How to Care for Christmas Cactus Indoors

Just in time for the holidays, the Christmas cacti (hence their name) bloom and they are pretty breathtaking also. The drooping branches, which are made up of flat, glossy green segments, can grow up to 3 feet long. Blooms in red, white, yellow, pink, or purple appear at the tips of these branches, up to 3 inches long with multiple layers of petals. Everyone bloom lasts for several days and the entire flowering period of most Varieties will take several weeks. But in order for these plants to look beautiful, you need to follow all the steps involved in properly caring for Christmas cacti.

Christmas cactus care

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There are certain factors that can aid or hinder your Christmas cactus’ potential. For example, this coastal Brazilian plant (also known as S.Chlumbergera) prefers wetter conditions than desert species. It also takes longer periods of darkness before it can begin to bloom.

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With that said, here’s how to make sure this festive plant will brighten up your home year after year.


What you will need

Before you get started, stock up on this important information on how to care for Christmas cacti.


How to care for Christmas cacti

Lack of water and dramatic changes in temperature can cause flower buds to fall off faster. Maximize your specimen flowering time by considering these six key factors:

  • ground: Use a good quality soil that is rich in humus and other nutrients.
  • temperature: Ensure an optimal climate of 65 degrees.
  • irrigation: Keep the soil evenly moist while your plant is in bloom and spray frequently.
  • light: Place the cactus in an east-facing window for moderate light and some direct sun.
  • fertilization: Apply a high-potassium fertilizer every two weeks as soon as buds form.
  • transplantation: Repot your cactus every year after flowering.
Christmas cactus care

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How to Promote More Bloom

Keep the plants cool after cooling down (around 50 degrees) Blooming Period. Water them to barely keep the soil moist and withhold fertilizer. When new growth begins, use the following strategy to encourage flowering: keep the plants in an environment with a temperature between 55 and 65 degrees and give them four to six weeks after the 10 hour light and 14 hours total darkness growth appears. When buds appear, move the plant to warmer temperatures and begin regular cultivation as described above. Plants should flower in about six weeks.

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