Easter cactus Hatiora gaertneri

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Easter cactus
Easter cactus
Easter cactus


Hatiora gaertneri, also known as Easter cactus or Whitsun cactus, is a cactus species that typically grows to be around 1-2 feet tall, and around 2-3 feet wide.
It has a branching growth habit and the stems are flattened and segmented with smooth, rounded edges. The stem segments are typically around 4-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide.
It has bright, vibrant blooms that can be pink, red, orange, yellow or purple in color, and typically bloom around Easter time.
It is important to note that cacti are not grown in a standard way, and the growth and size of a cactus will depend on the environment and the care it receives.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Easter cactus, Whitsun cactus, Holiday Cactus, Whitesun

    • Common names

      Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, Epiphyllopsis gaertneri, Epiphyllum gaertneri, Epiphyllum makoyanum, Epiphyllum russellianum var. gaertneri, Hatiora gaertneri, Phyllocactus gaertneri, Rhipsalidopsis serrata, Rhipsalis gaertneri, Schlumbergera gaertneri

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Hatiora gaertneri is not known to be toxic to humans when ingested or when in contact with the skin.
      However, as with any cactus species, the spines or thorns can cause injury if handled improperly.

    • To pets

      Hatiora gaertneri is not known to be toxic to animals.
      However, as with any plant, it is best to keep it out of reach of pets and children to prevent accidental ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color

      Pink, red, orange, yellow or purple

    • Height

      Up to 2 feet

    • Spread

      Up to 3 feet

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    Hatiora gaertneri, also known as Easter Cactus or Whitsun Cactus, has bright, vibrant blooms that can be pink, red, orange, yellow or purple in color, which makes it an attractive addition to any home or garden;
    Hatiora gaertneri is a natural air purifier, it can remove harmful toxins from the air and improve the overall air quality in your home or office;
    Hatiora gaertneri is a low maintenance plant, It does not require frequent watering or fertilization and it is easy to grow indoors or outdoors;
    It is adaptable to various light conditions, which makes it an ideal houseplant;
    It is easy to propagate by taking stem cuttings which can be planted in soil or water and easily grow into new plants;
    It is tolerant to low humidity, which makes it ideal for dry climates or indoor conditions;
    Indoor plants have been shown to have a positive effect on mental health, reducing stress and promoting feelings of calm and well-being.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    It is important to note that Hatiora gaertneri has not been extensively studied for its potential medical properties and it is not recommended to use it as a stand-alone treatment for any medical condition.
    It is also important to consult with a specialist before using any plant for medicinal purposes.
    Hatiora gaertneri has been found to have antioxidant properties, which may help to protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals;
    It has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation in the body and ease symptoms of certain conditions such as arthritis or asthma;
    Hatiora gaertneri has been found to have antibacterial properties, which may help to prevent or combat bacterial infections.

  • leavesOther Uses

    Hatiora gaertneri is commonly grown as a decorative plant for its brightly colored flowers;
    Hatiora gaertneri is a popular indoor plant, it is tolerant of low light and can be grown in a variety of conditions;
    The flowers of Hatiora gaertneri can be used to make a natural dye for fabrics;
    The flowers and leaves of Hatiora gaertneri are edible and used in some traditional foods, but it is not a common practice.

Once a week
20000 - 50000 Lux
Every 2 - 3 years
Spring - summer
  • water dropWater

    Hatiora gaertneri prefers to be kept evenly moist, but not waterlogged. It's best to water it when the top inch of soil is dry.
    The frequency of watering will depend on factors such as the size of the pot, the humidity and temperature of your home, and the time of year.
    As a general rule, it's best to water it once a week, but it's important to check the soil moisture level before watering to ensure that it doesn't get too dry or too wet.

  • sunLight

    Easter cactus prefers from bright direct to bright indirect light.
    It's important to avoid placing the plant in hot, direct sunlight during the middle of the day, as this can scorch the leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    In terms of temperature, Easter cactus prefers cooler temperatures than many other cactus species. The ideal temperature range is between 60-70°F during the day and 50-60°F at night.
    It's important to protect the plant from extreme temperatures, as it can be damaged by both hot and cold temperatures.

  • scissorsPruning

    Easter cactus does not require heavy pruning, but some light pruning can help maintain a neat and compact shape. Pruning can also promote branching and more blooms. Prune off any dead or yellowing leaves, as well as any stems that are crossing or rubbing against each other. Use clean, sharp pruning shears, and make the cut just above a leaf node. Avoid pruning during the winter dormancy period, as this can interfere with the plant's blooming cycle.

  • bambooSoil

    Easter cactus prefers a well-draining soil mix that is rich in organic matter. A good soil mix for Easter cactus can be made by combining equal parts of peat moss, perlite or coarse sand, and well-decomposed compost.
    The pH of the soil should be slightly acidic, with a range of 5.5 to 6.5. Avoid using heavy, clay soils or soils that retain too much moisture, as this can cause root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Easter cactus should be repotted every 2-3 years, or when the plant has outgrown its container. Repotting is best done in the spring, just as new growth is beginning to emerge.
    Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one, and fill it with a fresh soil mix. Carefully remove the plant from its old container, and gently loosen any tangled roots. Place the plant in the new pot, and fill in around the roots with soil. Water the plant thoroughly, and place it in a bright, indirect light.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Easter cactus prefers a more humid environment than many other cactus species. Ideally, the humidity level should be between 40-60%. You can increase humidity around the plant by misting it regularly with water, or by placing a tray of water near the plant to evaporate.
    It's also helpful to group several plants together, as they will create a microclimate that is more humid. Avoid placing Easter cactus in dry, drafty locations, as this can cause the plant to dry out and suffer.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      All year round

    • Outdoor

      Rhipsalidopsis gaertner is typically grown as an indoor plant, but it can be grown outdoors in mild climates.
      The plant is native to Brazil, and it prefers a warm, humid environment with moderate temperatures. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 50°F, but it should be protected from frost and freezing temperatures.

    • Hardiness zone

      10 - 12 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The plant begins as a tiny seed that germinates in moist soil.
    The plant grows slowly at first, developing a small stem and two small leaves.
    As the plant grows, it produces more leaves and stems, and eventually begins to bloom. Easter cactus typically blooms in the spring, producing large, colorful flowers that can last for several weeks.
    After the flowers fade, the plant produces small, round fruit that contain seeds. These seeds can be collected and used to grow new plants.
    During the winter months, Easter cactus enters a period of dormancy. The plant stops growing and requires less water and fertilizer during this time. It is important to reduce watering and avoid fertilizing the plant during the dormancy period to avoid root rot.
    As spring approaches, the plant will begin to show signs of new growth, and the cycle begins again. With proper care, Easter cactus can live for many years and continue to bloom each spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring - summer

    • Stem cuttings:
      Take stem cuttings that are about 3-4 inches long with a clean, sharp knife. Allow the cuttings to dry for a day or two, then plant them in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil moist and place the pot in a bright, indirect light. The cuttings will root in a few weeks and can be transplanted into individual pots.
      Leaf cuttings:
      Easter cactus can also be propagated by leaf cuttings. Select a healthy leaf and cut it off the plant with a sharp knife. Allow the leaf to dry for a day or two, then plant it in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil moist and place the pot in a bright, indirect light. The leaf will eventually produce roots and a new plant will grow from the base of the leaf.
      Mature Easter cactus plants can also be divided by gently separating the roots and replanting each section in a new pot. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix and water the new plants thoroughly after transplanting.

  • insectPests

    Spider mite, Thrips, Scale insects, Mealybug

  • microbeDiseases

    Stem rot, Root Rot, Powdery mildew, Leaf spot