Thanksgiving Cactus vs. Christmas Cactus - what is the difference?
Appropriately, the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) is blooming for Thanksgiving. Not to be confused with the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) which is easy to do. They are very similar with some minor differences. (And for good measure, there is also an Easter Cactus (Hatiora gaertneri).
These plants are epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants). Therefore they like regular watering during the entire season. They also like humidity. Well-draining soil is a must. Allow the plants to dry out 2-3 inches from the top between waterings. During the winter months, they enjoy a location with bright indirect light but once they are taken outdoors, a shady or part-sunny location is best. Fertilize lightly once a month during the spring and summer seasons but discontinue in the fall and winter months.