HOW TO PRESERVE A CHRISTMAS CACTUS LOOKING BEAUTIFUL ALL SEASON LONG
Not surprisingly, the Christmas cactus blooms around Christmas and sometimes around Easter, if properly taken care of, and is a beautiful holiday plant known in botany as zygocactus. You will be able to see the tips of the leaves begin to grow a month BC. Leaves darken over days until a bud forms. The blossoms bloom at Christmas time as if by magic, and become beautiful flowers that add color and warmth to any holiday season.
Provide your Christmas cactus with a bright but indirect light. Keep the plant in a well-lit location (for example, near a window) out of direct sunlight, as excess heat and light can weaken growth and burn leaves. It should also be away from drafts, heating vents, or other hot air sources
Provide the plants with a source of moisture if you live in a dry environment. Place a container of water near the plant so that the water evaporates and provides moisture. You can also make a dampener by placing a pot on a waterproof saucer and half pebble and water filled.
Use a well-drained container and well-draining soil. Some inexpensive seedling pots are good as a container, and orchids (the plastic basket-like type) will do the trick. Combine this pot with a pot that holds water and you can place the basket inside, then place a few medium-sized stones at the bottom so that the basket-like container sits about an inch above the bottom.
Add compost to help the plant grow. Actively growing plants should be given a flowering houseplant fertilizer. It’s best to do this for a 2-3 week old plant. Follow the label instructions for how much fertilizer to add and how to add it.
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