Schlumbergera truncata

Crab cactus

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Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour






Skill level


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Plant details

Schlumbergera are grown for their bright tubluar flowers, often appearing around Christmas, at the ends of flatten stems. They make excellent indoor plants and look very effective in hanging baskets. S. truncata has arching, bright green stem segments which are heavily notched. The flowers appear in late autumn to winter and are deep pink, red or white. Grow in cactus compost in bright but indirect sunlight. Apply a high potash fertiliser, such as tomato feed, every month during the growing season and reduce watering after flowering has finished.

Family: Cactaceae

Genus: Schlumbergera

Species: truncata

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

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