Have you ever heard that Christmas cactus is a house plant that can last over 100 years, so it can be passed from generation to generation? This is a house plant with beautiful red flowers that bloom ever holiday season and they also last longer.
Christmas cacti and their relatives don’t live in arid environments, but in the tree branches in the rain forests of Brazil. As they prefer a humid climate, it’s important to water these cacti more regularly than most succulents.
Christmas cacti is a very popular houseplant—and we can see below why it is.
1.) They last almost forever
You probably know that the Christmas trees die in just a few weeks and poinsettias within 6 months, but if you want to have a plant that lasts longer than your choice should be a Christmas cactus that lasts for decades.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, they typically live about 20-30 years, but there is evidence that they can live over 100 years.
2.) Long-lasting blooms come back year after year
Christmas cacti belong to the perennial plants and they bloom year after year. Its flowers last the whole winter just when people need their colorful cheer the most.
3.) It is easy to care for the Christmas cacti
As they don’t need much water or much sun it is easy to care for them.
Commenting about the Christmas cacti Old Farmer’s Almanac says:
“The conditions in our houses are nothing like their native rain forest homes but still they do fine in normal household temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees, with a drop at night to 55 to 60 degrees.”
During the dry winter months to make a humid climate like in the Amazon jungle in Brazil, you can use a humidifier.
4.) They clean the air
Succulents are great air purifiers, so it is the case for the Christmas cactus too. They purify the air by filtering all kinds of common indoor air pollutants and additionally, help to keep the air fresh by producing oxygen.
5.) They are non-toxic to pets
Christmas trees are covered in all kinds of preservatives and chemical pesticides and poinsettias are poisonous to dogs and cats. Fortunately, the Christmas cactus, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is just fine, and your furry friend can even chow it down.
6.) Christmas trees are bad for the environment
The Christmas tree industry uses tons of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which run off into rivers and lakes. Additionally, this industry fills landfills with millions of dead trees, which emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but is, also responsible for massive deforestation.
For those who like to have a Christmas tree, we recommend a living tree in a pot that can be replanted outdoors when you’re done with it.
7.) They are the gift that keeps on giving
Because the Christmas cactuses live for decades and they are easily multiplied, with just a few branches put in other pots in the spring that makes roots, you can re-jungle your house instead of deforesting the area around it.
Also, you won’t have plenty of dried-out pine needles to sweep up or a dead tree that will be placed on the street.
For the tips on the care, you can find the information in the sources below.