A Christmas cactus that will flower just when you need it the most - during winter! Schlumbergera is a great succulent plant that doesn't have the spines that you might associate with a prickly cactus.
This is a house plant here in the UK.
Schlumbergera traditionally flowers at Christmas time, or at any period from November through to late January.
The flowers look highly exotic and this particularly variety flowers in a shade of PINK.
Easy to care for, Schlumbergera naturally grows in woodlands, attached to trees.
Therefore they like a semi-shady environment rather than the full sun desert atmosphere of many other cacti.
They do like high humidity, so keep moist and consider mounting the pot on a saucer of damp gravel.
Re-pot every second year in order to provide enough growing nutrients to maintain growth. This is ideally to be done at the end of March, which is the beginning of their growing season.
Add some grit or leafmould to the compost to help improve drainage.
Give the plant a resting period during the winter. Reduce the watering and reduce temperature if possible.
The plant comes in a 10cm pot, presented in a cellophane sleeve.