• Schlumbergera truncata
  • Schlumbergera truncata
  • Schlumbergera truncata
  • Schlumbergera truncata
    Schlumbergera truncata
    Schlumbergera truncata

Schlumbergera truncata

Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: In stock

£6.99

Quick Overview

  • Epiphytic Brazilian cactus
  • Flattened leaf-like cladodes
  • Exquisite pink flowers with long stamens
  • Indirect light with good drainage
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Description

Schlumbergera truncata, Christmas Cactus is an epiphytic cactus from the coastal mountains of southeast Brazil where is grows in trees and on rock surfaces. A well-known cactus that has been in cultivation as a houseplant for over a hundred years, it has flattened leaf-like cladodes and eventually (after any years) forms a short woody stem. Although the cladodes are frost-tender these woody segments are extremely tough and will survive sub-zero temperature. However, although making a great summer epiphyte in a semi-shady location, it is not a plant that should be left outdoors through winter and needs to be brought inside in late summer before it goes into its flowering cycle. Schlumbergera truncata responds to shortening daylight hours in the autumn to reliably produce its stunning pink flowers with distinctively long stamens. It has been called Christmas Cactus as it approximates its flowering time but the American common name of Thanksgiving Cactus is more accurate as the buds usually start appearing in November and open in the second to third week of November.

As it grows, the foliage forms an arching habit and makes Schlumbergera truncata ideal either in a terracotta pot or in a hanging container.

 

Additional Information

Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae
Sub-Family Cactoideae
Synonyms Cactus truncatus, Cereus truncatus, Cereus truncatus var. altensteinii, Epiphyllum altensteinii, Epiphyllum elegans, Epiphyllum guedneyrii, Epiphyllum purpurascens, Epiphyllum ruckeri, Epiphyllum ruckerianum, Epiphyllum salmoneum, Epiphyllum smithianum, Epiphyllum truncatum, Epiphyllum truncatum var. altensteinii, Epiphyllum truncatum var. wagneri, Epiphyllum violaceum, Schlumbergera truncata var. altensteinii, Zygocactus truncatus
Geographical Origin Brazil: Rio de Janeiro
Cultivation Partial filtered sun to shade. Free-draining soil but more organic material than for desert cacti. Ideal as a summer epiphyte in the nook of a tree. Otherwise grow as a houseplant in a pot or a hanging pot. Water sparingly after flowering has finished
Eventual Height 60cm
Eventual Spread 90cm
Hardiness Tender

Schlumbergera truncata

Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: In stock

£6.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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