Christmas Cactus Plants
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christmas cactus

Zone franklin park il 60131 | Anonymous added on March 25, 2018 | Answered

my question is about repotting doesn't explain if you need to water after its repotted, it only explains to water the plant slightly if the potting mix is compacted to loosen the roots then put in a shady location for 2 to 3 days. what if the potting mix wasn't compacted and you didn't have to water it thanks Vicki Remove the plant from its pot, along with the surrounding soil ball, and then gently loosen the roots. If the potting mix is compacted, water the plant lightly to remove the soil around the roots. Don’t overwater because the plant may develop root rot. Replant the Christmas cactus in the new pot so the top of the root ball is about an inch below the rim of the pot. Fill in around the roots with fresh potting mix and pat the soil lightly to remove air pockets. Put the plant in a shady location for two or three days, then resume the plant’s normal care routine. Read more at Gardening Know How: Repotting Christmas Cactus: How And When To Repot Christmas Cactus Plants https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/repotting-christmas-cactus.htm

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on March 26, 2018

You're right, the article isn't clear. You should moisten the soil whether it's compacted or not. Christmas cacti tolerate drought well, but they do need water. We'll make some changes so the article is less ambiguous. Thanks for catching that!

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