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Asked by shousman5161@gmail.com on August 24, 2015
Thanksgiving Cactus

I was away for 2 weeks on vacation. I watered my cactus before I left and would water again after my 2 weeks. During the summer I only watered it twice a month. When I came home, I noticed that the main stem of the cactus had turned brown and looked like tree bark. Other branches were fallen off. This has never happened before. I have had this plant for 3 years and have been ferterlizing it. It was producing new leaves. How do I transplant these branches so that it can root and I can save my plant?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Asked by jtrue13 on January 23, 2016
Thanksgiving Cactus

My plant is blooming NOW. Is it okay to water plant while it is blooming? It’s been about two or more weeks since watering and it is bone dry.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is not always easy to get a plant to bloom at the correct times.

Yes, it's important to keep the plant watered evenly but do not allow the roots to sit in soggy soil. Make sure the pot is well draining.
Here is a great article that will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/thanksgiving-cactus/thanksgiving-cactus-plant.htm

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Asked by gordstewartt on November 5, 2016
Thanksgiving Cactus

My thanksgiving cactus is 8″ high and 12″ wide and starting to bloom. I’ve had it for about a year. I live in southern British Columbia and not Brazil, so my plant is inside, and I soak my plant with water every 30 days. Question: now that my plant is starting to bloom, do I need to water more often?

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Alisma
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Yes, cacti use more water during the growing season and when blooming. But don't overdo it, because overwatering is still the biggest risk to an indoor cactus. Increase watering gradually and see how the plant responds. For example you could try watering every 2 weeks.

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