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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 Known 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 Known 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 Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 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 Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 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 Known 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 Known 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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