Is Thanksgiving Cactus different than Christmas Cactus?

I bought a plant that has a card saying it’s a Thanksgiving Cactus. How is a Thanksgiving Cactus different than a Christmas Cactus? Is the care different? How do I get it to flower.

Hi Caroline,
Pink Thanksgiving Cactuse

Thanksgiving Cactus

Just like the names say, Thanksgiving Cactus, Schlumbergera truncata, blooms around Thanksgiving. Christmas Cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, blooms around Christmas.

The leaves of a Thanksgiving Cactus are flat and wide with serrations on the leaf edges. The leaves of a Christmas Cactus have smoother edges.

Both Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus are easy care plants that can bloom for many weeks. There are several things that play a key role in helping a Thanksgiving Cactus to bloom at the right time. It is a thermo-photoperiodic plant, so starting about 4-6 weeks before you want it to bloom, it needs 12 hours a day of light and 12 hours a day of total darkness. During this time, the ideal night- time temperature should be 50-60 degrees. Reduce your watering slightly and do not soak the soil, only moisten the top few inches.  Although a Thanksgiving Cactus needs fertilizer when actively developing leaves, once the buds appear, do not feed the plant. Remove dead flowers to help the plant continue to bloom.