cactus - Knowledgebase Question

uncasville, Co
Question by mumalmewasa
March 10, 2010
i bought christmass cactus 2years ago this year i did not get any flower no new leaves now i saw one new growth. worth to save

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Christmas cactus isn't too demanding. After blooming, the plant needs a rest period during which it gets very little water -- keep the plant barely moist and sitting in a bright window until new growth starts appearing. Only then should you start feeding it and increasing the amount of water but still allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between waterings. They develop flower buds in response to day length and usually they do this without any intervention at all. If yours is not growing and not flowering, it just isn't happy with the amount of light it is receiving. Try setting it in a brighter location and keeping the soil on the dry side. Hope it perks up for you!

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