Holiday cacti: Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus and Easter cactus

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Holiday cacti: Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus and Easter cactus


Julie Weisenhorn and Mary Meyer


Identification, care and solutions to common problems associated with growing holiday cacti (Schlumbergera bridgesii, S. truncata and Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri syn. Hatiora gaertneri) as houseplants.

Learning goals for the item

How to differentiate between these plants;
How to promote blooming;
Proper care (especially watering);

Appropriate audience

General public, home gardeners, garden center employees, floral store employees, Extension Master Gardeners

A list of references (key references - cited or suggested)

Klingman, G., Easter Cactus: Plant of the Week, University of Arkansas Extension Ornamentals Extension News. Accessed 15 December 2015.

Poole, R.T. et. al Holiday Cactus Production Guide. Accessed 14 December 2015. IFAS Central Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida.

A list of credits (if appropriate)

Just the authors as noted

Keywords (separate keywords or phrases with a comma)

Houseplants, indoor plants, holiday plants, Christmas cactus, flowers, Thanksgiving cactus, Easter cactus

Review Summary

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter cacti have long been popular houseplants and holiday gifts. This Extension fact sheet explains the identification, care, and potential problems and solutions for Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), and Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri syn. Hatiora gaertneri) in the home. The information is well organized, appropriately presented, and nicely illustrated. The information is well suited for home gardeners and garden center and floral shop employees.

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“Holiday cacti: Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus and Easter cactus,” ASHS HortIM™, accessed July 16, 2019,


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