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Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergia truncatus
Interior Potted Plants

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Schlumbergia truncatus

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Schlumbergia truncatus Plant Information

Scientific Name: Schlumbergia truncatus
Common Name: Christmas cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Suggested Uses: interior rotational color, hanging baskets, perennials
Plant Form: cascading
Height: 1 foot
Spread: 1 foot
Foliage: branching epiphyte with flattened joints

dark and glossy green
Flower: showy red, purple, or white blooms
Bloom Period: Winter - Spring
Light Requirement: medium exposure
Water: medium water requirement

allow soil to dry slightly between waterings
Soil: well-drained
Heat Tolerance: medium heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 10 - 11
Maintenance: allow temperatures at night to drop slightly to induce flowering
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot and slugs

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