Schlumbergera x buckeyi/Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera x buckeyi / Schlumbergera x buckeyi
At Christmas
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At Christmas

A white flowering variety

Flowers just beginning to open at Christmas season

Plant grown outdoors in zone 8 where it seldon need protection for freezes

At peak of bloom

Pink variety at peak of bloom during the Christmas season

Plant grown indoors less likely to drop flower buds when displayed inside at Christmas

Grown in a half basket that easily fit on a wall

Close-up view of flowers

White flowers can be quite showy

White flowers with stamen and pistil colors in good contrast

Beautiful pink flowers at Christmas time

Close view of flowers showing stigma, style and stamens

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Scientific Name: Schlumbergera x buckeyi
Common Name: Christmas Cactus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: Lavender
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: There are many selections of Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter Cacti. Thesee are normally grown as a flowering container plant during the holiday season, although gardeners quite frequently grow plants for many years in containers. It does exceptionally well in hanging baskets. Provide a well drained soil and direct sunlight during the morning hours if possible. Flowers when days are short and night temperature is cool to almost cold. Flower bud drop is common when plants are moved from one location to another during the flowering period.