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Schlumbergera opuntioides

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Scientific Name

Schlumbergera opuntioides (Loefgr. & Dusén) D.R.Hunt

Synonyms

Epiphyllanthus obovatus, Epiphyllanthus opuntioides, Epiphyllum opuntioides, Zygocactus opuntioides

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Genus: Schlumbergera

Description

Schlumbergera opuntioides resembles other species of the genus Schlumbergera in that it has leafless green stems, made up of distinct segments, which act as photosynthetic organs. However, most other species have stems which are consistently strongly flattened, whereas in S. opuntioides, although young segments may be relatively flat, being up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide, but only up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) thick, the segments become more cylinder-shaped as they age, as well as becoming more woody. The plant may form a shrub up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. The flowers are pink to purple in color, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long and up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) in diameter.

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.

Don’t fall into the trap of constantly repotting into a bigger pot. Holiday Cactus likes to be root-bound, and repotting every 2-3 years (even back into the same pot) is plenty… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Holiday Cactus.

Origin

It is endemic to the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil where its natural habitats are humid forests and rocky areas.

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