Top Questions About Christmas Cactus Plants

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Questions About Christmas Cactus Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 5, 2011

Q. Christmas Cactus

I have a 100 year old cutting of a Christmas cactus. I was told to just put it in water and it will root. It has been in water at least 3 weeks now and nothing is happening.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 5, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

These plants are typically propagated using soil. Don't try to root your cuttings in water - they'll turn into a slimy mess and chances are you'll just be wasting your time.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/how-to-propagate-and-plant-christmas-cactus.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 21, 2011

Q. Repotting Christmas Cactus

I have a large Christmas Cactus that is beginning to get wilted ‘branches’ but only on the ends. Is it time to repot the plant or could it be that it’s becoming too dry between waterings? How will I know when it is time to repot?

Asked by
Dena on
June 25, 2011

Q. I Need to Repot My Christmas Cactus

Can you give me tips on repotting the Christmas Cactus?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 26, 2011
Certified Expert
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You want to put it in a pot that is at least 2" wider and 2" deeper than the root ball (container size) currently is. Repot and care for it as you normally would. These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/advice-for-christmas-cactus-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 3, 2011

Q. Christmas Cactus Blooms

How do you take care of the cactus after it blooms, and how do you get it to rebloom?

Asked by
black thumb on
July 21, 2011

Q. Christmas Cactus

My Christmas cacti has lost a lot of its limbs. Is there a way to save the lost limbs? Can I put them in water and will it develop a root? I live in a very hot climate in AZ. I only have a swamp cooler and I have it in the shade by insulated curtins. Is there any hope for this cactus to return its lost limbs before the next Christmas blooming?

Answered by
Cathy on
July 21, 2011
A.

Christmas cacti are easy to re root, just put the lost limbs in some water, place in diffused sunlight. You can pot them in a good quality cacti soil once they root. Your mother plant should do just fine. Give it a light feeding of fertilizer to help it grow more brachs. They are one of my favorites as a house plant.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 4, 2011

Q. Limp Leaves on Christmas Cactus

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?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 5, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

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Answered by
sjgranny on
August 4, 2011
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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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Asked by
dmellgren on
August 6, 2011

Q. Transplanting a Christmas Cactus

How big a pot should you have? What kind of soil? The cactus is older and fairly good sized but looks like it needs to be replanted.

Answered by
Heather on
August 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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When you repot, it is best to move up to a pot that is at least 2 inches larger than the last pot. For the Christmas cactus, use a cactus soil mix or mix vermiculite and normal potting soil in a 1:2 ratio.

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