When to Repot Christmas Cactus - Knowledgebase Question

Water Valley, MS
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Question by stonestreet
June 2, 1999
I have a hanging pot with 3 christmas cactus plants in it which I received from the florist 8-9 years ago. I put it outside in mostly shade and fertilized it with Bloom Plus all summer. It bloomed beautiful during the summer and when it got to high 30's - low 40's I brought it in and it bloomed beautifully between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My question is : Do I need to repot this plant, do they ever become root bound to the point they will die? And if I do need to repot, how do I do it without breaking all the leaves off of it?

Answer from NGA
June 2, 1999
Your Christmas cactus sounds like a lovely plant! I wouldn't worry about repotting it as long as it continues looking that good! They tend to like to be a bit pot bound--my mother has one that I gave her as a child (don't ask how many years ago that was!) and it's still in the same pot, blooming away during the holidays. If for some reason you did need to repot, try gently wrapping a towel, piece of cloth, or even sheets of newspaper around the hanging stems. Have a partner gently hold that up and out of the way, while you do the lifting of the rootball and repotting. Thanks for writing!

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