Schlumbergera x truncata

Thanksgiving cactus
Easiest of flowering houseplants or potted garden plants. Double pink to red flowers attract hummingbirds. Bright shade, good drainage, regular water in warm season, protect from frost.
height 6–18in
width 1–2ft
tolerates Pots
When soil is mostly dry.
Typically this plant wants to almost completely dry out. It comes from an area with predominantly summer rainfall and is actively growing during that time, when it is forgiving of overwatering errors. During winter dormancy it should be kept extra dry and will be intolerant of overwatering. This also helps with flower production.

Remember that if kept in a small pot your plant will want more frequent watering.
drainage In Pots: Cactus Mix, Orchid Bark
origin Brazil
17, 22–24, H2

Sunset Zones Map

Indoor Exposure Guide


Direct Sun
Beams of light hitting the plant near a window four or more hours a day. The most intense light. If you're in a direct sun spot, you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Partial Direct
Occurs when you have a plant that is in less intense direct sunlight. This happens when a plant is in a few hours of direct morning sun, or an hour or less of direct afternoon sun. It also happens when a plant is in direct sun, but more than six feet from a window, where the light is diffused.

Bright Indirect
This is just beyond the direct beam of light (or through cracked blinds or a sheer curtain filtering direct sun). Bright indirect areas are characterized by a place where you can sit and read a novel comfortably without artificial light.

Moderate Indirect
Beyond the bright indirect light. In these areas you wouldn't turn on a light walking through the room, but if you were hanging out there you would probably have the lights on, even during the day.

Low Light
Dim spots, usually the backs of rooms or hallways where you would always turn lights on, even if just walking in to grab something.


Growing Notes

This plant is not typically planted in the ground. Due to its epiphytic nature it excels mounted, in vertical walls, or pots.

Special Interest

What’s the difference between Thanksgiving cactus and Christmas cactus? They bloom around their named holiday, but beyond that Christmas cactus have red to white flowers, while Thanksgiving cactus have hot pink to red flowers with less white in them. Also, the Thanksgiving cactus has much longer pointier teeth.