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Holiday Cactus

English Name

Schlumbergera

Scientific Name

Description

Named after Frederick Schlumberger, a Belgian amateur gardener of the 18th and 19th centuries. There are many coloured hybrid Shlumbergeras to choose from. Some have rounded stem segments, others have more pointed type. The flowers also differ considerably in shape and flower colour may be white, pink or red. The many hybrids of Schlumbergeras all flower in mid Winter, but another species known as Easter Cactus, blooms in Spring.

Brazil

Origin

Cactaceae

Family

50°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

8" - 1'

Height (feet/inches)

10" - 1'3"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Winter & Spring

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Colors

Watering

Water well whenever the compost shows signs of drying out during late Spring and late Summer. Keep dry in Autumn and water again in Winter to encourage flower production.

Feeding

Feed monthly with high potash fertilizer once a month in Summer. Do not feed while flowering.

Repotting

Re-pot after flowering every other year using peat based compost. Handle root ball carefully as they dislike having their roots disturbed.

Propagation

When the plant is not in flower take cuttings from 2 segments cutting at joint with sharp knife. Dust both cut ends with hormone rooting powder containing fungicide and leave to dry for 2 days. Place cuttings gently into almost dry soilless compost, plant them 1 cm deep. Water after 2 weeks.

Cultivation

Place Shlumbergera in a shady spot outdoor between late Spring and Summer, but move them back indoors before the cold weather starts. Once indoors, keep it cool and dry until the buds appear. Make sure the plant is not subject to artificial light at this time, otherwise flowering may be upset.

Tips

To combat pests use insecticide and to prevent the orange spotting use a systemic fungicide 2-3 times a year.

Care

Flower buds drop off after they have formed. This can result from such causes as draughts, sudden changes of temperature or either dried out or waterlogged roots. Another possibility if the plant is turned around when buds are small, the effort for the buds themselves to try to face the light, will weaken them.

Decorate

Ideal for hanging basket or on a shelf in dining room, lounge or kitchen.

Humidity

Spray at least once a week to keep plant fresh and dust free. Spray with distilled or rainwater more often in warm weather, in the evenings.

Soil

Cactus and succulent compost.



Did you know?

Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.