True to their name, these flat leafed succulents bloom lavishly just in time for the Christmas season. The gorgeous pink blooms remain long into the new year and make a lovely foliage plant when not in bloom. They are ideal for those sunny windows because they require very little care other than intense light.
Fertilizer/ feed for the plant: Plant the Christmas Cactus in a humus-rich, nutrient-rich, yet well-draining soil. Feed your plant a heavy potassium fertiliser every two weeks throughout the growing season, particularly when the buds form, and once every two months during the dormant period.
Repotting : Every year following the flowering season, repot your cactus in fresh soil for healthy development. If you try to repot your cactus when it is flowering, it will go into shock and struggle. Propagation: The Christmas plant may be readily grown via leaf cuttings or segment cuttings. Break off segments of the mother plant and grow them in water in a glass jar with the cut end barely skimming the water surface.
1. What is the cause of my wilted or weak Christmas cactus?
The withering or limp plant might be caused by either too much or too little water. Give your plant plenty of indirect light and water it frequently to keep the soil wet.
2. What is causing the browning of the leaves?
Brown and mushy leaves are a common symptom of root rot caused by overwatering. Allow the soil to totally dry out before watering sparingly. If the plant does not appear to be salvageable, remove a piece of healthy green portions and propagate it.
3. What is the source of my plant’s silvery-grey growth?
Botrytis blight is a fungal illness that covers your plant with silvery-grey debris. Remove the contaminated components and store it in a dry, low-humidity environment. For further treatment and prevention, use a suitable pesticide.
Design and Decoration
Light Requirements: The Christmas cactus prefers strong indirect light with a few hours of direct sunshine.
Locations: The optimum locations are near East or West-facing windows or regions that get a couple of hours of sun per day.
Styling/decor tip : Christmas cactuses look amazing as a centre piece; place them on a stool or table and enjoy the elegant atmosphere they provide to a space. Nothing compares to its magnificent yet subtle leaves and cheerful pink blossoms when in season. Plant it in a pedestal planter or one of our glam metallic ones to boost your decor.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I repot my cactus?
Always repot your Christmas cactus after the blooming season is over and all the blooms have wilted, late winter or early spring and never in its blooming season.
Why are the buds of my cactus falling?
Bud falling in Christmas cactus is due to improper humidity, either due to too little water or too much water. But the good news is, it can be easily remedied.
When should I prune my Christmas cactus?
The best time to prune your cactus is after the blooming season is over. Pruning your Christmas cactus promotes branching and makes your plant bushier.
What are the common names of Christmas Cactus Plant?
Christmas Cactus Plant is also known as Crab Cactus.