No matter how long they’ve had one in their home, Christmas cacti continue to confound even the most experienced of house plant owners as to what they need to thrive.
Whether you have it all figured out or need to delve into our in-depth Christmas cactus care guide, there are a few things that Christmas cactus owners should be aware of.
So, let’s enhance your Christmas cactus knowledge with a few key facts that will help you keep your plant alive and well for many years to come.
1. It isn’t actually a cactus
The Christmas cactus is not a cactus, despite its common name. Members of the Schlumbergera family are not classified cacti despite the fact that they are succulents and store water in their leaves.
What exactly does this mean?
This, of course, means that they need more frequent watering and protection from the direct sunlight than would be required by a true cactus and that they are less tolerant of drought. In spite of their common association with the desert, Christmas cacti are actually tropical plants.