Caring for Christmas Cactus
Also known as Zygo Cactus, Christmas cactus is actually a succulent. Much like, poinsettias these beautifully blooming plants provide a welcomed addition to holiday decorating opportunities.
Bloom time on Christmas cactus can vary greatly depending upon the variety as well as the stage of the plant when referring to new plants purchased from Deckers. However, regardless of whether or not it blooms in time for the holidays, you will have a great treat to look forward to when it does.
Sunlight: Christmas cactus prefers bright light. Bright, Indirect Sunlight is best as too much direct sunlight may cause the blooms to fade sooner. If located by a window, be sure than none of the stems, leaves, or flowers are in contact with the window pane itself as cold temperatures can damage the plants.
Temperature: Christmas cactus prefers a warm location (60-70 degrees minimum). Christmas cactus does not tolerate cold drafts so keep them away from doors/windows that are frequently opened and closed. It is also advisable to keep them away from direct heat sources such as radiators and heating vents to prolong their blooms
Watering: Keep the soil fairly dry and never soggy using room temperature water. Drainage is a MUST but only water when the soil is mostly dry. Be sure not to allow any excess water to sit in saucers or pot covers as root-rot may occur.
Fertilizing: Fertilizer is NOT recommended during the holiday season or while the plant is in bloom. Fertilizing is only required if you decide to keep your cactus after the holiday season. At that time fertilize with a cactus/succulent fertilizer according to package directions.
Repotting: Typically Christmas cactus will only need to be repotted once every 2-3 years. They prefer to be slightly pot-bound and they will bloom best this way. Avoid repotting when the plant is in bloom.
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