Christmas cactus care – tips for the right location and for casting & fertilizing

Cultivate Christmas cactus

The Christmas cactus is actually quite easy to maintain. Nevertheless, there are some things that you should keep in mind so that you can enjoy your cactus for a long time.

Cultivate Christmas cactus
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Christmas cacti, also called Schlumbergera, originally come from the rainforests of Brazil. The cactus plant, which can carry red, white or orange flowers, grows up to 40 inches high and almost as wide. The flowering usually takes place for six weeks from November to December, so that the cactus solemnly shapes the holidays. As the limb cactus is fairly easy to care for and proves to be a long-lasting companion, it is particularly popular as a houseplant among some lovers. But how does the care of the Christmas companion best take place? Which location does the plant need – and what else is to be considered?

Many facets for decorative uses

The Christmas cactus is not only known for its beautiful flowers in the Christmas and winter time, but also for its biodiversity. So the Schlumbergera Orssichiana is known to form flaming red flowers, which are very rare to find. The Schlumbergera Truncata, on the other hand, is very easy to care for and is now widely used because lovers buy it as a houseplant because of the pink, orange or red and white flowers. Incidentally, the Christmas cactus orients itself to the sun, so he does not like it, if he is constantly misrepresented or turned around.

Benefits of Christmas
Cactus ✔ Blooms for about six weeks
✔  Blossom takes place from November to December in winter time
✔  is usually easy to care for
✔ Blossoms can be red, white, orange or pink
✔  There are many types of Christmas cactus , including rare ones
✔  beautiful houseplant, which also looks handsome by their limbs

Disadvantages of the Christmas
Cactus ✘ throws off its buds, if it is shifted or changed too often, because he has to turn back towards the sun
✘  some varieties are very rare and therefore hardly available
✘ no flowering outside the winter time, so that the whole Year to wait for this

Which location is the best?

First of all, it should be said that the Christmas cactus is not kept in the garden or on the balcony. Because this is a houseplant, which incidentally depends on a slightly sunny, but partly shady location. The greenhouse from the rainforest is very pleased with the early sun in the morning or evening, which is why owners should look for such a location. On the other hand, heat from the midday sun should be avoided if you are looking for a perfect location for the Christmas cactus would like to find. Therefore, a certain distance to the Fester should be achieved if no better location can be found. If you want to store the cactus at appropriate temperatures outdoors, they should not fall below 10 degrees Celsius at night. Then the cactus is allowed to linger in a shady spot. Here, however, it is important to get used to it in advance to outside temperatures, for example, by the hourly storage outdoors. If the cactus remains inside, it may be stored over a heater, because warm roots do the plant good.

Which earth does the Christmas cactus need?

At best, cactus soil is used for the Christmas cactus, because this must be as permeable as possible – waterlogged cactus does not tolerate waterlogging . A small amount of sand or clay may be contained in the soil. Potting soil, however, is less well suited because it is often not permeable enough and said waterlogging forms. If you have the opportunity to add some clay granules to the cactus soil, this benefits the Christmas cactus.

Does the Christmas cactus have to be repotted?

Because a Christmas cactus grows up to 40cm high and almost as wide, it may from time to time be necessary to give it a larger habitat, ie bigger flower pot. Otherwise, the roots of the plant would have no more space, so that not only stops the further growth, but blooms only miserably. In general, it should only be repotted after the flowering period, the roots are particularly important to ensure that they are not damaged. When repotting, the new pot should also be used with fresh rather than old soil, so that the cactus also receives fresh nutrients. In general, the flower pot for Christmas cactus should be smaller than the cluster of plants above the earth is wide. That’s because the root system of the Christmas cactus is growing very fast,

Do you have to fertilize the Christmas cactus – or is the watering enough?

When it comes to the care of a Christmas cactus, of course, is also the casting. Here are some things to keep in mind, such as:

➣ the water itself must by no means be chalky, better boiled water or rainwater from the garden is better – lime water is under no circumstances well tolerated by the Christmas

➣ at higher temperatures in spring, summer and late summer, the casting should be very regular, so
if the substrate can be soaked up with water 

➣ if water collects in the saucer , it should always be removed immediately to prevent
waterlogging Aquarium Aquarium water is also suitable for watering as it contains nutrients, but this should not happen too often

The fertilizer runs a little differently. The Christmas cactus comes finally from nutrient-poorer climes and is therefore not clear with too high a nutrient amount. Less is so in terms of fertilizer at the Christmas cactus significantly more. Young, about freshly bought Christmas cacti need not be fertilized, after a year or two may be the first fertilization. It takes very little liquid plant fertilizer to provide the Christmas cactus in the spring with its necessary dose of nutrients.

Cut the Christmas cactus – does one have to cut at all?

The cutting of the popular Christmas cactus is really only necessary if you want to propagate this over cuttings. These can then be planted at least three centimeters deep in a flower pot in cactus soil to grow into a stand-alone plant after being kept moist. Too frequent watering is again here to avoid because of waterlogging. Otherwise you can cut off dried flowers after the flowering of the Christmas cactus, unless they fall off by themselves. Dried limbs may also be cut off if necessary, otherwise no pruning is necessary.


As you can see, the Christmas cactus is a very handsome, but also easy-to-maintain representative of the cacti. Although you wait for the whole year on the pretty flower , but this holds in the winter quite a long time and offers a nice change from other plants in the winter time. Even the casting requirements are so low that even laymen can keep them well – in addition, it saves a lot of work with it, as no cuts are necessary and the plant does not need large pots, and little fertilizer. In any case, it is worthwhile to think about the purchase of Christmas cacti.

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