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!
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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