Christmas Cactus

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  • Bright Seasonal Blooms
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12 Inches
  • Pet Safe

Hunting for some “merry” greenery to “marry” a little holiday cheer and color to your home/office this Christmas? If so, the Christmas Cactus, originating from the rainforest in South America, is the perfect choice to buy for yourself or for someone else on your gift-giving list. This cultivar, Schlumbergera truncata, otherwise more commonly known as Zygocactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Holiday Cactus, or Crab Cactus, provides splashes of heart-warming color during the dead of winter. Leafless, this succulent possesses flat evergreen stems that, during the onset of winter, yield showy cylindrical blooms in crimson, rose, tangerine, salmon, plum, and ivory. Requiring bright indirect light, average temperatures, and lots of humidity, this shrub will be singing to you, your family, and friends, “Deck the Halls with Me” this holiday season. 

Best Locations For Growing Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus thrives in medium to bright indirect light; temperatures ranging between 70°F to 80°F, and average to high humidity. Additionally, since this lovely cactus is nontoxic to people and pets and has prickles that don’t threaten, you do not need to fret about little hands or paws.

Christmas Cactus Sunlight Requirements

Christmas Cactus prefers medium to bright indirect light. While this tropical shrub adores bright light, too much of it will turn its leaf-like stems sallow. Try placing it in a south-facing, west-facing or east-facing window.

Christmas Cactus Care

Christmas Cactus prefers loamy, acidic, and well-draining soil with a pH between 5.5 to 6.2. This slow-growing succulent will normally need to be repotted only every three years, preferably after the blooming season has concluded. Simply repot your Christmas Cactus in a pot that is one to two inches bigger than the original. And, if you want to add more Christmas color and cheer to your home or office, you can propagate these lovely shrubs by using stem cuttings or seeds.

Watering Christmas Cactus

In spite of being drought tolerant, this tropical perennial requires moist soil in order to thrive. Water this plant when the top layer of soil is dry to the touch, which is typically every 2 to 3 days in the summer. Water less frequently during the winter months.

Feeding Christmas Cactus

Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer to Christmas Cactus every month. Dilute the formula to half the recommended strength of the manufacturer. Do not fertilize this plant while in bloom.

Christmas Cactus Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 12 inches
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Flower Shade/Description: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Purple
Foliage Description: Green and Purple
Temperature: 57° - 72°F (14° - 22°C)
Humidity: High
Common Name: Christmas Cactus
Other Name(s): Zygocactus, False Christmas Cactus
Scientific Name: Schlumbergera truncata
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

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    Posted by ronald carps on Mar 19, 2023

    i had a catus for 50 years.started in mich, to nc, to tenn and now in va. it finally dried up. the new catus is healthy and looks great. thank you