Schlumbergera truncata 'Purple Dancer' - Statement Plants

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Schlumbergera truncata 'Purple Dancer'

A hardy, trailing cactus with masses of stunning bright pink to magenta flowers in winter and spring.

Filtered or dappled sun

Likes to stay moist

Well drained organic soil

Partly frost tolerant (see notes)

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  • Schlumbergera truncata 'Purple Dancer' puts on a gorgeous display of pinkish-purple bloom in winter and spring. It is a member of the 'Holiday Cactus' group and commonly known as the Thanksgiving Cactus, or False Christmas Cactus. They bloom from late autumn to spring.

    Schlumbergera truncata or Zygocactus are easy to grow, require minimal care and are very hardy. Water moderately, when the top layer of soil is dry and position the plant away from direct sunlight. Plant in a well draining mix of organic compost with bark pieces or perlite mixed in.

    To get your Thanksgiving Cactus to produce masses of blooms, it needs a few weeks in autumn of short days (nights longer than 12 hours) and cool temperatures. Here in Tasmania, that's not a problem, but in warmer environments you may need to move your plant to an area that is dark and cool for longer. Bring your plant back out when the buds start to form.

    Note: Plants may or may not be in bloom. If in bloom, it is possible that the flowers and buds may drop off during transit or shortly after.


    Thanksgiving Cactus, False Christmas Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Crab Cactus, Zygocactus
    Schlumbergera truncacta, Zygocactus truncatus

    Plant height 10-20cm before trailing
    Plant width Width to around 60cm
    Habit Epiphytic cactus, erect then pendant
    Growth Cycle Perennial
    Foliage Pale to dark green, segmented branches. Flushes red easily when in bright light or stressed. Woody stems as it matures.
    Flower Large bright pink to magenta, showy.
    Flowering time Late autum to early spring
    Toxicity Non toxic. Safe around pets and children.