How to Care for Easter Cactus

Updated on March 5, 2018
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Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful things in the garden. Among other things, she has worked with a florist.

Easter Cactus thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. Unlike their desert cousins, Easter Cactus prefers cooler daytime temperatures.

Blooms range from light colors, such as white, pink, peach and lavender to deep colors, such as orange and red. If properly cared for, you can expect your plant to show flowers from spring to early summer.

How to Care for an Easter Cactus

The Easter Cactus is a fairly simple plant to care for:

Water sparingly, and allow the soil to dry between watering.

Prune spent flowers. Not only does this keep your plant looking nice but it may encourage new blooms.

How to Encourage Blooming

Easter Cactus won’t just bloom overnight. You have to start preparing your plant for blooming in the fall.

  1. Stop feeding your plant.
  2. Move the plant to a cool location, preferably where the temp will be between just above freezing to no more than 50 degrees F.
  3. Deprive the plant from light for 12 to 14 hours daily.
  4. Move the plant to a warmer location, about 60 to 65 degrees, in December, and avoid watering it. Like traditional cacti, the Easter Cactus can store water in its fleshy leaves.
  5. Expect your Easter Cactus to bloom around February or March.
  6. Fertilize monthly with a 10-10-10 food with a low nitrogen count, suggests Gardening Know How.
  7. Avoid overwatering the cactus, as standing water could lead to stem or root rot.

How to Grow from a Cutting

Growing a new Easter Cactus from a cutting is relatively simple and makes a great gift for a family member or friend. Wait until summer when the plant is no longer blooming, and follow the simple instructions below:

  1. Cut off a stem two to five segments long; be sure to use a clean knife or shears for best results.
  2. Set aside the cutting for a few days to dry out.
  3. Insert the segment- cut side down- into a pot filled with well-draining potting mix. GardenGuids.com suggests using a five-inch pot with at least one drainage hole if adding more than one cutting to the pot.
  4. Moisten the compost, but avoid over watering it.
  5. Push a few bamboo skewers into the pot, place the pot inside a large plastic bag and seal it. The skewers will keep the bag from collapsing onto the cutting. The sealed bag will keep the growing cactus in a humid environment.
  6. Place the pot in an area that received bright, indirect light during the day. Open the bag only when you notice extreme condensation. Close the bag when the condensation passes.
  7. Water the cuttings when you notice the soil surface becoming dry.

Helpful Tips

According to Gardening Know How, the Easter Cactus prefers to be pot-bound, but should be repotted every other year. Although you should add new soil, you can return the plant to the same pot.

Easter Cactus prefers some humidity. Place the plant on a saucer of pebbles and water. The indirect humidity through water evaporation will benefit the plant without drowning it.

Prune the plant annually after full flowering. Ensure that you prune outer leaflets symmetrically to help reduce the overall size and volume of the plant.

Helpful Resources

Gardening Know How: How to Care fro Easter Cactus Houseplants

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/easter-cactus/caring-for-easter-cactus.htm

Logee’s Growers: Growing Easter Cactus Successfully

https://www.logees.com/growingeastercactussuccessfully

Our House Plants: Easter Cactus

https://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/eastercactus

Garden Guides: How To Propagate Easter Cactus

https://www.gardenguides.com/121600-propagate-easter-cactus.html

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      • Tofiq Alam profile image

        Tofiq Alam 4 weeks ago

        nice

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        Tofiq Alam 4 weeks ago

        nice so beautiful

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        Sarah Spradlin 5 weeks ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

        I've never had an Easter cactus but now I might want one!

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        Thelma Alberts 7 weeks ago from Germany

        Thanks for the tips. I love Easter cactus.

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        Dora Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Beautiful and unique Easter article. Congratulations on your win!

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        renoelle 7 weeks ago

        Nice - I have a Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus) that blooms at Easter, but the flowers don't last as long as the Rhipsalidopsis. Congrats on your win.

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        Shauna L Bowling 7 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Diane, I just learned something new. I have Christmas cactus on my back porch (hot pink and red), but was unaware of the Easter cactus. Very cool!

        Congratulations on your win, Diane!

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