Christmas cactus is one of the most colorful flowering houseplants. This easy-care grower bursts into bloom when the days get short, putting on a fabulous show during the holiday season. You can find Christmas cactus in a wide variety of colors, including pink, red, scarlet, orange, gold, cream, and white -- as well as bicolors where an individual flower shows multiple shades at the same time.
This flowering houseplant is a cinch to grow, which has made it a popular holiday plant for generations. In fact, a beautiful Christmas cactus has become something of an heirloom for many families, with the plant being passed down through the ages.
In bloom, Christmas cactus are spectacular holiday plants, showing off their colorful blossoms like jewels at the end of their stems. When not in bloom the rest of the year, Christmas cactus show off jagged foliage that gives insight to one of its other common names: crab cactus.
Note: Christmas cactus is sometimes also called Thanksgiving cactus or zygo cactus.
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Allow soil to dry out in between regular watering schedule
Feed it with a balanced houseplant fertilizer between April and October.
In early spring, when new growth starts to show, resume feeding and watering. Move the plant outdoors in a shady spot for the summer.
Christmas cactus offer a profusion of tubular flowers that bloom for two to four weeks around Christmas time.