- Schlumbergera truncata - Christmas Cactus
Schlumbergera truncata - Christmas Cactus
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.
Schlumbergera truncata is an epiphytic forest cactus from the Cactaceae family. It grows in coastal parts of south eastern Brazil. This plant has beautiful arching stems with flattened segments. Schlumbergera truncata are called 'Christmas Cactus' because of the time of year they bloom. The genus name honors Frederick Schlumberger, Belgian horticulturist.
Pot size: 12cm
Foilage size: 25cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideally 12-21°C but during resting period 10-12°C.
Light: Schlumbergera truncata grows best in light shade. Full sunlight is beneficial in midwinter, but bright sun during the summer months can make plants look pale and yellow.
Watering: Water the growing medium when it is dry to the touch. S.truncata is tolerant of dry, slightly under-watered conditions.
Air humidity: This plant enjoys higher humidity, mist frequently, use a humidifier or group together with other plants.
November, December and January is the flowering period, water normally and maintain a minimum temperature of 12°C. February and March is the resting period, keep at 10-12°C. April and May water thoroughly when soil dries out. June-mid September temperatures 21-26°C. Mid September-mid November temperatures 12-18°C and 13 hours of darkness will aid development of buds.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.