Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) in the Schlumbergeras Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Christmas Cactus
Give a thumbs up Thanksgiving Cactus
Give a thumbs up Holiday Cactus
Give a thumbs up Crab Cactus
Give a thumbs up Flor-de-Maio

Botanical names:
Schlumbergera truncata Accepted
Zygocactus truncatus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Leaves: Other: Leafless
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Pink
Red
White
Yellow
Bi-Color
Other: Yellow anthers
Flower Time: Fall
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Other: Mature single segment cuttings.
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Epiphytic
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Image

Photo gallery:
Location: Laura’sDate: 2017-12-17
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Location: My indoor garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USADate: 2017-12-02
By csandt
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-11-07
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-11-05
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Location: Pittsford NYDate: 2011-11-14
By ge1836
Give a thumbs up
Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-11-05
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Location: Bremerton, WADate: 2011-11-06One in bloom and three about to bloom
By tikipod
Give a thumbs up
Location: JBsPlants at Roblyn Farm, New JerseyDate: 2014-04-16Old Fuchsia blooms from Nov. until April
By JB
Give a thumbs up
Location: Tucson, ArizonaDate: January 2016Blossom about to open sitting in a window on the west side of the
By quietyard
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-11-02
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-12-07
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-12-07
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Image
By rocklady
Give a thumbs up
Location: JBsPlants at Roblyn Farm, New JerseyDate: 2013-11-13
By JB
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2014-12-29
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2014-12-29
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Image
By ljones26
Give a thumbs up
Location: HomeDate: 12/7/2010
By SongofJoy
Give a thumbs up
Image
By JB
Give a thumbs up
Location: Orem, UtahDate: 2011-11-11In full bud...ready to bloom
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-12-07
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Image
By lisam0313
Give a thumbs up
Location: HomeDate: 2014-09-06New flower bud forming at end of stem/leaf
By SongofJoy
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-12-05
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: Austria / Wiener NeustadtDate: 2015-12-07
By Insagi
Give a thumbs up
Location: Austria / Wiener NeustadtDate: 2015-05-18
By Insagi
Give a thumbs up
Location: Santa Clara, CADate: 2016-11-08
By Mikey
Give a thumbs up
Location: Santa Clara, CADate: 2016-11-08
By Mikey
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-10-31
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-11-07
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: HomeDate: 2/3/2011
By SongofJoy
Give a thumbs up
Location: Orem, UtahDate: 2011-11-11In full bud at a local nursery
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-11-23
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-11-23
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-11-23
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-12-07
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-12-07
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-12-07
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-12-07
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Location: MississaugaDate: 2013-02-14
By tinpins
Give a thumbs up
Location: MississaugaDate: 2013-02-14
By tinpins
Give a thumbs up
Location: nifty after 50Date: 2014-11-26
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Location: nifty after 50Date: 2014-11-26
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Location: nifty after 50Date: 2014-11-26
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2014-12-29
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2014-12-29
By Paul2032
Give a thumbs up
Location: Santa Clara, CADate: 2016-11-08
By Mikey
Give a thumbs up
Location: Santa Clara, CADate: 2016-11-08
By Mikey
Give a thumbs up
Location: My home, Pequea, PA 17565Date: 2017-02-04
By csandt
Give a thumbs up
Location: Susquehanna Orchid Society Show at Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-02-13
By csandt
Give a thumbs up
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-11-03Thanksgiving Cactus - Schlumbergera truncata 003
By dawiz1753
Give a thumbs up
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-11-03Thanksgiving Cactus - Schlumbergera truncata 002
By dawiz1753
Give a thumbs up
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-11-03Thanksgiving Cactus - Schlumbergera truncata 001
By dawiz1753
Give a thumbs up
Location: Laura’s Date: 2017-12-12
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Location: Youngsville, LADate: 2015-12-31By tabbycat
By tabbycat
Give a thumbs up
Location: Laura’s Date: 2017-12-12
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Location: Youngsville, LADate: 2015-12-15By tabbycat
By tabbycat
Give a thumbs up
Location: Youngsville, LADate: 2014-11-30By tabbycat
By tabbycat
Give a thumbs up

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

Comments:
Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 13, 2015 1:35 PM

I have a sign just outside my kitchen door that says, "Warning: House plants die within these doors. Save a plant and keep them from these premises." I could give you a long list of the plants that have died under my care.

But this Christmas Cactus is an oddity. Not only has it grown, it has thrived. The winter I purchased it, the not-yet-opened flowers fell right off after bringing it home. That was disappointing! Later I found out that the cold draft will do this. It would have gotten cold from the store to the car and the car to the house.

It not only blooms at the normal time in December, but I've also had blossoms in the spring or in the fall along with the standard bloom time. I have heard that people can force flowerings. I have done nothing but be amazed. I am not sure how I do it. About all I can think is that I have moved the plant around, so maybe the lighting change has something to do with this.

I barely remember to water it, and maybe once or twice a year I give it cooled leftover coffee. That is only about as often as I will ever have leftover coffee.

Last year, I did overwater. I think it was because I actually had some remembers working. I noticed when I was about to water it last summer that the soil was saturated. I took it to the plant doctor at the local nursery. He gave me some great advice. One, in the summer, they do not need to be watered every week. And two, he said take the plant out, soil and all; set it up in front of a fan on low to allow the water to evaporate. I've not had a problem since and it still continues growing.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Plant Performance Reports
Where and Who Performance Opinion View options
On a covered patio in bright light all day some dappled sun (tabbycat) 2017: Plant performed perfectly
View full report
» Post your own plant performance report

Plant Events from our members
skylark On November 15, 2017 Bloomed
skylark On April 26, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
gave away the 2nd mid-sized plant
skylark On November 13, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
gave away one of 2011 rooted plants
skylark On November 1, 2014 Bloomed
all are budding up
skylark On October 21, 2014 Bloomed
1yr olds started budding up
Chillybean On October 26, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Gave one of my two to a friend. I noticed a bud beginning to form, so I hope she gets plenty of the flowers to enjoy.
MyPlantsAreTheBest From December 11, 2016 to December 12, 2016 Obtained plant
it doesn't say on this website how you are supposed to water this one but it is like water it alot this is the place i found the info http://www.plantsrescue.com/sc... if it helps any
lemonFresh On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Beautiful! by vic Aug 16, 2015 10:01 AM 6
Christmas Cactus Photograph by lovemyhouse Jan 17, 2016 10:04 AM 4
This beautiful plant looks like Schlumbergera truncata. by purpleinopp Apr 24, 2017 12:50 PM 10
Limp Christmas Cactus by MythrilDelight Oct 28, 2018 6:40 PM 16
Chirstmas or Easter cactus? by Crl1991 Sep 23, 2018 5:44 AM 3
What is this plant by Plantmom_07 Jun 28, 2018 2:52 PM 4
my apt plant count topped 200 this feb! by skylark Aug 13, 2018 6:24 PM 20
Help With Identification by Dendovne Nov 4, 2018 2:51 PM 14
Please help by Momsgardener Feb 9, 2018 8:19 AM 7
Winter buds & blooms by purpleinopp Feb 7, 2018 10:05 AM 24
Need help identifying a Schlumbergera. by Nisauabukunouki Nov 5, 2017 10:16 AM 3
Halloween cactus...? by ljones26 Nov 19, 2017 9:30 AM 24
Orphaned Succulent IDs Needed by ljones26 Oct 21, 2017 7:58 AM 14

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Schlumbergeras Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Schlumbergeras (Schlumbergera)

« The Schlumbergeras Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Penstemon Dark Towers blooms"