- 1 Are Christmas and Easter cactus the same?
- 2 How do you identify an Easter cactus?
- 3 Whats the difference between a spring cactus and a Christmas cactus?
- 4 What do Christmas cactus leaves look like?
- 5 When should you put a Christmas cactus in the dark?
- 6 Can a Christmas cactus bloom in spring?
- 7 What’s wrong with my Easter cactus?
- 8 Why does my Easter cactus not flower?
- 9 How often should I water my Easter cactus?
- 10 Will an Easter Cactus bloom at Christmas?
- 11 What are the 3 types of Christmas cactus?
- 12 Why is my Christmas cactus blooming at Easter?
- 13 Does Christmas cactus like sun or shade?
- 14 Do you water a Christmas cactus from the top or bottom?
- 15 Are coffee grounds good for Christmas cactus?
Are Christmas and Easter cactus the same?
They may seem like different versions of the same plant, but the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) and the Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri) are completely different plants.
How do you identify an Easter cactus?
- Besides the later flowering time, you’ll also notice the shape of the Easter Cactus flowers is quite different from Schlumbergeras.
- Look for flat, rectangular leaves with slightly scalloped edges, and round, upward-facing flowers.
Whats the difference between a spring cactus and a Christmas cactus?
The difference between the three cacti is found in the shape of the leaves. The Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus require approximately 6 weeks of short days in order to bloom whereas the Easter cactus requires 8-12 weeks of short days to bloom hence the name Easter cactus.
What do Christmas cactus leaves look like?
Leaves: The leaves of the Christmas cactus have a more rounded, scalloped edge. The tip of each segment is slightly curved but they can look almost straight across. Flowers: The flowers of the Christmas cactus are usually pink or white and bloom in December.
When should you put a Christmas cactus in the dark?
Step 3: Move the Mature Cactus to a Dark Location In late September or early October, place the mature plant in a dark room or keep it covered (under a box or bag works fine) for at least 12 hours a day.
Can a Christmas cactus bloom in spring?
Unlike many other succulents, Christmas cactus can bloom again in spring if given the short days condition. Placing Christmas cactus into the east-facing window that receives abundant amounts of sunlight during the day and 12 hours of darkness each night can encourage the plant to flower again.
What’s wrong with my Easter cactus?
Water the plant carefully, as overwatering is the primary cause of problems for Easter cactus. Water the plant thoroughly, and then don’t water again until the top half of the soil feels dry. Always let the pot drain after watering, and then discard the excess water. Never allow the pot to stand in water.
Why does my Easter cactus not flower?
If the plant doesn’t form flowers it mean that the Easter cactus was kept in too little light and/or the night temperatures were too high. Don’t expose the plant to sudden changes in temperature or move it around too much. Doing this will cause the buds to drop before opening.
How often should I water my Easter cactus?
Water them anywhere from every 3-6 weeks depending on the temps, the mix it’s in & the size & type of pot it’s planted in. You want to keep the temps between 50 & 65 degrees F. 50-55 degrees is best at night. If your temps are warmer, they’ll require a longer period of darkness.
Will an Easter Cactus bloom at Christmas?
Christmas cactus blooms around the winter holidays. The Easter cactus plant blooms late winter to early spring. Both types have flattened stems, called segments, which are lightly serrated on the edges. The segments are actually the leaves of the plant.
What are the 3 types of Christmas cactus?
As I later learned from my good friend George Hochmuth, professor emeritus, University of Florida, there are actually three different holiday cacti: the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) and the Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri).
Why is my Christmas cactus blooming at Easter?
Blooms requires two things: cooler temperatures and long nights. These cacti are short-day plants, which means that blooms are triggered by long dark cool nights. They need between 14-16 hours of uninterrupted darkness and 8 hours of daylight for between 3 – 6 weeks to set flower buds.
Does Christmas cactus like sun or shade?
They prefer bright, indirect light. Full sun can cause the leaf segments to turn dark red as the plants begin to burn. The “trick” to getting Christmas cactus to bloom in the following years after purchase comes down to two things: light and temperature.
In general, water a Christmas cactus when the top inch or 2 of soil is dry. To help increase the humidity around your plant, fill the pot saucer with pebbles and add water to just below the tops of the pebbles (the pot shouldn’t be sitting directly in water). The air will become more humid as the water evaporates.
Are coffee grounds good for Christmas cactus?
Coffee is a trusted secret that many people use to keep their Christmas cactus healthy and blooming each year. Just make sure its plain black coffee. Find this Pin and more on Christmas cactus tips by Barbra Thelen-Byrnes.