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Epiphytic Easter Cactus

Ah, the Easter cactus! Spring flowers abound from this succulent. Named after the flowering season, it is a popular plant for indoor gardeners. You may have heard of similar plants, namely the Christmas cactus and the Thanksgiving cactus. They also bloom around the holiday, which is designated by their common name.

Even if it does not bloom, the Easter cactus is a force. Long narrow “arms” start from the base of the plant. Fleshy leaf pads replace the leaves of this plant, and it is from these pads that flowers bloom.

Everyone has heard about these holiday cacti, but today we are going to talk about how best to care for them. You can develop a succulent collection that will bloom a little all year round!

All about the Easter cactus

Don’t confuse this one with the Christmas cactus or the Thanksgiving cactus. The Easter cactus is a different species.however, the Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti all belong to the same genus: Schlumbergera.

There is some confusion about this, because the Easter cactus was once known as Hatiora gaertneri, but is now classified as Schlumbergera gaertneri. It is sometimes called the Pentecostal cactus.

Not only can you distinguish an Easter cactus until the flowering of Thanksgiving cacti and Christmas cacti, but there are also morphological differences between these holiday cacti. The edges of the leaves of the Thanksgiving cactus are strongly pointed and those of the Christmas cactus are teardrop-shaped. Easter cacti have a very rounded leaf edge.

The natural coloring of the flowers of the Easter cactus is Red. Thanks to the crossing with Hatiora rosea, there are hybrids with pink and white flowers. But this spring cactus usually produces vibrant scarlet flowers!

There are fewer thorns on these cacti, and gardeners are grateful for this! Their natural environment is also very different from other cacti. It is native to the Brazilian subtropical rainforests. There he lives like an epiphyte in trees and on rocky outcrops.

Sometimes Schlumbergera gaertneri can be a bit difficult. It is a little more difficult to maintain than your Christmas cactus or your Thanksgiving cactus. However, with proper care, your plant can bloom a second time not only at Easter, but during the summer months.

Caring for the Easter cactus

Let’s discuss the subtleties of growing the Easter cactus. Although it is certainly not impossible, this spring cactus prefers certain specific conditions!

Light And Temperature

Bright but indirect sunlight is ideal for your Easter cactus. Do not forget that these are epiphytes that usually grow on branches. Semi-shaded environments are perfect. As long as there is plenty of natural light for 10 to 12 hours a day, they will continue to thrive.

Avoid direct sunlight, especially during the hottest period of the day. Direct sunlight can cause sunburn on the delicate spring cactus pads.

The Easter cactus also tends to be a little picky about the weather. Unlike a desert cactus, it prefers cooler temperatures. Nighttime lows should reach 55 to 60 degrees. Daytime temperatures can reach the 80s, but this plant prefers the 70-degree range. Needless to say, inside it’s easier to keep the right scope!

During the winter months, you need to give these plants at least 12-14 hours of darkness a day. This encourages them to rest before bursting into spring bloom. This period of darkness is also essential for Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti.

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