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Q.Dealing With Christmas Cactus Root Rot

Zone 80210 | Anonymous added on May 26, 2021 | Answered

I’ve had two Christmas cacti in an 18″ pot for over 10 years (smaller pot previous to that). One of the cacti got root rot and I have pulled out the plant from the planter. The other one seems not to have been affected. I have a smaller Christmas cactus that I’ve been growing for 2 years and is in a 6 inch pot. Can I plant the smaller plant in with the older one in the large planter? (Actually, I already did; but then had second thoughts if this was a poor idea.) Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Photo attached. P.S. It does seem that photo uploaded.

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Answered on May 31, 2021

My concern was using the same infected soil. If you didn't change the soil, I would do that and clean the pot well too (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) before refilling. It needs to be loose and well draining such as a cactus mix.


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