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Q.Christmas Cactus

Anonymous added on March 16, 2014 | Answered

I have a question about the Christmas cactus. I have one, but it is blooming now in March. Do I care for it just like the one that blooms around Christmas? The other question is that the plant looks like it is getting too large for the pot it is in. Do I transplant it or leave it alone?

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Answered on March 16, 2014

They bloom more on a schedule based on dormancy, water and light than time of year. It sounds like yours may have been inadvertently put into a dormant state (this can happen if the plant is left unwatered for a period of time) and received the required amount of dark hours at that same time. When normal care resumed, the Christmas cactus went into blooming stage. You can simply care as usual. If the plant is showing signs of stress, then yes, you may want to go ahead and repot it. You want to put it in a pot that is at least 2 inches wider and 2 inches deeper than the root ball (container size) currently is.

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