Christmas Cactus Care Guide

Christmas Cactus
Safe for Pets?
Non-toxic to Pets
Plant Size
Medium
Sunlight Tolerance
Partial Sun
Suitable for
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Who knew that a cactus could produce such beautiful flowers? The Christmas cactus is a popular houseplant that blooms just in time for the holiday season (hence their name). The flowers will bloom in a variety of colors, including red, white, yellow, and pink.

Most Popular Varieties of Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus are one of three common types of holiday cactus that can be identified by the time when the flowers bloom. The other holiday cactus that are popular among households are the Easter cactus and the thanksgiving cactus. As the name implies, the Easter cactus has a tendency to bloom during spring, while the thanksgiving cactus typically blooms between November and December.

Tips on Caring for Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus are relatively easy plants to care for but it doesn’t hurt to arm yourself with the following tips to make sure your plant is in tip-top condition for many years to come.

1. Christmas cactus can tolerate and adapt to low-light conditions, but it’s important for the plant to get plenty of indirect sunlight if you want beautiful flowers to bloom during the holiday season.

2. Don’t ever let the plant sit in standing water. This will encourage the development of plant diseases like root rot. It’s very important for the Christmas cactus plant to live in well-draining soil.

3. Christmas cactus could be prone to a number of pests. The most common are typically spider mites and mealybugs. Thankfully, these pests can be handled with natural remedies.

4. Allow the plant to go through a resting period after the blooming period has passed. This means gradually cutting back on moisture and also adjusting the temperature and light exposure to a lower level.

Common Questions About Christmas Cactus

How Often Do You Water a Christmas Cactus?

Christmas cactus plants don't have to be watered daily. Like many other cacti and succulent plants, you just need to water the houseplant when the topsoil starts to feel dry. You may, however, need to make slight adjustments based on the season. For example, watering might be needed once every two or three days during the hot summer months.

Do Christmas Cactus Need a lot of Sun?

While these plants do enjoy bright sunlight, it's important to not place the Christmas cactus in the path of direct sunlight. Houseplants that are exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time may suffer from leaf burns.

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Christmas Cactus?

You may have come across tips on using coffee grounds for Christmas cactus. Adding some can definitely help, but we only suggest adding a tablespoon or two at a time. When the coffee ground starts to break down, it will add nitrogen to the soil. Coffee ground is also known to have pest-repelling properties due to the scent so it may keep some household pests away.