Schlumbergera bridgesii (formerly Schlumbergera X buckleyi) (CACTACEAE)
Planting and Growing Christmas Cactus
You’ll find everything you need to know to plant and grow Christmas cactus in the accompanying table’s tabs:
- Flowers and fruit of Christmas cactus
- Growing conditions for Christmas cactus
- When and where to plant Christmas cactus
- How to plant Christmas cactus
- How to shape, prune and control growth of Christmas cactus
- Watering, fertilizing, and care of Christmas cactus
- Landscape uses of Christmas cactus
- Pest and disease control for Christmas cactus
Growing Christmas Cactus
A few cultivars of medium- to slow-growing, semi-epiphytic, arching, spreading, wavy, fleshy, jointed cacti, to 2 ft. (60 cm) tall, with silver, white bristles.
Christmas Cactus Planting and Care Guide
Flowers and Fruit
Very showy, cerise, cherry terminal flowers, to 3 in. (75 mm) long, in winter, form dimpled, oblong, red fruit, to 1 in. (25 mm) long, in spring.
U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Zones 8–11. Tender.
Soil Type and Fertility
Damp to dry, well-drained humus. Fertility: Rich–average. 5.5–6.5 pH.
Where and How to Plant
Open to full shade. Space 18–24 in. (45–60 cm) apart.
Moderate–challenging. Keep damp to dry in spring, evenly moist late spring–autumn, damp to dry in autumn until bloom, then evenly moist until blooms fade. Fertilize monthly. Protect from frost. Propagate by cuttings, layering, seed.
About This Species
Good choice for hanging baskets, containers in tropical and subtropical, woodland gardens and water feature shorelines. Good for holiday decorations, houseplant. Pest and disease resistant.