I was walking to work the other day when I spotted a discarded Christmas Cactus. It was just laying there amongst the yard waste. It was a little worse for wear. I assume the individual who had owned it just threw it out when it stopped blooming. I snatched it up and took it home with me. I’ve seen these plants before but had no idea how to care for them. I was actually suprised to read that these plants are more like orchids than cactus. They also seem to be a little picky about their environment much like an orchid. They are found in moist shady forrests and not in dry desert environments like traditional succulants.
Watering : They do best in moist airated soil. But becareful not to overwater.
Light : They do best in bright artificial light. Sunlight may cause the leaves to burn.
FloweringThey need to be root bound to force themselves to flower. Also they tend to bloom during the cooler months. Hence why they are so popular during the Christmas holidays.
I cleaned him off the best that I could and potted him in a pot I had in the garage. Viola, I have new office plant.