General Care for Schlumbergera truncata “Christmas Cactus”
Schlumbergera truncata is a popular succulent, due in part to how easy it is to care for. There are a few crucial steps that new succulent owners often neglect, which can lead to “Christmas Cactus” not thriving as well as it could.
Many new “Christmas Cactus” owners tend to flood their plant with water every day or two, treating it like a typical houseplant. It’s important to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Just like any other succulent, it’s important to replace the original soil your Schlumbergera truncata is planted in. “Christmas Cactus” is usually planted in the same nursery soil as other plants, but it needs a well-draining soil.
Where to Plant
Schlumbergera truncata thrives indoors. It requires light shade, making it perfect for a windowsill. It is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors.