Status: 08.12.2023, 19:17 PM
By: Joana Lück
With its bright bloom that appears in November, the Christmas cactus has established itself as a houseplant favorite in winter. It should be cared for as follows.
If the hours of sunshine are limited in winter and you don't really want to bloom much in the garden or on the balcony, the Christmas cactus comes at the right time. Whether pink, orange, white or red – the flowers of the plant, which appear from November onwards, come into their own particularly well on the windowsill.
Make sure there is enough humidity in winter
The Christmas cactus is loved for its exotic flowers. © Agefotostock/Imago
Basically, Christmas cacti are low-maintenance plants that don't need a lot of attention. However, if the flowers are falling off or the plant is otherwise weak, you should check the following points:
- Light: The Christmas cactus needs bright, indirect sunlight. However, avoid direct sunlight as this can cause leaf burns.
- Temperature: Keep the Christmas cactus in a temperature range between 15 and 23 degrees Celsius. It prefers cooler temperatures, but avoid drafts and sudden changes in temperature.
- Irrigation: The Christmas cactus likes humid conditions, but waterlogging should be avoided. Water the plant when the top layer of soil is dry and drain off any excess water from the saucer.
- Humidity: The Christmas cactus originally comes from the tropical region of Brazil. It is therefore not surprising that it prefers higher humidity. You can increase the humidity around the plant by placing a shallow bowl of water nearby or spraying it with water. This can be particularly helpful in winter, when the heaters are also running at full speed.
- Resting period: After flowering in winter, the Christmas cactus should have a dormant period. Reduce the amount of water and stop fertilizing to help the plant prepare for the next bloom.
- Repotting: The Christmas cactus does not need to be repotted frequently. If you need to repot it, choose a well-draining potting mix mix.
- Heyday: Christmas cacti are known for their impressive blooms in winter. To encourage flowering, make sure the plant doesn't get too much light, as the cactus is a so-called short-day plant.
- Fertilize They use the Christmas cactus until September and then again from March.
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In general, you should only water enough so that the upper part of the soil is dry again before you supply the cactus with new water.
This article was created with the help of machine support and carefully reviewed by editor Joana Lück before publication