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Christmas Cactus / Zygocactus

Moderator Deanna
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Christmas Cactus / Zygocactus

Hi Everyone

 

A few months ago I bought a Christmas cactus (Zygocactus) on special.  I put it in a pot with some orchid mix and have watered as needed.

 

It looks like it's getting ready to flower, as I have multiple buds appearing.  

 

Should I consider giving it some form of fertiliser before it flowers?  If so what type of fertiliser would I use.

 

Thanks

 

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greygardener
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Re: Christmas Cactus / Zygocactus

@Deanna

 

Zygocactus need minimal fertilising. Maybe something very gentle in Spring, but definitely not at the moment. Also, don’t move the plant now that buds are forming - they hate changes. 

 

Zygocactus flower at this time of year because its initiated by the longer nights. So make sure the plant isn't exposed to light overnight - even household lighting will affect them. Cover with a box if you need to.  

Moderator Deanna
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Re: Christmas Cactus / Zygocactus

Thanks @greygardener

 

I'll post some pics once it's in bloom.  

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