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.
The Easter Cactus is a fairly simple plant to care for:
Easter Cactus won’t just bloom overnight. You have to start preparing your plant for blooming in the fall.
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:
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Question: Can I put my Easter Cactus plant outside in the summer?
Answer: You sure can! In fact, it's recommended that you expose it to outside conditions sometime between June and August (but in a shady location) to help hardy-up the plant for future growth. Putting the plant outdoors for a bit will likely boost bloom growth as well. Just don't forget to bring it indoors before the weather gets too cool.
Question: I live in South Dakota where it’s dark in winter months and have no good window space. Can I use a light for my Easter Cactus?
Answer: Growing cactus with a plant light can be difficult, but not impossible. According to Cactiguide.com, you'll need about 100W per square foot though, and the price of a lighting kit can be quite expensive.
Question: Do Easter Cactus get any diseases?
Answer: Like other succulents, Easter cactus suffer mainly from forms of rot, which is easily controlled with proper watering habits.
Water plants early in the day so that the soil had time to dry before temperatures drop too low. Only water when the top portion of soil is dry to the touch, and avoid over-watering.
Question: Can I use moss instead of pebbles for plant moisture?
Answer: I don't see why not, just make sure the moss has plenty of moisture to allow natural evaporation into the easter cactus. Setting the plant on pebbles typically allows you to control water levels better (and allows you to see when you need to add more to the tray though).
© 2018 Diane Lockridge
Tofiq Alam on April 21, 2018:
Tofiq Alam on April 21, 2018:
nice so beautiful
Sarah Spradlin from Little Rock, Arkansas on April 17, 2018:
I've never had an Easter cactus but now I might want one!
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 03, 2018:
Thanks for the tips. I love Easter cactus.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 03, 2018:
Beautiful and unique Easter article. Congratulations on your win!
renoelle on April 03, 2018:
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.
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 02, 2018:
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!