We write a series of articles about beautiful houseplants, which give us a lot of pleasure with their beautiful flowers in winter. Undoubtedly, that is Christmas star The most popular flower in the Advent season worldwide and expresses the special anticipation of the big party everywhere. The Hellebore also impresses in December by its white flowers and the Christmas Cactus is in competition with her and charms young and old with its wonderful flowers.
Do you have a green thumb? Then you can properly care for the Christmas cactus!
A beautiful sight pleases eyes and soul!
The Christmas cactus (or officially the Schlumbergera) is blooming in winter, when other flowers have their resting phase. This popular houseplant belongs to the cactus family (Cactaceae), but does not bear spines. The Christmas cactus comes originally from the Brazilian jungles, where it grows among the tropical trees. Today's hybrids show us their beautiful blooms just at Christmas, which are colored in pink and red to orange, yellow and white.
Scaly interlocking flowers make a delightful picture in pink or red.
The shoots are flat and fleshy, usually hanging from the flower pot and offering a beautiful sight. The flowers are beautifully shaped, but not very durable. They stay vital for about five to six weeks. But that does not bother hobby gardeners, as they occur in large quantities, so it's safe to say that the heyday of the Schlumbergera lasts for weeks. Actually, one can clearly distinguish the following stages of development in this flower.
The flowering period lasts from November to January. During this time, the flower shows us its full bloom. It must be watered regularly during this time and fertilized once a week. The best room temperature would be between 10 degrees C and 23 degrees C. The Christmas cactus blooms in winter, when the days are shorter, because it needs at least eight hours of darkness every day during this development phase. The best location in this case is a cool bedroom or another place at home, where it is not particularly warm. Never place it on or over the heater, because the Christmas cactus does not like the direct heat.
After the flowering period, the plant has to rest for a while and now needs very little water and no fertilizers. The rest period usually lasts six weeks. From March, the vegetative growth phase begins. New shoots are coming out at this time, but the Schlumbergera is not budding now. The budding begins only in autumn, more precisely in early September. Then the impressive flowers grow, which then enchant us for Christmas.
The Christmas cactus is beautiful and easy to care for
The impressive flowers of the Schlumbergera bring color into the dull winter time
In order for you to have a well-kept Christmas cactus at home, you might want to follow the following practical tips, which we have made very briefly here:
Choose a light to partially shaded location for your plant, away from direct sunlight.
Never place them over the heater, the Christmas cactus does not like strong warming
Bring it outside in the summer, in the garden or on the terrace, but avoid the harsh summer sun.
Bring the plant back into the house when outside temperatures drop below 10 degrees Celsius.
The Christmas cactus likes slightly moist soil, without waterlogging.
For irrigation you need lime-free or softened water.
The Schlumbergera likes to be sprayed regularly with water.
The plant can be propagated by cuttings that are carefully planted in the soil so that they remain upright.
New shoots will come in four weeks.
You can transplant the Christmas cactus in spring.
We wish you a lot of fun with your Christmas cactus!
The color variety of the Schlumbergera is impressive!
Bring natural beauty into your interior!
Avoid direct sunlight!
The color palette of the flowers ranges from pink to red to orange and yellow.
Maintain the Christmas cactus properly and he will thank you with his wonderful flowers.