With the right care, Christmas cacti will blossom in early to mid-winter, earning them the common name December cactus. They come in a limited range of colors including pink, white, red, and coral.
A Christmas cactus needs about 8 hours of bright light per day. If you’re moving it outside for the warmer months, choose a spot that is mostly shaded, or gets dappled sunlight.
A Christmas cactus needs an average amount of moisture, and doesn't like to dry out completely. They can develop root rot when overwatered.
Natively, epiphytes like these love humidity. Providing humidity is important for success, especially when your Christmas cactus is indoors.
A December cactus can be sensitive to extreme temperatures. High heat can cause leaves and flower to drop, prevent flowering, or cause wilting. Below freezing can kill them altogether.
Fertilizing your Christmas cactus is a great way to encourage more growth and flowers. They’ll benefit from a diluted natural, liquid fertilizer from spring through early fall.
If you want those beautiful flowers every winter, dormancy is a very important part of Christmas cactus care.