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Winter blooming holiday cacti are gifts that keeps on giving


December 15, 2021

Christmas cactus have bright showy blooms.

With their vibrant, floral displays and low-maintenance needs, holiday cacti are a great holiday gift. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter cactus are each different species. They bloom reliably each year without much upkeep.

"Every December, one plant in my office comes to life despite the minimal care it receives," says Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "The plant has remained in the 6-inch pot for nine years now, receives water when it is dry, and has been used prolifically in propagation workshops for Master Gardeners."

Holiday cacti are easily distin...

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