Christmas Cactus - Knowledgebase Question

Lillian, AL
Question by michey
February 22, 1998
I have a large Christmas cactus that I transplanted last summer. The plant is very healthy now but it has started it's new growth yet.


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Answer from NGA
February 22, 1998

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Christmas cactus are tropical in nature and appreciate average household temperatures, with a minimum of about 55F in the winter. They need a resting period before they will grow and set flower buds. Here's the year around care schedule: January is usually the flowering period, February and March is the resting period - keep cool (55F) and water infrequently. April and May is the beginning of the growth season; water thoroughly and water again when soil begins to dry out. June, July and August shouldbe spent outdoors in a shady spot. September, October and November is the pre-flowering period; keep on the dryish side until flower buds form, then increase the watering. December and January is the flowering period.

Transplanting your cactus to a larger pot was a good idea. You may just have done it when it was going into its rest period and that's why you haven't noticed any new growth. Treat the plant as outlined above and it should be just fine.

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