Buying a True Christmas Cactus Online (Unboxing Plant Review)

We purchased a live Christmas Cactus and we couldn’t be happier. The plant came in perfect condition and ready to be potted.

If you have been searching for a true and authentic Christmas Cactus, you are in the right place.

Christmas Cactus vs Thanksgiving Cactus

The Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera Bridgesii) is very similar to the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera Truncata); in fact, they are often mistaken for them, but there are differences that appear mainly with the stems, leaves, and the blooming period. (see graphic below)


Where to Buy a True Christmas Cactus?

We purchased our Christmas Cactus in a shop on Etsy called Mirage of Eden. They have a large variety of live plants that you can easily purchase online through Etsy.

Click this link here to visit their shop.

Delivery Time and Plant Condition

The Mirage of Eden nursery is located in California, we’re in Miami, Florida. Delivery was rather quick though, took 7 days via USPS right to our doorstep.

The package condition was good too, not banged up at all.

Plant Packaging

Our Christmas Cactus arrived in perfect condition. The plant was alive and well. Our baby was wrapped in tissue paper.

The root ball was intact and was wrapped in paper towel.

See our unboxing video below for more details.

Our Christmas Cactus arrived in perfect condition and ready to be potted.

We also received an instruction sheet that laid out the steps on what to do after we open our package.

Mirage of Eden recommends that we prepare a well-draining soil mixture.

Miracle-Gro soil mixed with perilite is recommended. They also advise to add small rocks for proper drainage.

Time to Pot our New Christmas Cactus

We used a Terracotta pot with a small drain hole and filled the bottom with some rock pebbles for better drainage.  We used a succulent potting soil mix with bark and planted our new cactus.

Watering Our Christmas Cactus

We’ll be checking the soil daily for dryness, once the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, its time to water.

christmas cactus in pot

Christmas Cactus Lighting

Christmas Cactus typically like a lot of indirect sunlight. We have a perfect spot for it! 🙂

christmas cactus leaves

Christmas Cactus Update

In a few weeks we will update this post to see how our Christmas Cactus is doing. Hopefully we’ll get some blooms this Christmas 🙂 In the meantime if you are interested in buying a live plant from Mirage of Eden, go to their Etsy shop here.

Also if you already have a Christmas Cactus check out our other informative posts below;

>> How to Feed a Christmas Cactus
>> Why are my Christmas Cactus Flower Buds Falling?
>> How Should I water my Christmas Cactus