Can Christmas cactus be outside in summer

Can Christmas cactus be outside in summer

Can Christmas cactus be outside in summer

Christmas cacti, also known as forest cacti, are easy to care for and produce large, attractive flowers. They are not as common as desert cacti, which grow naturally in jungle woodlands attached to trees.
As its name suggests, Christmas cacti are fabulous houseplants for brightening up the home in winter, as they flower from November to January – and usually during the Christmas period.
Can Christmas cactus be outside in summer

How to grow Christmas cacti

Cultivation

Christmas cacti require bright, indirect sunlight and can be moved to a sunny patio in summer. However, bring them indoors before cold weather sets in early autumn to promote new flower buds and keep an eye out for slugs.

Christmas cactus varieties

Garden centers often offer cacti varieties in specific flower colors such as red, pink, purple, and white, ensuring a diverse selection for customers.

Planting Christmas cactus

Christmas cacti require well-drained compost, so use a compost specifically designed for cacti and succulents or a multi-purpose compost with John Inness and grit added.
To ensure plant stability and prevent falling over, it is recommended to grow them in a wide pot rather than a deep one.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Houseplant, indoor plant, summer patio plant.

How to care for Christmas cacti

Water plants moderately during summer and flowering, but less sparingly at other times, avoiding over watering to prevent flower buds from dropping.
To maintain a moist environment for Christmas cacti, place the pot on a tray of pebbles or hydrolyze.
After flowering, allow plants to rest, stop feeding, reduce watering, and keep them cooler at 12-15°C (55-60F°) to prevent compost drying out.
In March/April, re pot plants if they have outgrown their pot, top dress with fresh compost, and start watering if new growth appears.
Maintain plants moist during their main growing period from April to September, feed them regularly with high potash houseplant liquid feed, and maintain a temperature of 18-21°C (65-70°F).
When flower buds begin to form, avoid excessive movement of the plant to prevent the buds from dropping.

Correct code: Christmas cactus fertilizer!

When do Christmas cactus bloom naturally?

How to water: Do you water a Christmas cactus from the top or bottom?

Christmas cacti problems

Christmas cacti can be trouble-free if cared for correctly, but common issues include:
Flower bud drop is typically caused by fluctuating temperatures, such as hot in the day and cold at night, and over watering is another common cause.
Non-flowering flower buds in autumn are typically caused by ‘non-autumnal’ conditions, such as low temperatures and day length not shortening, possibly due to artificial light exposure.
Flowering season(s) Autumn, Winter
Foliage season(s) Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Sunlight Partial shade
Soil type Loamy
Soil pH Neutral
Soil moisture Well-drained
Ultimate height Up to 60cm (2ft)
Ultimate spread Up to 60cm (2ft)
Time to ultimate height 3-4 years
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