Flowers of the false christmas cactus will be bright and cheery in shades of pink white peach and salmon. When considering how to care for christmas cactus keep in mind it also prefers temperatures hovering between 60 and 70 degrees f.
In order for the flower buds to set christmas cacti need 14 hours or more of continuous darkness per day.
False christmas cactus care. False christmas cactus schlumbergeratruncata is a popular houseplant especially one to gift to a friend or family member this time of the year. However after the flower buds have set the plants can withstand light at night. They usually grows on trees or on rocks at altitudes of 700 1000 metres above sea level.
Christmas cactus is an easy plant to care for but there are a few rules to follow if you want it to flower each christmas. For proper watering first find the type of soil and type of soil drainage favorable for the plant. Water is the most essential need of any plant.
Other diseases of christmas cactus. The false christmas cactus will have stems that have an open branch habit and the margins will have soft points or teeth. If you catch the disease early removal of infected plant parts may save the plant.
I have three and although i m a self described bad houseplant keeper they are thriving despite or perhaps. Botrytis blight suspect botrytis blight also known as grey mold if the blooms or stem are covered with silvery gray fungus. Jennifer smith publish date.
Watering requirements differ for every plant. 15 21 c with average to high humidity levels. Poinsettia is famously poisonous to dogs and cats.
Thanks to its colorful flowers that bloom in winter the christmas cactus schlumbergera buckleyi has become a cheery addition to many families homes during this festive time of year though we tend to associate cacti with arid desert like conditions the christmas cactus originated in the tropical rainforests of southeastern brazil and prefer more humid environments than other cacti. Watering false christmas cactus and schlumbergera. Knowing the amount of water required is the most important part of false christmas cactus and schlumbergera facts one needs to adequately water the plants keeping in mind that plants need season wise variations in water levels.
Christmas cactus diseases also include botrytis blight and impatiens necrotic spot virus. Placing a tray of pebbles filled with water beneath the christmas cactus container is a good way to add more humidity to the home. These points are not spines just deeply lobed portion of the stem.
Schlumbergera truncata false christmas cactus occurs only in a small area of the coastal mountains of south east brazil in the state of rio de janeiro located in the southernmost part of the tropics. False christmas cactus care 101. As well as re potting your christmas cactus each year after flowering.
Unlike the other christmas favorite poinsettia christmas cactus is not toxic to dogs and cats.