I got my name because I flower around the festive season. Even though this year I seem to be flowering in lockdown so maybe I should be renamed to 'the lockdown cactus'. Bringing a bit of brightness to your home.
My flowers can last up to 8 weeks if kept in the right conditions.
Botanical name - Schlumbergera
Tolerant of most light conditions
I like to see early morning or late afternoon sun so a semi shaded spot is perfect for me. Even though I'm a cactus I do not like harsh bright sunshine so please avoid a south facing windowsill especially in summer.
Even though I'm a cactus I am not drought resistant, remember I originate from a rainforest. Let the top inches of soil dry out before watering me again. Water until it runs out the bottom of the pot but don't leave me sitting in a puddle.
Unlike my friends the desert cacti I like a mist and a humid environment. So why not spritz me every couple of days.
If repotting please use a well draining soil mix to prevent water-logging occurring around my roots. I rarely need fertiliser, if using a cactus fertiliser be sure to dilute it to half strength, and only in the growing months (April to September, no more than once a month).