Tips for Your Christmas Cactus Hanging Basket

By November 11th, 2018

Christmas Cactus

‘Tis the season for holiday plants. Whether it’s a real Christmas tree, a fresh wreath, a blossoming poinsettia, or a flowering plant, there are so many types of festive plants to enjoy throughout the holiday season. This year, make your Christmas decor more unique and more special than ever by adding a Christmas cactus to the mix. This exotic holiday plant adds a splash of colour and whimsy to your Christmas plantings and breathes new life into even the most traditional holiday décor.

The secret to enjoying your Christmas plants all holiday long is to give them the right care they need to thrive. To maintain your Christmas cactus throughout the holiday season you should pay special attention to the following care tips:

Water Intake

A Christmas cactus is a relatively low maintenance plant, but that doesn’t mean you can just leave it to dry out. Pay attention to the water levels by feeling the soil with your fingertips. Allow it to dry out slightly between watering so it’s not over saturated, but also make sure that you don’t go too long between watering and have it dry out. Keeping an eye on your hanging planters regularly allows you to monitor the water levels so you can make sure they’re always well hydrated.

Temperature

Displaying hanging flower baskets around your home creates a beautiful way to enjoy Christmas blooms during the holidays. It’s important to care for your plants by giving them the optimal growing conditions. For the Christmas cactus, this means a warmer temperature, like the one inside your home. Ontario winters are too harsh for the Christmas cactus to grow outdoors, but they can thrive in the comfortable temperature inside the house.

Light

The Christmas cactus’s leaves can burn if it’s placed in extreme sunlight, but that’s not a concern in Canada, especially not during the winter months! Find a place in your home that’s not too dark so your cactus hanging basket can enjoy some natural sunlight, but make sure it’s not overly sunny either. Given our climate, your cactus should flower beautifully when placed in a sunny window.

With the right care and maintenance, you can easily enjoy your Christmas cactus all through the holiday season and well into the new year. Visit TERRA Greenhouses to choose a beautiful cactus plant and get the expert advice you need to be able to enjoy the festive cheer it brings to your home this Christmas.

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