Friday, November 23, 2012
The Christmas cactus, or Schlumbergera, is native to the mountains of south-eastern Brazil. It likes shade and high humidity. It can be recognized by its leaf-like pads and pink flowers which flower only around Thanksgiving or Christmas (hence the name).
Here are some tips for caring for your Christmas cactus:
1. Keep away from direct sunlight, drafts, heat vents, or fireplaces.
2. Provide a source of humidity. You can put a tray of water next to the plant, so that the water evaporates and provides humidity.
3. Do not overwater. Once a week should be enough. And if you can, don't water from the top. It is best to put the plant in a tray of water and allow water to seep through holes in the bottom of the container.
4. Prune your cactus one month after blooming.