Watering is on a regular but moderate basis during the growth and/or blooming season. Let the soil mix dry up before watering anew. Especially, never let water stagnate at the bottom of the pot. Adding special cactus fertilizer every two weeks from October to January will increase the blooming.
A bloom formula houseplant fertilizer or a half strength water soluble formula, such as 20-20-20 or 20-10-20, makes an ideal fertilizer for Schlumbergera.
Schlumbergera requires strong light but shrivels up in direct sun when it is placed behind a window. In summer, it’s possible to place your schlumbergera outdoors, in a shaded and sheltered spot of your terrace, deck or garden. Since the flowers are very fragile, you must never move it around once the first flower buds have appeared.
Too much direct sunlight can bleach the sensitive leaves. A daytime temperature of 21°C and an evening temperature of 15-18°C is preferred.
To keep your schlumbergera from one year to the next, it is advised to repot it after the blooming, at least every 2 or 3 years. The new container must be just one size larger but no more than that because schlumbergera likes a tight fit.