Schlumbergera truncata red Thanksgiving Cactus
(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout . The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
It takes very little effort to get your Christmas cactus to flower at the right time. It requires ample summer water and partial shade but allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. The Christmas cactus is a short-day bloomer. Remember that the shortening days of September and October are what trigger the flowering cycle. Allow also temperatures at night to drop slightly to induce flowering. During the flowering cycle, keep your Christmas cactus moist (but not soggy). After the blossoms have fallen off you should back off on the water for a couple of months. If it needs repotting, this is the time to do it. Christmas cacti won't want a normal cactus soil but will prefer to be in a soil containing sphagnum. This type of soil would normally be used for orchids, bromeliads or other epiphytic plants. The Shlumbergera drop their buds easily if they are moved. Once flower buds have formed, DO NOT MOVE the plant, as slight changes in environment may cause the buds to drop. These forest cacti tend to be long lived.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz