Should my Easter cactus bloom more than once per year?
An Easter Cactus should bloom between winter and spring and can bloom for weeks and months.
My cactus looks very wilted, but the soil is moist. I gave it another small drink, thinking it wasn't getting enough. It sets in my east kitchen window.
It sounds like your plant may have been overwatered. The soil should dry between waterings.
Here is a link that will help you correct the plant.
In December I received an Easter cactus cutting from North Carolina, I live in Oregon. It has not shown any signs of growth. It's in a plastic pot, perlite mix, morning sun, not too moist. The pads are firm not wrinkled and when I tug on the pads, to see if they have rooted, they are nice and stable. Am I just impatient ? Thank you.
These can take several weeks to root. Make sure not to keep the mix very moist at all. They are epiphytic and grow on other host trees, so they do not need to be very moist to root. After they are established, you will want to keep them very slightly moist. When they start to flower they will want to be pretty dry between waterings.
The wrinkling is due to the moisture. They will wrinkle and then shoot roots at this time. But if they start to flop over, you will want to let them dry out a little.
Patience will be key here. They will root in time.
Should I pull the dead flowers off my Easter Cactus or let them fall off?
As long as the flowers are dead, then it is ok to pull them. They can take awhile to fall off, and it will help to remove these. Again. make sure that they are dead before they are removed to avoid harming the plant.
You can use a well draining potting soil such as those marked for cactus. Here are care tips:
I was pleased when this houseplant unexpectedly came into bloom. It's possibly a succulent with cactus-like leaves. A curious feature is that the flowers emerge from the tip of the leaf, as can be seen in the photo I'll try to post. Can anyone identify the plant?
It looks like you have an Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri) that blooms in late winter or early spring. It is similar to the Christmas cactus and Thanksgiving cactus that are popular holiday plants. Here is more information on all of them:
The edges of the leaves are turning brown.
This is bacterial, usually, from overwatering or remaining wet for too long. Make sure that the soil is free draining, and the container allows all extra water to leave, freely. Epiphyte and cactus soil is best.
From here, you may need a fungicide. This article will help you with fungicide use:
This article will help you to care for your Easter Cactus: