4.5" Schlumbergera x buckleyi
Not a traditional desert cactus and requires soil to be kept moist but not soggy. Overwatering causes floppy stems and leaves whereas under-watering causes leave and stems to shrivel.
In October, to promote flower bud formation, do not water. Water in November until the plant has finished blooming (end of January or so). Once finished, withhold water for six weeks. Top with new, well-draining soil or repot during this time. Resume watering after six weeks, keeping the soil evenly moist without making it soggy. Allow top to dry between waterings.
Cacti are members of the Cactaceae family – boasting thousands of species that have made their way into people’s homes one way or another. The most popular Cacti houseplants are categorized into two distinct groups – desert cacti and forest cacti. The former are the spiky ones that Wile E Coyote has a love-hate relationship with, while the latter are ones that grow in rain forests and look quite different than their usually spikey aplomb (i.e., Christmas Cactus). Desert Cacti are the toughest of houseplants – like cockroaches, they’d probably survive nuclear doom – but let’s not find out. Unusual, unique and elegant, you’ll encounter cacti of all shapes and sizes, and they make for lovely housewarming gifts for the novice plant daddy/mommy in the making.