Schlumbergera / Hatiora gaertneri

Schlumbergera / Hatiora gaertneri

Schlumbergera / Hatiora gaertneri, known as Christmas cactus or Easter cactus, is a perennial succulent native to the humid mountain forests of south-eastern Brazil. This popular indoor plant has an articulated and flat stem with notched edges. The segments of the stems have a white wool and a few brownish or yellowish bristles. The scarlet, funnel shaped flowers form areoles at the tips and stem joints. These flowers will produce oblong red berries bearing brown seeds of about 1 mm of diameter.


Common Name Christmas cactus, Easter cactus
Botanical nameSchlumbergera / Hatiora gaertneri
Life CyclePerennial
Basic ColourScarlet
Height20 -> 65 cm
HabitatSub-topical forests, on trees
Altitude300 – 1300 m
Bloom TimeNovember – April
Plant TypeCactus, Succulents, Ornamental, Indoor
Fruit TypeBerry
different tolerancesHardy
Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesOrnamental
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USDA Zone10 (-1), 11 (+4)
Sun ExposurePart sun, Full shade
Soil pHNeutral
Soil MoistureMoist, drained
Soil Type Sandy, Silty, Stony, Peaty
PropagationBy sowing, by Cuttings
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  1. I have an Easter Cactus that’s less than a year old I’ve been watering it keeping it moist it gets filtered sunlight through a South window and it’s still all rolled up and withered looking it’s in it’s in Cactus soil I’m not really sure what I’m doing wrong can you please help me

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