THE CHRISTMAS CACTUS

Christmas Cacti are a spectacular group of holiday houseplants that are desired by many. It can be quite intimidating to care for such a beautiful tropical plant. On the other hand, care for this plant is easier than you would think. With eye captivating colors – ┬ásuch as shades of pink, red, purple, yellow, and white – the most difficult decision you make could possibly be just choosing which one to add to your home and care for many years to come. After your Christmas Cactus is home, it is important to find the right locaDSCF0005tion for your plant to grow. Unlike most cactus which need bright direct lighting, this particular plant prefers to stay out of the spot light you might say. Christmas Cactus grow best in dappled lighting, away from direct sunlight which can stunt growth and burn the leaves of the plant. This plant does not like heavy drafts, heat vents, fireplaces, or other sources of hot air. Your plant will grow best in temperatures ranging from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit which are easily maintained in normal housing conditions. Unlike true Cacti, this variety cannot tolerate completely dry soil. The soil should be evenly moist but not soggy for best growth. Actively growing plants should be given a general purpose water-soluble fertilizer two to four times a year. It is recommended that you stop fertilizing by October right before your cactus should start to bud. Only repot your plant every two to three years in early spring to keep your plant healthy and happy.

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