Caring for Your Christmas Cactus

Bring vibrant color into your home this season by growing a Zygocactus, AKA the Christmas cactus.

Christmas cactus blooms are so unique because of their flower structure and variety of colors, the most common being red, fuchsia, pink, white, and orange. Rare colors you come across can be peach or yellow, so check in weekly to see what we have available!

Fun Facts about Christmas Cactus

  • Release oxygen at night.
  • Can bloom up to three times. Generally the bloom cycle starts around Thanksgiving, a second around Christmas and a possible third bloom around Easter.
  • Non-toxic to cats and dogs.
  • Needs lights off at night for up to 14 hours. When the sun goes down the lights should be off in the room your cactus is in. Keeping the lights on can cause your cactus to not bloom.
  • Water every 7 – 10 days, only when dry. Over watering is the most common source of plant demise.
  • Native to Brazil.
  • Grows well in cooler places of the house near drafty rooms, windows, and doors.
  • Late spring is the best time to propagate cuttings.

Growing Tips

Keep your plants happy and healthy by following these simple care tips:

  • Grow plant in a location where it will receive bright light during the day and darkness at night.
  • Water your cactus when you’re able to stick your finger in the soil and can only feel moisture at the very tip of your finger; this may be the case once a week, or once every 2 weeks. The time it takes for the top one third of the soil to dry out is incredibly dependent on the environment – humidity, heat, air flow.
  • Do not let your plant sit in a tray of water after watering. Allow water to freely drain from the pot.
  • Do not let your plant get too dry. If it gets too dry, the flowers and buds will drop.
  • Place in the coolest part of the house, away from a heater, preferably next to a draft window or door for best blooms.

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Beyond the Bloom

Around early spring the blooms will altogether fade. There are a few things to know if you’d like to have a lovely bloom again during the next holiday cycle.

  • Fertilize every 2 weeks from spring through early fall with an all purpose fertilizer, such as Down to Earth All Purpose liquid fertilizer. During the fall and winter, feed once a month.
  • In late spring (late May to June), make clean cuts to a few sections of each stem, pruning the plant to encourage branching.
  • Keep your plants in a cool place as fall and winter approach as flower buds form best in temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees F.

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