When should I cut back my Christmas cactus?
The best time to prune a Christmas cactus is right after it has bloomed. At this time, the Christmas cactus will be entering a growth period and will start to put out new leaves. Pruning a Christmas cactus right after it blooms will force it to branch out, which means the plant will grow more of its distinctive stems.
How do you trim a Christmas cactus without killing it?
Always prune your Christmas Cactus at the gap between the leaf segments. This should be easy because these are the weakest part of the plant. Some people prefer to twist at the segment to remove foliage instead of using a knife, but this approach seems to work best on newer growth.
Where do you cut Christmas cactus?
Christmas cactus propagation usually begins by simply taking a short, Y-shaped cutting from the stem tip. The cutting should consist of at least two or three joined segments. When doing Christmas cactus propagating, always be sure that cuttings are taken from healthy foliage.
What to do with Christmas cactus after it blooms?
After blooming, fertilize the plant every month beginning when you see new growth at the end of winter or the first of spring. Feed a Christmas cactus with a 20-20-20 or 10-10-10 plant food diluted with water to 50% strength.
What is a node on a Christmas cactus?
This holiday favorite is easy to start from cuttings. Simply remove a piece of stem at the pinched area, technically known as the node.
Why are the leaves on my Christmas cactus limp?
Wilted or limp Christmas cactus is sometimes caused by a lack of water or too much direct sunlight. If you've neglected to water the limp Christmas cactus, begin by giving the plant a limited drink. Continue to water sparingly every few days until the soil is lightly moist.
How do you get a Christmas cactus to bloom again?
Unlike many other succulents, Christmas cactus can bloom again in spring if given the short days condition. Placing Christmas cactus into the east-facing window that receives abundant amounts of sunlight during the day and 12 hours of darkness each night can encourage the plant to flower again.
Do Christmas cactus like to be root bound?
ANSWER: Christmas cactus grows well with crowded roots, so your friend isn't totally wrong. Christmas cactus can do ok when it has become rootbound, but you should still repot your holiday cacti every four years, increasing the size of the pot by two inches each time you repot.
How many times a year do Christmas cactus bloom?
Nowadays you may see them labeled as Holiday Cactus. Regardless of which one you have, they can re-bloom more than once a year.
Should I water my Christmas cactus when it is blooming?
Temperature: Maintain an optimal climate of 65 degrees. Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist while your plant is blooming, misting it frequently.
How long will a Christmas cactus live?
The Christmas cactus is everywhere during the holiday season, with good reason. It's a blooming succulent that is easy to care for, has gorgeous blooms, and when properly tended can live up to 100 years! That's right! This plant can survive for decades, adding color to your holidays for generations.
How often should a Christmas cactus be repotted?
Repotting Christmas cactus every three to four years is usually adequate, but you may prefer to wait until the plant begins to look tired or you notice a few roots growing through the drainage hole. Often, a plant can bloom happily in the same pot for years.
Why is my Christmas cactus blooming in May?
Blooms requires two things: cooler temperatures and long nights. These cacti are short-day plants, which means that blooms are triggered by long dark cool nights. They need between 14-16 hours of uninterrupted darkness and 8 hours of daylight for between 3 - 6 weeks to set flower buds.
Can you change the color of a Christmas cactus?
Hybrid plants often mutate back to the dominant color of the species. Fortunately the flowers are still pretty just not the color you purchased. Continue to grow it in a sunny location. Starting October 1st cut back on water, move to a cooler dark location at night and wait to be rewarded with flowers.
How long can a Christmas cactus go without water?
The soil should feel evenly moist for most of the week drying slightly on the surface before the next bout of watering. Christmas cactus are also somewhat more drought tolerant then most houseplants and can go 2 weeks without watering as long as it is not in an air current or if the air isn't too dry.
What are the hairs on my Christmas cactus?
If you notice root-like growths on Christmas cactus, don't be overly concerned. Christmas cactus is an epiphytic plant that grows on trees or rocks in its natural habitat. The roots growing from Christmas cactus are actually aerial roots that help the plant cling to its host.
Can you root a piece of Christmas cactus in water?
You can root Christmas cactus cuttings in either water or a mixture of coarse sand and perlite or peat. To root in water, fill a glass jar with a two-inch layer of pebbles or small stones, pour in enough water to cover the pebbles, and add your cuttings to the jar so that only the bottom tip is in the water.
How do you cut a cactus?
Why is my Christmas cactus curling?
Cause: Christmas cactus leaves will wilt and shrivel up when the leaves aren't getting enough water due to improper watering.
Does Christmas cactus like sun or shade?
Holiday cacti grow best when they are placed in a location with partial shade, such as an east or west facing window, with a temperature between 70° and 80℉.
Do Christmas cactus bloom more than once a year?
Does Christmas cactus bloom more than once a year? Oh yes it does! If you followed my beginner's plant care guide for Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera), you probably had a profusion of colorful flowers in November or December and are wondering if you have to wait another whole year before your plant blooms again.
Should I fertilize my Christmas cactus while it is blooming?
Never fertilize a Christmas cactus when the plant begins to flower because it can cause the buds to fall.