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Houseplant Highlight: Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera genus)

  • Named “Christmas Cactus” because of its habit of blooming during the winter holiday season.
  • Called a cactus but is actually an epiphyte originating in Brazil. Epiphytes grow in/on trees and prefer humidity and filtered bright light.
  • Christmas cacti don’t like drafts and can drop their buds before opening if exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • Avoid overwatering as this invites root rot and pests.
  • Unlike poinsettias, christmas cacti aren’t poisonous and so they make a great holiday decoration to have around pets and children!
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