Christmas Cactus Plants
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Christmas cactus looks shriveled

Zone My gardening zone is 5 | gardenbooklady added on May 11, 2015 | Answered

My Christmas cactus looks shriveled and the leaves are thin (as in not thick and fleshy). I water it when the soil feels dry. What's wrong with it?

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shelley
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Answered on May 11, 2015

I suspect your christmas cactus may have been under-watered. A christmas cactus should never be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Always strive to keep the soil slightly moist, but not damp/soggy. I would recommend watering your cactus sparingly every few days until the soil is lightly moist to build up its hydration level gradually. This article will tell you how to revive your fledging christmas cactus:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/limp-christmas-cactus.htm

You can double-check the care of your christmas cactus at the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/advice-for-christmas-cactus-care.htm

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