Gardening

Schlumbergera: the Christmas cactus


The schlumbergera, or Christmas Cactus is a pretty succulent plant that blooms around Christmas time.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Schlumbergera
Family : Cactaceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 25 to 30 cm
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Soil

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : October to February

  • To read: Christmas cactus: for a flowered suspension

Not very resistant to cold and even less to frost, we cultivate schlumbergera at home as a houseplant.

Planting schlumbergera

The schlumbergera, or Christmas cactus, is traditionally grown in a pot in our latitudes because it cannot withstand temperatures below 10 °

Christmas cactus exhibition:

The schlumbergera needs light but is afraid of direct sunlight when placed behind glass.

In summer it is possible to place your schlumbergera outside, in a shaded and protected corner of your terrace or your garden.

  • The flowers are very fragile, it is necessary avoid moving it once the first flower buds have appeared.

Repotting the Christmas cactus:

We repot every 2-3 years. The best repotting time is in the spring.

  • Choose a slightly larger container that must have a hole in the bottom
  • Use a potting soil light like those recommended for cacti plants
  • Place a bed of clay balls or gravel at the bottom of the pot to improve drainage

Schlumbergera cutting:

We multiply the schlumbergera or Christmas cactus by cuttings after flowering.

The cuttings of Schlumbergera, Christmas Cactus, take place when it is no longer in bloom on stems that have not borne flowers.

  • Take the young terminal stems
  • Soak them in the cuttings hormone
  • Plant them in potting soil for seedlings and cuttings
  • Keep your cuttings in a bright place and heated to around 20-21 °

Caring for the Christmas cactus

The schlumbergera or Christmas cactus is relatively easy to care for, here are the tips to help you make it last.

Watering the schlumbergera:

Regular but moderate watering during the growth and / or flowering period

  • Let the soil dry between 2 waterings
  • Above all, do not leave stagnant water at the bottom of the pot
  • A contribution ofspecial fertilizer cacti every 15 days from October to January will improve flowering

Size of the schlumbergera:

To keep the foliage dense and compact, the stems can be pinched after flowering.

All you need to know about schlumbergera

Christmas cacti are native to the rainforests of South America and are used to growing in the hollows of branches, where enough organic matter accumulates to make a good substrate.

We call it Christmas cactus because it normally blooms in December even if commercial needs mean that it is now found in bloom in the fall.

The schlumbergera is also a depolluting plant.

Finally, the real Christmas cactus is Schlumbergera x buckleyi but there are 6 species of schlumbergera.

The flowering times may vary but not the color of the flowers which always varies around pink.

  • Schlumbergera kautskyi, Schlumbergera opuntioides, Schlumbergera truncata, Schlumbergera russelliana, Schlumbergera orssichiana, Schlumbergera microsphaerica

Smart tip

If the leaves on your schlumbergera are falling, it could be due to movement, drafts, or watering problems.


For any problems with your plant, do not hesitate to ask question on the forum

Video: Schlumbergera Christmas Cactus Care and Propagation Plant One On Me Ep 143 (October 2020).