Christmas / Thanksgiving Cactus

Christmas and Thanksgiving Cactus

Thanksgiving Cactus

Our annual shipment of Thanksgiving Cactus has arrived! These easy-to-care-for succulents differ from their Christmas cousins in that they bloom in the late fall. We love that they bloom this time of year since not much else is in color; while Christmas has Amaryllis and Paperwhites, a Thanksgiving Cactus brightens up your home or office with colorful blooms around the end of November through the beginning of December. We have shades of pink, apricot, and white.

To care for your Thanksgiving Cactus, make sure it is in a bright location (at least eight hours of indirect sun) and let it dry out between waterings. In a typical house it will want water about once a week, but it will want more if you have a wood stove or very low humidity. If your home is cooler or humid it may want less water. Keep it above 55 degrees Fahrenheit at all times - even a short walk outside can damage this delicate tropical plant!

We offer Thanksgiving Cactus in four inch and six inch pots and in ten inch hanging pots in a variety of colors. We expect them within the week!

Christmas and Easter Cactus

Thanksgiving Cactus are often mislabelled as Christmas Cactus, but these two plants are not the same species and have some significant differences. Christmas Cacti (Schlumbergera bridgesii) bloom at the end of December, hence the name, alongside such holiday favorites as Amaryllis and Paperwhites. They also have different segment shapes. While the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) has a horned appearance, the Christmas Cactus has rounded edges and a more pendulous habit. There is also an Easter Cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) that blooms in the spring that has an even more rounded segment shape, bristles on the edges of its leaves, and a star-like flower.

We do not carry true Christmas or Easter Cacti, but they are easy to root from cuttings if you know someone who found one!