Beautiful Christmas Cactus House Plants
There is nothing like having luscious house plants at home, that soothe your senses, and make for an inviting ambiance. There are many choices when it comes to house plants. One of the most popular is Christmas cactus house plants. These popular, winter-flowering house plants makes a great addition to nearly any indoor setting. The correct botanical name for Christmas cacti is Schlumbergera. It is a hybrid of the Schlumbergera truncata and Schlumbergera russelliana. This type of cactus has been a holiday houseplant since the 1800s. It is a tropical cactus plant that requires care that is completely different than that of a regular cactus. Christmas cacti are given their name because, when properly cared for, they are in full bloom during the holiday months. During the fall months, maintaining the correct temperature is crucial. It is important to keep the temperature in the house around 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius). The Christmas cactus should be kept away from heat vents and doors that open to the outside of the house. Areas of extreme heat or cold must be avoided or the plant will not bloom.
Proper light is crucial to getting the Christmas cactus house plants to bloom during the holidays. The cactus should be placed in an area that receives indirect bright light during the day. At night, the cactus needs complete darkness. This means that the room must not have any light at all, including lamps, night lights or television. When watering a Christmas cactus, the same guidelines for watering any other tropical plant should be followed. The cactus should be watered thoroughly and the soil allowed to dry. When the top 1 inch (2.54 cm) of soil is dry, it can be watered again. During the fall and winter, it should be watered less frequently.