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Thread: My Christmas Cactus

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    is it possible to water too much? I don't want to kill my plant either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
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    Lots of indirect light
    I have never fertilized it ... didn't know cactus needed it
    I talk to it and my Aloes on a regular basis.
    I haven't pinched it back...but the "leaves" are shriveled some...like not enough water but I know it's gotten enough..
    Not in a drafty place. but I don't put it in a dark place 24/7 either....
    You may be giving it enough water each time, but maybe not often enough? I am wondering if the leaves shriveling is why they are not producing buds?

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    Another thought, my aloes did not require as much water as my Christmas cacti (is that plural??? LOL) so if you are watering them at the same times the cactus may not be getting enough...

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    I literally just walked in the door and brought in a beautiful red Christmas Cactus!! I've been wanting one, so I just got it!! Total splurge. How wild! I love yours. I don't know much about them, except we have a friend who has had one for about 40 years. My DH remembers it as a child. I was hoping I'd have it until I'm old and gray(er)!

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    WooHoo!!! I bet that you will be giving starts off of it to your children when they move into their own homes :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Another thought, my aloes did not require as much water as my Christmas cacti (is that plural??? LOL) so if you are watering them at the same times the cactus may not be getting enough...
    Well, with my cactus, the leaves start to droop sadly if I overwater, and shrivel if underwatered.

    When you water, just make sure that it gets enough water to be wet all the way through. If it is really dry, I usually water until the dish underneath has water in it, then let it sit for about 30 min and then pour off the excess water so that it will drain thoroughly. As long as you let it dry out completely between waterings, and don't let it sit in water after you do water, it is ok. My cactus take as much water as my kolanchoe and other plants. When they are in the house, I water weekly.

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