Christmas Cactus

by Alyson Mowat Studio

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Description

You might think a cactus makes for an unusual Christmas plant, but when the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessii) is covered in blooms, it is a most welcome sight in the middle of winter. Unlike the desert-loving cacti many of us are used to, Christmas cactus is a native of tropical rainforests and needs regular water, to remain healthy. The flattened leaves are actually stemmed segments that hang and drape from containers and baskets. The flowers will form at the ends of these stems, so the more stems your plant has, the more flowers. Here’s what your Christmas cactus needs to grow well. Light: They prefer a diffused light, although Christmas cacti sitting in a bright chilly window have been known to bloom profusely. They are very adaptable at adjusting to growing conditions. Water: Water the plant thoroughly, allowing the excess water to run out through the drainage hole. Allow the soil to dry almost completely between waterings. Never let the soil sit wet. You will know if the soil is too dry when the leaves start to pucker and shrivel. Humidity: The Christmas cactus also needs humidity, especially when grown in the dry conditions of heated homes. Either mist it or place a tray of pebbles sitting in the water underneath the plant. Do not let the water touch the bottom of the pot.

How to care for your plants

  • Delivered via overnight courier, safely packed and wrapped upright in a box.

  • Your plant’s pot should have holes in the bottom so it is able to drain water easily.

  • If reusing a pot that had other plants in it, it is recommended you wash the pot, killing any mould or bacteria.

  • Do not over water your plant as the roots will rot.

  • Most plants need to be kept by a good source of natural light.

  • You should fertilise your plant every two months. You can use all purpose fertiliser.

  • Any dead or fallen leaves should be removed to prevent bacteria and mould. Dead branches should also be removed.

Christmas Cactus

by Alyson Mowat Studio

[[ productPrice|currency("GBP") ]]

All of our artisans are local, so to ensure this product is available to your delivery address, please enter a full UK delivery postcode below. eg. W1K 2TJ

Description

You might think a cactus makes for an unusual Christmas plant, but when the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessii) is covered in blooms, it is a most welcome sight in the middle of winter. 

Unlike the desert-loving cacti many of us are used to, Christmas cactus is a native of tropical rainforests and needs regular water, to remain healthy.

The flattened leaves are actually stemmed segments that hang and drape from containers and baskets. The flowers will form at the ends of these stems, so the more stems your plant has, the more flowers. 

Here’s what your Christmas cactus needs to grow well.

Light: They prefer a diffused light, although Christmas cacti sitting in a bright chilly window have been known to bloom profusely. They are very adaptable at adjusting to growing conditions.

Water: Water the plant thoroughly, allowing the excess water to run out through the drainage hole. Allow the soil to dry almost completely between waterings. Never let the soil sit wet. You will know if the soil is too dry when the leaves start to pucker and shrivel.

Humidity: The Christmas cactus also needs humidity, especially when grown in the dry conditions of heated homes. Either mist it or place a tray of pebbles sitting in the water underneath the plant. Do not let the water touch the bottom of the pot.
Alyson Mowat

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Alyson Mowat Studio

I founded my botanical studio in 2013. Prior to this I moved from South Africa to London training and working as a graphic designer, then studying…
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