Holiday Cactus


Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are tropical jungle cactus with an incredible floral display! These make fantastic holiday and every other occasion gifts as they are super easy to care for. Unlike most cacti and succulents we are familiar with that like direct light and dry dry soil, these cactus actually thrive in lower light and higher humidity! 

Place in a bright, filtered light window (no direct sun), and water when the top few inches of soil begin to feel dry. 

These plants tend to bloom only once a year and have a few requirements to make that happen: 

  • a cool night temperature between 50 to 55 degrees
  • 13 hours of uninterrupted darkness (if the temperature is between 55 and 70 degrees)
  • 15 hours of darkness (if the temperature is above 70 degrees)

If placed in a window or room that stays dark after the sun goes down, this should be a very easy list to complete, especially in Iowa!