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Q.Limp Leaves on Christmas Cactus

Anonymous added on August 4, 2011 | Answered

I planted a Christmas Cactus a few months ago and it was doing great! It was having new growth. Then it got thin and limp looking. I have been watering it more lately and actually water with Miracle Grow. Before that I probably only watered once every 2-3 weeks, but read to water more often. Would you have any ideas?

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Answered on August 5, 2011

It does sound like you may have overwatered and it has developed root rot. They should only be watered when their soil has dried out. This article will help with root rot:

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Answered on August 4, 2011

Stop watering so often. Cactus and it's euphorbia and epiphyllum cousins prefer minimal water. It's best to only fertilize once a month in summer, not at all in winter. Also, to encourage flowering for late December, don't water it at all from October on then only minimal water when the soil is dry. Too much water will cause the buds to fall off. The best rule of thumb for a Christmas cactus (or any other cactus and it's cousins) is to water it once a month, and never let the pot sit in water.

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