How to Care for The Christmas Cactus

There are a few basic tips that you need to know to successful grow a Christmas cactus or what many call the Thanksgiving cactus. In this post I share tips that work for me along with some fun facts about the plant.

How to Care for The Christmas Cactus Christmas Cactus

Below are a few tips I’ve learned over the years growing Christmas cactus in my home.  I’ve killed a few along the way but also had a few bloom again with some basic tips.

  1. Never let the soil dry completely out.
  2. Plant the cactus in a sandy soil.
  3. Do not place the plant in direct sun light.
  4. Provide some humidity – use a pebble tray below the plant and keep it wet.

Assortment of Colors

 

 

How to Water the Christmas Cactus

Lisa recommends during the interview that the Thanksgiving/ Christmas Cactus is watered once a week. I like to do the finger in soil test after watering making sure the top of the soil is very wet.  The cactus plants not not like to be complete dry.  Or it will looks sad and dry like mine did in the video presentation above.  Use  a watering can and pour the water directly into the soil around the plant.  Lisa also recommended taking the saucer of the container and filling it with pebbles that you will fill with water providing a micro climate for the plant indoors.   I hope you will Tweet  Lisa and ask her if anyone else in her household ever takes showers with her plants! 

[Tweet “Hey @houseplantguru anyone showering with plants in your household? #gardenchat “]

Let’s Connect

I’d love to connect with you so please be sure to tweet me below or comment on this blog post.  Do you have a Christmas, Thanksgiving or Holiday Cactus?

Happy Growing Cactus this Holiday Season,

8 thoughts on “How to Care for The Christmas Cactus”

  1. I have one that was my great gramma’s, we believe it is alteast 50 years old. I am now almost 30 and can recall as a young child helping my Nan to wipe the dust off. Asha w/ Jolly Farmer

    • Forgot to mention that it does still bloom (twice a year for some odd reason) Bright pink blossoms but no more then 10 or so blooms.

    • I had this happen before on one of my cactus – the problem was I didn’t notice that the water wasn’t draining from the container until it was too late. I had to repot the plant to get down to the bottom where the hole had been plugged by a few stones. ( NOT SURE how those got there!) I used cactus soil that is made to drain well. Is your soil wet???? Let me know so we can try and figure those one out together.

    • I’ve had another branch broken off since I posted my query, and only have two left. I’m wondering if I over watered it. I may have to start anew with another cactus. I’m so sad because it’s a beautiful bright green leaf with vibrant coral flowers, and it blooms twice a year. It bloomed just before Christmas and what’s left of it is blooming now. It’s in a small pot; could it be root bound?

      • Hi Marilyn,
        I’ve had branches fall off my cactus, as well. I think it happens when the plant has been allowed to dry out too much and then watered. It damages the roots. It likes to be root bound, but pull the plant out of the pot and check the roots and make sure there are no root mealybugs or some other obvious problem. It may be a good idea to take some cuttings in the spring and start a new plant or two to make sure you don’t lose the plant all together.

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