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Schlumbergera truncata 'White Christmas'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Schlumbergera (shlum-BER-ger-uh) (Info)
Species: truncata (trunk-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: White Christmas

Synonym:Zygocactus truncatus

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wnstarr On Nov 15, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
One really needs to remember that this is a succulent that grows in the tree tops in South America. It requires good drainage, bright indirect light in the Summer. It sets buds triggered by the shortening of daylight. To bloom at Thanksgiving to Christmas, provide natural light. If you have it in a room where you are turning on a light you will disrupt the cycle by turning on the light even if only for a minute. Does seem to prefer to be on the rootbound side. Easy to propagate, starts from leaf cuttings. Take cuttings of 3 segments long, let it heal (callous), pot in loose soil free mix and will take off in no time. Plant benefits from liquid fertilizer weekly during the growing period. Good luck, may yours be beautiful for the holidays.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cottonwood, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Clayton, California
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Ellabell, Georgia
Winchester, Kentucky
Youngsville, Louisiana
Washington, Pennsylvania
Edna, Texas
Houston, Texas
Puyallup, Washington

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