8 Fascinating Facts About Christmas Cactus 

The Christmas cactus flowers best when slightly potbound and rarely needs repotting. (No more than every three years) Repot your cactus when it's done blooming. 

Don’t Worry About Repotting

Allan Cunningham was the first botanist to collect and document Christmas cactus during an expedition to Brazil in the early 1800s. 

Christmas Cactus History

Two great spots to enjoy the cascading stems of a blooming Christmas cactus during the holidays are right on the table or hanging from above. 

Flowering Holiday Centerpiece

Get your cactus blooming by keeping it in uninterrupted darkness for 14 hours. 

These Plants Need Darkness to Bloom

Christmas cacti tolerate cool indoor temperatures, but require at least 50 degree Fahrenheit. 

Protect Your Plant from Cold

Share your Christmas cactus with friends and family by burying a three-segment-long stem in well-drained potting mix. Water gently and it should root in four weeks. 

Root Cuttings of a Christmas Cactus

Christmas cacti are popular indoor plants but they can be grown outdoors in zones 9 to 11 if they are protected from hard freezes. 

Plant Outdoors in Southern Zones

This Christmas cactus fact is incredible. These plants can live decades with proper care. This Montana family has passed down the same Christmas cactus for 145 years!

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