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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Ford

The Holiday Cactus Plant Care Cheat Sheet

Whether it's an Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas cactus, the care is the same and the end goal is to achieve those beautiful blooms year after year. This is an awesome plant for pet owners as it is considered non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Lighting: This plant can handle 3-4 hours of direct sunlight touching the foliage. These can tolerate lower light for much of the year, but during its determined bloom time, more light will be required. To maintain the plant's size, a minimum of 200 FC is required, but for good growth, you want around 400 FC.

Watering: This plant likes to dry out at least 2/3 of the way between watering. It prefers to dry most of the way out, and the leaves will begin to droop and wrinkle when they are ready to be watered.


This quick cheat sheet is meant to give you tips and tricks for how to best care for your plant. All of the information above is based on my personal experience and advice with houseplants and the lighting requirements are a reference from Daryl Chang of House Plant Journal.

*FC is lighting measured in Foot Candles and requires a light meter to get an accurate reading.

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