Hatiora Species, Easter Cactus, Holiday Cactus, Whitsun Cactus

Hatiora gaertneri

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hatiora (hat-ee-OR-uh) (Info)
Species: gaertneri (gert-NER-ee) (Info)
Synonym:Epiphyllopsis gaertneri
Synonym:Rhipsalidopsis gaertner
Synonym:Schlumbergera gaertneri


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:



Scarlet (dark red)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Brea, California

Castro Valley, California

Clayton, California

Fremont, California

Garden Grove, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

Spring Valley, California

Van Nuys, California

Smyrna, Delaware

Dunnellon, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Solon, Iowa

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Geismar, Louisiana

Richmond, Maine

Cumberland, Maryland

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Trenton, New Jersey

Desoto, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

La Porte, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 11, 2016, HorseyGirl from Dunnellon, FL wrote:

Looking to get one of these plants. If anyone has a good cutting or plant they would like to sell please contact me. If in Florida depending on location I maybe able to pick up. Thank you very much. Happy Gardening to everyone.


On Jul 5, 2015, Mark_B from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

It'll grow in well-draining soil that's half perlite or pumice. Preferably use potting soil instead of cactus soil, because cactus soil mix isn't rich enough. Throw in some perlite and peat moss to make the soil a little on the acidic side.


On Nov 27, 2009, gardenbugde from Smyrna, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased an Easter Cactus this past March at my local grocery store. I thought it was neat looking because it was loaded with tiny twisted buds. I was hoping it would be pink. When it openend, I was so pleased! It was pink and I loved the little daisy like flowers. I was also surprised when they closed up in the evening and then re-opened the next couple of days. Very unusual and very neat! I'm hoping for lots of flowers next Spring. If you can find one, get it. You won't be disappointed.


On Nov 24, 2009, steadfast4life from Lincoln, NE wrote:

This was my first acquired houseplant. It was pretty sickly looking. I mistreated it by forgetting to water, potting incorrectly and neglecting it all around. To my utter amazement, it still bloomed. I finally decided to re-pot it correctly and water more regularly. It has amazed me with astounding growth. I'm sold on my Easter Cactus as a super easy starter houseplant.


On Sep 20, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've had this one for about six years, in a bathroom, low light for 2 years now, before that in my kitchen with good lighting, I have forgotten to water it many time, always puts out new leaves, a treasure to me, no blooms since I acquired it, now outside it looks so happy and thru information from Dave's wonderful group, I know it will bloom happily outdoors! Thanks.


On Jun 1, 2004, purplepetunia from Savannah, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I consider my cactus "Mothers Day". It always blooms the week of Mothers Day.


On Aug 28, 2003, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

First we had the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), then came the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Spring or Easter Cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri). They are named after the seasons of their blooming.

Previously, the botanists used to call them Zygocactus.
These hybrids, with their rather unique flower arrangement, have been in cultivation since early in the 1800s and have had sporadic surges of popularity. The 1990s was just the latest.

Very different from the desert cacti, Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus and Easter Cactus require high humidity and moisture, since their forest dwelling Epiphyte ancestors actually live in the branches of trees in the rainforests of southeastern Brazil. Only recently has a specimen of... read more