Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving cactus – Plant
This popular, winter-flowering houseplant makes a great addition to nearly any indoor plant collection. The Christmas cactus/ easter cactus is easily propagated by cutting a short Y-shaped segment from the stem tips. Make certain, however, that the cutting is taken from healthy plant foliage only. Plant the segment approximately a quarter of its length deep in slightly sandy soil. Moisten evenly and place the cutting in a well-lit area, staying away from any direct sunlight.
To root cuttings for new plants, cut back shoots from the tips, cut at the second joint of each tip. The cutting should show signs of growth within a few weeks, at which time the plant can be transferred to another container, if desired, with a looser potting soil mix of compost, loam, and sand.
How to Care for Christmas Cactus
Thrives in bright low to medium indirect sunlight. Not suited for intense, direct sun. Extended periods of bright light in the fall will help encourage winter blooms.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out halfway down between waterings. because expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
Filtered water makes this cactus so happy and healthy.
This plant can benefit from extra humidity when in bloom.
SYMPTOM: Mushy leaves or black stems.
SYMPTOM: Wrinkling leaves, dry potting mix.
CAUSE: Thirsty plant and underwater.
SYMPTOM: Blooms dropping.
CAUSE: Fluctuations in temperature, cold drafts, and roots drying out or becoming water-logged.
This plant is pet-friendly! But the best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.
avoid overwatering and over-fertilizing.