light (even your neighbor’s Christmas lights entering through a nearby window may be disruptive.

Keep the soil moist but do not saturate the soil or allow it to dry out between waterings. Watch for wrinkling or puckering along the flattened stems- which could indicate under or over watering. Abrupt changes in temperatures -due to cold/hot air coming from windows, fireplaces or heaters- can also cause the plant to drop its blossoms and flowers.

You will receive 3 rooted Christmas Cactus Plants. The flowers on these plants will be a variety of colors.

Your plants will be shipped with the roots covered in soil and dampened in a small plastic bag and ready to plant upon arrival. The plants will be approximately 2” to 3” in height.

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