Easter or Spring Blooming Cactus

I have a plant that I thought was a Christmas Cactus even though the leaves looked a little different than my other Christmas cactus, but it never bloomed in December. I just looked at it and it has lots of buds, but now I’m not sure what it is???

Hi Tony,


Deep pink Easter Cactus

Easter Cactus

Your plant is called an Easter or Spring Cactus and it is a cousin of the Christmas Cactus. An Easter Cactus blooms during March and April is a little more finicky than a Christmas Cactus. here are a few care tips.

Light: Medium light and no direct sun. Too much bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. causes the leaves to get a reddish color (sort of pretty).

Water: Keep the soil slightly moist but never soggy. If the plant totally dries out, leaf segments fall off.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Feed monthly with a balanced plant food when the plant is actively growing. I dilute my plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength.