The Plants of Christmas - Christmas Cactus


December 8, 2022

Photo provided by Sharon Guthridge.

Master Gardener Sharon Guthridge is the "go-to" expert on Christmas cactus.

Few plants are identified with Christmas as the Christmas cactus unless it's the poinsettia. I really had no idea what a Christmas cactus was as a child. My grandmother had one, but to me it was just "that plant over there". It was pretty for a few weeks out of the year and I never understood why it was so special to her. It was only after I met Linda that I got an idea of what the Christmas cactus was and why it was so special to people. Her mom had several and one was absolutely HUGE. It dominated the bedroom it was in and made everything else look small. But she loved those plants. I don...

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