Christmas cacti are a very popular houseplant—and for good reason! When they bloom, they produce colorful, tubular flowers in pink or lilac colors. These beautiful flowers, their long bloom time, and easy care requirements make them a wonderful plant. We’ll bet someone in your family has a Christmas cactus!
Unlike many other cacti, Christmas cacti and their relatives don’t live in arid environments. Their natural habit is one of an epiphyte living in tree branches in the rain forests of Brazil! In other words, they prefer a humid climate, not a dry one, so it’s important to water these cacti more regularly than most succulents. (See more details below.)
Note that there are several types of holiday cacti: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. They typically bloom closest to the holiday of their name. Christmas cacti have flattened leaves with rounded teeth on the margins of the leaves, as opposed to the Thanksgiving cacti, which have pointed teeth. Easter cacti also have rounded leaves, but their flowers are broader and almost daisy-like, whereas the flowers of the other cacti are tubular.
To confuse matters further, most of the Christmas cacti sold are actually Thanksgiving cactus. If you find your Christmas cactus blooming near Thanksgiving, guess what?