Christmas Cactus vs Easter Cactus vsThanksgiving Cactus

April 20, 2014 – 06:41 am

There are three types of cacti that grow and bloom in three special occasions: a Christmas cactus, Easter cactus, and a Thanksgiving cactus. Each of these three groups has a very distinctive feature that made them different from one another. It is so amazing that the blossoms of these three groups of cacti become available only when the three special occasions are celebrated.

The Christmas cactus and Thanksgiving cactus are the same in terms of origin. Both came from the tropical forest of Brazil while the Easter cactus originated from the natural forest. But these three groups are all members of leaf cacti.

The difference between the Christmas cactus and the two is obviously the season of blooming. Aside from that, the method used in growing a Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus differs from the method used for the Easter cactus.

christmas-cactus58The former should be grown in a place with high and constant humidity while the latter requires a dry season.

The similarity of the three groups can be seen in the treatment they need during the blooming season. They all need a cool temperature in order for the flowers to maintain its beauty and avoid wilting. The color of the flowers is the same.

Regardless of the season, they can all produce the traditional fuchsia flowers and the hybrid white, yellow, and purple varieties. Any of the three types of cacti needs to be treated with a cool temperature before the blooming.

It is the easiest way to make the flower bloom. Cutting the stems can also propagate these three groups.

If you want to take care of a tropical plant that needs constant level of humidity and cooler temperature, you can go for the tropical plants. But you can actually have all of these three around your house. There are immediate remedies for issues of humidity, temperature and lightings.

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Hirt's Hirt's Yellow Christmas Cactus Plant - Zygocactus - 4" Decorative Pot Cover
Lawn & Patio (Hirt's)
  • Homegrown by Hirt s Gardens
  • With proper care will bloom between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Prefers some sun, water when dry
  • Makes a great gift. Easy to grow house plant
  • The plant you will receive is growing in a 4 inch pot with decorative pot cover. The color of the pot cover may vary.

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I have had Christmas cactus' for over 20 years now. Every May I pinch each stem back. Every one that gets pinched back will form a bloom. I fertilize with a weak solution of miracle grow each week when I water. However, as soon as the blossoms start to form, I water very little or else the blossoms will fall off. Mine bloom for me at Thanksgiving, again at Christmas, and then at easter. These blossom better if they are in a cooler room setting. It sets the blossoms. Last summer we had a few cooler nights and I had my plants outdoors for the summer, well it set the blossoms on them and they bloomed in August! I usually put my plants outdoors on the cooler fall nights just to set the blossoms before bringing them in for the winter

Thanksgiving bloomer.

My christmas cactus is about 8 yrs old and has always bloomed on Thanksgiving.My mom's plant (from which mine came from ) blooms at Christmas. She lives near me.
It always has tons of blooms ...I guess my ignoring it because of being busy has paid off because honestly it often looks dead before I get off my butt to water it.

How about poinsetta plants with gold bows

or gold and ruby bows
I know this picture does not show a pretty bow, but I love poinsetta plants AND right after Thanksgiving Costco and Sams Clubs sell HUGE Plants for almost nothing!
And you can give the plants away to special guests after the reception.
Also some Christmas cactus flowers are almost ruby colored

Who knows? Maybe for some bizarre reason

They didn't like the mention of Christmas Cactus. Maybe they feel that plants should be lay-only? (There's a word for that but I can't remember it.)
I had a couple of Christmas Cacti in my office. I brought them home, where they became Halloween Cacti. I put them outside this last spring and they became Thanksgiving Cacti who now look as if they may extend their run through Christmas.

I have an . . .

Easter, Thanksgiving, and a Christmas Cactus and never prune them back. They seem to prune themselves, dropping selected bracks, and new rich, full new growth begins. They only reason to prune them back is if the plants gets bigger than you want it to get. Then those cuttings can be easily rooted to make new plants. If the plant gets "leggy," it's usually because it's not getting enough light/dappled sun. Mine grow year round outdoors, hanging from an olive tree, and bloom profusely every year.

Hirt's Hirt's Orange Christmas Cactus Plant - Zygocactus - 4" pot
Lawn & Patio (Hirt's)
  • Easy to grow house plant
  • With proper care will bloom between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Prefers some sun
  • Water when dry
  • The plant you will receive is growing in a 4 pot, with multiple plants in the pot

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