Christmas cactus is a plant which belongs to the Schlumbergera genus. Christmas cactus grows as a perennial and is a succulent. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Christmas cactus normally grows to a erect habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid winter.
Brazil is believed to be where Christmas cactus originates from.
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These plants have been known to grow well alongside Christmas cactus so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Christmas cactus so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Christmas cactus plants:
- Basal Stem Rot (Fusarium oxysporum)2
- Apply iprodione or etridiazole and thiophanate methyl in order to protect the healthy plants
- Botrytis Blight (Botrytis cinerea)2
- Move plant to a location with lower humidity
- You can apply iprodione, fludioxonil, or mancozeb for added protection
- Impatiens Necrotic Spot virus2
- Phytophthora Root Rot (Phytophthora Parasitica)2
The holiday cactus group is a phenomenal favorite, and LOTS of people have at least one plant, at least in the USA. The most common holiday cactus is commonly called “Christmas Cactus” but this plant is actually the “Thanksgiving Cactus” or “Holiday Cactus.” These are actually two different species of Schlumbergera. The Thanksgiving Schlumbergera truncata has pointed soft spikes on the segments, and is the more common plant. The S. truncata is also called Holiday Cactus. The true Christmas Cactus (more rare) is Schlumbergera buckleyi, and has rounded scallops on the segments.