Holiday Cacti are considered as one of the most beautiful plants in nature. They are known for their colorful flowers and they have been used since ancient times to decorate homes, churches, temples and other places of worship. There are many types of holiday cacti available today. Some types are very popular while others may not be so popular at all but there’s no denying that these kinds of cacti are truly beautiful.
The Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
Christmas cacti are among the most popular types of cacti. These types of cacti come in a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, green and blue. They’re usually quite easy to grow and require little attention or care.
However, they do need regular watering during hot weather months. If you want to give your Christmas cacti a new look, try adding some white flowers to them.
Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera)
Thanksgiving cacti are another popular type of holiday cacti. Thanksgiving cacti come in various colors such as pink, purple, brown and black. They’re generally easier to grow than Christmas cacti and require less care because they don’t need much water or sunlight.
When grown from seeds, Thanksgiving cacti are usually highly variable in color.
Easter Cactus (Rhipsalidopsis)
Easter cacti are very small types of cacti and they also produce colorful flowers. They’re not very common and not many people have them in their homes but they’re really easy to grow, especially if you want to grow them to give as gifts to someone. The flowers that they produce are usually yellow, white, brown, pink or purple in color.
Epiphany Cactus (Mammillaria)
Epiphany cacti are not as common as other types of holiday cacti but they’re certainly worth looking into if you’re interested in growing them. They usually grow to be quite large at around 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide. They are also available in many different colors.
Care for these types of cacti is moderate and you should make sure not to let the soil become dry.
New Year Cactus (Miltonia)
These cacti bloom at the start of the new year and their flowers are usually white or yellow in color. They grow to be quite large and can reach up to 1 foot tall. They’re easy to care for but you should remember not to over water them.
Other types of cacti that bloom around the new year are the Valentine cacti and the Easter cacti.
Halloween Cactus (Schlumbergera)
Halloween cacti, more commonly known as devil’s tongue, are a type of holiday cacti that bloom around the time of Halloween. Their flowers are usually yellow, orange or red in color. They’re often used for decoration during this period and their flowers will change from a lighter color to a darker color as they age.
Cinco de Mayo Cactus (Rhipsalis)
These types of holiday cacti are native to Central America and they usually bloom around the time of the Cinco de Mayo festival. The flowers that these cacti produce are usually yellow or pink in color and they only grow to be around 2 inches tall. They’re really easy to care for and they can survive without direct sunlight.
Chinese New Year Cactus (Maihuenia)
These types of holiday cacti are native to Argentina and Paraguay. They bloom at the start of the Chinese New Year and their flowers are usually red or purple in color. To properly care for these types of cacti, make sure that the soil is dry before you water them again and keep them in places without direct sunlight.
At Home With Holidays & More will be able to supply you with all of the holiday cacti that you need. We also have other types of cacti and succulents available at our online store. If you ever have any questions about your plants, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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