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Christmas Cactus: A Festive Favorite

The Christmas Cactus, also known as the Holiday Cactus, joins Norfolk Island pine trees and Poinsettias as beloved plants during the festive season. Originally from Brazil, the Christmas Cactus is actually a succulent, not a cactus. It features flat, glossy-green segments and, with proper care, produces beautiful tubular blooms in red, yellow, pink, purple, or white on its hanging branches. This plant makes an excellent gift or a wonderful addition to your home to celebrate the holiday season.

A voluminous Shclumbergera Bridgesil cascades over the sides of a pot.

General Care for Christmas Cactus


  • Prefers bright, indirect sunlight.


  • Water regularly, allowing the soil to dry to the touch between waterings.


  • Enjoys medium to high humidity. Keep away from frost.


  • Use a high-quality, well-draining potting mix.

Green plant with flattened crenated partitioned stems with a bright purple flowers at the ends..

Common Problems and Solutions

The Christmas Cactus is relatively low-maintenance and pest-resistant, but it can still be affected by pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, fungus gnats, and scales. Regularly applying insecticidal soap spray can help keep these pests at bay.

Symptom: Stunted Growth or Appearance

  • Cause: Mealybug infestation.
  • Solution: Treat with insecticidal soap or other appropriate pest control methods.

Symptom: Leaves Turning Red or Pink

  • Cause: Too much sun or too little water.
  • Solution: Adjust the plant’s location to avoid direct sunlight and ensure consistent watering.


The Christmas Cactus is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans, making it a safe choice for households with pets and children.

Keep in Christmas spirit alive with the Poinsettias!