The Christmas Cacti: A Holiday
Since the Christmas cactus is a tropical plant it will
require watering on much the same basis as any other
type of tropical plant. A good procedure to follow is
to water the plants thoroughly and then allow about
the top inch of soil to dry before watering again. The
Christmas cactus should never be placed near a door
that opens and closes to the outside. Likewise, keep
it away from heating ducts or near the fireplace or
One of the most frustrating things that can happen
to Christmas cactus is after the flower buds have developed
they drop off the plant. Bud drop is usually caused
by over-watering, lack of humidity or insufficient light.
After The Christmas holiday season, the Christmas cactus
should be given about a 30 day rest. Again place it
in a cool room and provide limited water. Don't worry
if it loses a few leaves or joints and appears weak
during this rest period.
This is not the time to pinch, prune or shape a Christmas
cactus. The best time is when the new growth begins
in March or early April.
Likewise, the best time for repotting a cactus is in
February, March or April. However, keep in mind the
plant will flower best if it's kept in a container where
it's pot-bound. If your Christmas cactus is given proper
care and is placed in the right location, it's not unusual
for it to flower several times throughout the year.