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The Christmas cactus is also known as the Easter cactus or Thanksgiving cactus. The scientific name of the plant is Schlumbergeras bridgessii. This popular winter plant adds up to the beauty of any indoor setting. The plant can be also used as a gift. It is easy to grow and propagate.
The Christmas cactus is scientifically known as Schlumbergeras bridgessii. It is also known as Easter cactus or Thanksgiving cactus.
The plant is widely grown in the temperate climate because of the attractive flower it produces.
The Christmas cactus is fairly easy to grow and maintain.
The plant produces bright pink coloured flowers during the winter season.
The plant grows well in a temperature range of 15 to 21 degrees Celsius or 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The plant should be protected from excessive frost and freezing temperatures as they can cause defoliation of leaves.
The Christmas cactus plant can grow to a height of several meters approximately a height of 1.20 metres or 4 feet.
The Christmas cactus plant can grow well in fertile soil that has a high content of organic matter.
The plantation should be done in the soil has good drainage abilities in order to prevent root rot.
The plant prefers slightly sandy soil.
Best results are seen in the exposure of the plant to bright sun.
The plant should be kept in a well-lit area but away from direct sunlight.
The Christmas cactus has moderate water requirements,
The plant should be liberally supplied with water during the summer but during winter the amount of watering may be reduced to half.
The soil should be always moist. Watering may be avoided when there is natural rainfall.
The plant should be fertilised regularly to aid growth and produce more flowers.
Any organic fertiliser can be supplied to the Christmas cactus plant.
Adding additional compost helps to grow a denser bunch of flowers in a small duration of time.
The plant is generally grown for ornamental purposes as it produces bright pink coloured flowers.
The plant can be also used as a gift plant.
Placing a tray of pebbles under the Christmas cactus plant is considered to be an ideal way of adding more humidity to the homes.