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Schlumbergera

How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular succulent. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all indoor succulents, check out our ‘Succulents Indoors’ factsheet.

Highly decorative cactus grown for their fabulous silky flowers in all the shades of the cream, pink, orange, purple and red colour spectrum. Very showy.

Watering
Water when the top of the potting mix had dried out in warmer months. In cooler months keep fairly dry, watering only every 4 to 6 weeks. Perfect drainage is essential, never leave the pot standing in water.

Light
Bright indirect light.

Temperature and Humidity
Keep above 10C and does like moderate humidity, so keep plants away from ducts and outlets as both heating and air-conditioning reduce humidity. Ideally group indoor plants together as this helps create islands of humidity. Regular misting or a room humidifier helps, as does putting pots on feet or pebbles to ensure free drainage and allowing water to collect underneath.

Fertilising
Use long lasting slow release fertiliser in spring. If needed, supplement with liquid fertiliser over summer.

Maintenance
Mist or shower in spring to wash any dust off the foliage and increase humidity.
Your pot plant should be flushed annually. This process flushes away the salts that build up in the potting mix. To flush the pot, water several times in succession, soaking the pot each time until water runs out of the bottom.

Problems
Generally trouble free so long as not over watered.