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By Amy Timmerman
Holt County Extension 

Growing tips for a Chrismas cactus

 

December 1, 2022

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Colorful blooms • A Christmas cactus requires plenty of oxygen at the roots for growth. Light and temperature also determine when the plant will bloom.

It's a cactus, so it should be easy to care for – I just water it sparingly and keep it dry, right?  Wrong. 

Whether you have a Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus (or an Easter one, for that matter), you take care of them the same way. Keys to their care come from their native habitat, which is not a desert but the cloud forests of costal southeast Brazil. The high-altitude costal areas where they're from are cool, shaded, and relatively humid with the mists and moisture rich air. They are epiphytic or lithophytic – meaning that they grow on trees and in crevices with decaying plant ma...



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