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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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.
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.
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?
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.
Since these are epiphytes, similar to orchids, they will feed a little differently. The fertilizer of choice needs to be highly soluble, and will be easiest if liquid.
I recommend an orchid fertilizer cut to 1/4 strength. Spray this on the pads, and into the soil once a month.
This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/thanksgiving-cactus/thanksgiving-cactus-plant.htm
Calling all green thumbs! My Thanksgiving cactus has looked pitiful for months now, no matter what I try to help it. Any recommendations? Or is it too far gone? Thanks!
It appears to be in standard potting soil. This is a big no-no. These are epiphytes similar to orchids. This means that they live on other host species without harming them. They will require a very different "soil" that is an epiphyte mix, or cactus mix, or will need to be mounted to another tree. I don't recommend the latter unless you have quite a lot of experience anchoring epiphytes, as this can lead to a quick death of the plant without proper experience.
This article will give you information on the care of these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/thanksgiving-cactus/thanksgiving-cactus-plant.htm
Not necessarily a bad thing? Just really intrigued.
Those could be aerial roots coming out. This article tells more:
I live in Colorado (dry!!!) and it is now quite cold at night. I had my Thanksgiving cactus outside during the summer which it lived. I have brought it in and it is now blooming but it looks as tho it is starting to stop. I water it a bit each week and have intermittently sprayed it with water. I also wonder if the reason is that it is so dark outside at night and when I brought it in it is not getting the same darkness as it it did outside. Sorry this is so long and I hope you can help me understand what I'm doing wrong. Thank you very much, Anna Kramer
They only have one flush of blooms at a time, so yours is probably fine. They can have additional bloom cycles during the year.