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Zygocactus Snow Ball in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Schlumbergera truncata Snow Ball

 

Zygocactus 'Snow Ball'

Schlumbergera truncata has leafless green stems which act as photosynthetic organs. The stems are composed of flat segments, with "teeth" of varying shapes along their edges and at the ends. The flowers are about 7 cm long of various colours, including shades of red, orange, pink and white.

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plant Features
  • Zygocactus Snow Ball likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Zygocactus Snow Ball likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Zygocactus Snow Ball is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Zygocactus Snow Ball likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Zygocactus 'Snow Ball'

Latin name

Schlumbergera truncata Snow Ball

type

Flowering plant

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Zygocactus Snow Ball likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Zygocactus Snow Ball is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Zygocactus Snow Ball likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Zygocactus Snow Ball likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Zygocactus Snow Ball is 0.80meters x 0.60meters 0.80 M 0.60 M

Schlumbergera truncata Snow Ball

Schlumbergera truncata has leafless green stems which act as photosynthetic organs. The stems are composed of flat segments, with "teeth" of varying shapes along their edges and at the ends. The flowers are about 7 cm long of various colours, including shades of red, orange, pink and white.


Planting - Growing medium

From Early Spring TO Late Summer

Free-draining, humus-rich, somewhat acid growing media are used, such as a mixture of peat or leafmould and an inert material such as grit, sharp sand or polystyrene beads. It is recommended that plants should be grown in relatively small pots; half-height pots are suitable.

 

Propogation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Early Winter

In the home, propagation can be achieved by using short pieces of stem, one to three segments long, twisted off rather than cut. Cuttings are allowed to dry for 1–7 days, forming a callus at the broken end, and then rooted in an open growing medium. Temperatures above 21 °C (70 °F) and up to 27 °C (81 °F) in long day/short night conditions speed rooting.

 

Flowering Season

From Early Winter TO Late Winter

Schlumbergera Truncata produces flowers in a range of colours during the winter months. Day length is important in controlling flowering; continuous darkness for at least 12 hours is necessary to induce bud formation. A period of about 8 days with 16 hours of darkness at 16 °C (61 °F) has been shown to cause flower buds to form. Lower temperatures slow this process.

 
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