Tim’s Plant Pick of the Week – Holiday Cactus

Tim’s ears get chilly every time he sees the explosion of flowers on this Holiday Cactus, his Plant Pick of the Week. This group of plants is called Holiday Cactus because they bloom during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter seasons. These cacti are epiphytes, non-parasitic plants that grow not in soil, but on another plant or structure. Varieties of Bromeliads, Air plants, and Orchids also fall into this category. In the wild, Holiday Cacti are found clinging to rain forest rocks and trees, thriving on the minimal light that filters down through the canopy. They will grow in pots, but having excellent drainage and a light airy soil are critical to success. Bright morning light works best, and closer to its blooming season, you may have to help it along by keeping it in the dark for part of each day. Unlike their desert-dwelling cousins, these cacti need to be kept damp, allowing them to dry slightly between waterings. You can easily take cuttings, re-pot, and brighten up the lives of your friends and family with their own baby Holiday Cactus. For more instant gratification, stop by our gift shop to see the reds, pinks and whites we have in stock, and while you’re here, say hello to Tim and his earmuffs!