Add a festive riot of winter colour to your space. This sublime flowering favourite is not a desert cactus, but a tropical plant from the mountainous regions of Brazil.
It thrives in cooler temperatures, making it a happy companion in North American homes. Showy flowers in vibrant shades of pink, purple, orange and red bloom abundantly for weeks on end.
how this nature nurtures you
This plant promotes a cheerful mood during the dark days of winter. It can live for many decades, and is easily shared with friends and family through simple leaf propagation. Truly a plant that can be enjoyed for generations.
Gazing at a Christmas cactus in bloom reminds us of the joyful exuberance of nature.
how to nurture your nature
ORIGINTropical South America.
WATERWater thoroughly in well drained cactus mix. Discard any accumulated water from tray. Allow soil to dry 75-100% between re-wetting.
LIGHTThey enjoy bright light. An east-facing window is ideal.
TEMPERATURE17-24 degrees celsius. Keep away from heaters and fireplaces.
HUMIDITYThey do not require extra humidity, a light misting is appreciated when in bloom however.
TOXICITYNon-toxic to humans and animals.
FERTILIZERFeed every month in the spring and summer with an all purpose fertilizer. Apply to damp soil so you don't burn the roots.
Some species bloom at Easter, some bloom at Thanksgiving and some bloom at Christmas.
Most pests and diseases are a result of overwatering. If brown spots appear, simply remove affected leaves.
Check out this video to learn how to propagate and share with friends: