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Questions About Thanksgiving Cactus

Asked by
shousman5161 on
August 24, 2015
NJ

Q. 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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 25, 2015
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Asked by
jtrue13 on
January 23, 2016
Bothell, Washington 98011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
January 24, 2016
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Alisma on
November 6, 2016
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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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Asked by
mjulitta on
September 11, 2018
02571

Q. when do I start to fertilize a thanksgiving cactus and with what chemical

nothing else

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 12, 2018
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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

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Asked by
wmcanally on
September 30, 2018
Asheville, NC

Q. What’s wrong with my Thanksgiving cactus?

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!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 30, 2018
Certified Expert
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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

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