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Holiday Cactus Survival Tips

Holiday Cactus Survival Tips with Sensible Gardening

You bought one, it’s gorgeous and if you treat it right your Christmas cactus can live for 25 years. It is a true cactus but the small soft spines make it easy to deal with. I have a bright pink one, but they come in many other colors of red, white, orange and yellow.

Holiday Cactus Survival Tips with Sensible Gardening

CHRISTMAS CACTI CARE:

Place your holiday cactus in a bright, cool area that does not get direct sun. If you have an east window that is ideal.

Holiday Cactus Survival Tips with Sensible Gardening

Water your plant thoroughly when the top 1/2 inch of soil is dry.

 

Fertilize when new buds start to swell and new leaves appear. Then use a liquid indoor fertilizer every 10 days until the blooming cycle ends.

Holiday Cactus Survival Tips with Sensible Gardening

Every year check the roots for health. If your plant is root-bound, move it into a new pot with fresh soil. Choose a pot that is no more than 2 inches larger in diameter as the old pot.

Treated with a little care, your Christmas cactus should do you well for many holidays to come.

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Holiday Cactus Survival Tips with Sensible Gardening

(Some photos are compliments of Pixabay)

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About Lynne Cherot

It's been a life time of gardening and many years of working in the nursery trade, but now I enjoy exploring and creating in my own gardens and farm fields . I'm passionate about gardening and work alongside my husband who takes care of our apiary. Bees & flowers make a great team! Hopefully by sharing my garden knowledge, your gardening will be easier and more enjoyable.
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3 thoughts on “Holiday Cactus Survival Tips

  1. I used to have one but don’t any longer. But I am determined to get one this year and keep it. I have seen so many beautiful photos like yours that I just have to have one!

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