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Hatiora x graeseri – Easter Cactus

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Scientific Name

Hatiora х graeseri (Werderm.) Barthlott ex D.R.Hunt

Common Names

Easter Cactus, Whitsun Cactus, Holiday Cactus

Synonyms

Rhipsalidopsis х graeseri, Rhipsaphyllopsis graeseri, Rhipsalis graeseri, Hatiora gaertneri x rosea

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Rhipsalideae
Genus: Hatiora

Description

Hatiora x graeseri is a freely branching, shrubby, pendent cactus, producing stems with flat, mid-green segments. It produces red, pink or white flowers. Hatiora gaertneri has been artificially crossed with a pink-flowered species Hatiora rosea, to form the hybrid Hatiora x graeseri, cultivars of which have flowers in a wider range of colours.

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How to Grow and Care

These plants are easy to grow and are often passed down through the generations. With Holiday Cactus, the million-dollar question isn’t how to grow it, but how to make it bloom. With a little extra attention during the fall months, you can have your plants blooming for the holidays. Don’t expose these plants to freezing temperatures! Despite their love of cooler temperatures, they are still tropical plants that won’t withstand freezing conditions. They like about 50-60% humidity, which can be achieved using a pebble tray. Never place your Holiday Cactus near a heat register, exterior door, or drafty window, and keep it out of burning sunlight… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Holiday Cactus.

Origin

A hybrid between Hatiora gaertneri and Hatiora rosea.

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