There are several types of holiday cacti available to grow including Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, and Easter cactus. They’re very similar in appearance with the main difference being flowering time. Christmas cactus, as you may have guessed, blooms around the holidays. All of these plants provide plenty of festive colour but also make long-lived indoor plants, happily surviving for decades with minimal care.
Christmas cactus plants have oval-shaped leaf segments that arch up and cascade over the edge of the pot. In late fall, ruffly flowers emerge from the ends of the leaves in merry shades of red, pink, purple, orange, yellow and cream. When a mature Christmas cactus is in full bloom it resembles a shimmering waterfall!
Over the holidays, a Christmas cactus can be placed anywhere you’d like a pop of colour. As a long-term indoor plant, it grows best in bright, but not direct light. Keep soil dry to slightly moist. To gauge moisture level, stick your finger about an inch into the soil. If it’s dry an inch down, water.