Potting more than one Christmas Cactus in the same pot
My sister bought me two small Christmas Cactuses as a gift for Xmas. I'm debating on whether or not I should place both in the same pot... I'm thinking that they may over crowd one another as they grow.... What do you think??
I have that same cactus it blooms at least 3 times every year. I would put them together. I think they bloom better if the are root bound and use fertilizer for acid loving plants. I am getting ready to plant a pink and white together. I hope it will do good.
@Christine Hendrix .... You brought a smile to my face because you happen to have the same one! I'm so geeked! I haven't purchased the pot for them yet... What type of pot are you using for them... Thank you for the tip on the fertilizer...
I got a gift of two different colored ones for Christmas last year, quite nice. They have been blooming since about a week before Thanksgiving, and are still doing nicely.. I am not so sure about the pot bound advice, when I put mine in a MUCH bigger pot they went crazy, probably got 4 times bigger in just about a month.I also fertalize with Jobes spikes and not the acid loving kind. Not sure this is actually a cactus. Merry Christmas.
I potted several starts from my mother in laws plant last Christmas and just about two weeks ago the first teeny tiny blooms appeared, Christmas is in two days and I am hoping they will open up by then. My MIL's has been blooming full tilt since Thanksgiving ;-)
Christmas cactus can get quite large, so keep that in mind if you are going to put two in the same pot. Use a good cactus and bromeliad mix for planting them.
i would definitely combine them! Maybe even try to find a white one to put in the middle. It may take a larger pot but when they bloom it will be gorgeous!
@Jajohnsey...... Thank you for the tip on the Jobes spike fertilizer... and Merry Christmas to you too! @Deborah Hippler-Rohde... Thank you for your comment...these are great pass-along gifts, I hope they open for you this Christmas.. Merry Christmas! @Douglas Hunt.... Thank you Douglas I'm going to get some tomorrow... Merry Christmas! @Betty Guidry ..... " Ooo that sounds like a pretty mix.... So far I haven't been able to find any White ones but I'll try that idea when I do.... Thank you for the tip.... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!
Good advice on a 3rd plant in the re-potting...3's are more symmetrical in a pot. First of all- wait till after they are finished blooming to re-pot. Just keep them together in a pretty basket or pot to hide the pots. If there are any roots coming through the bottom, it's definitely time to re-pot, soon. Ease them out of the current pots and check how much soil is in the root ball. If there is more soil than roots, then you're okay, for now. If there are tons of matted roots, you'll need to gently cut into the root ball with a serrated knife to just open up the ball, maybe 3 times around the ball. If I am seeing 4 " pots in the photo, I would get a 3rd plant and put them into a 10" diam. pot. Add soil in the bottom to keep the plant at the same soil level as it is now. Add some soil to the inside of the cut ball and place them into the new pot and surround with new soil till filled, not packed in. Gently add warmed water to settle the soil and add more if needed. Fertilize with 1/2 strength fertilizer for a few months, then full strength after that. Northern exposure is best if it's not too cold in the window. Most all plants love being misted... Our Post Office has a huge one in their window-in full bloom! Good luck...
@Nancy Hinds ..... Thank you very much.... " Wait until they are finished blooming, Thanks for that tip as well as the others.... What happens if one is to re-pot while these plants are blooming dose it interfere with the blooming stage? Thank You and Merry Xmas!
Years ago, after my father's funeral, I brought cuttings of all his Xmas cactus plants home with me, clear across the country. I was too busy to find separate pots for them, so they ended up in a large, pretty glazed pot/saucer from China. Nearly 20 years later, they're still in it and must be 3' wide. When in bloom, they stop people in their tracks, despite old, surely spent soil and just a monthly dose of regular fertilizer and SuperThrive.
Christmas cactus likes to be a bit crowded and there is no reason not to put them togather and although douglas hunt is very knowledgeable about almost everything plant this 1 he got wrong forget the "cactus and bromeliad soil, a zygo cactus does 1000 times better in a regular potting mix actually many cacti and most succulents do better in a regular potting mix. what they do not need is regular feeding maybe 2 times a year. the cacti mix is what we always explained as a gardening legend people use it because it has sand and usually perlite but those are not needed for healthy cacti what IS needed is good drainage and never letting them set in water. the way we have always explained this to the public is while a human can survive in a card board box and food hand outs they thrive with decent shelter and regular meals same with cacti while the survive in a lean basically crappy soil they thrive in a good mix and great drainage. and I won't even go into commercial bromeliad mixes............................
@Douglas Hunt I am not doubting that you have many sources but as a horticulturist with a degree and a few decades in the field, growing zygos and 1000s of other plant varieties, I can say without a doubt that sometimes the universities get it wrong I have worked closely with both texas a & m and osu for years and giving lectures to the academic staffs and professionals in the business, and even the professors will say that the academic point of view is quite often skewed to whomever is supplying the money for the testing. and will talk to the people who do the growing for the actual facts. case in point "researchers at osu say you do not need to add amendments to soil in Oklahoma to plant your trees this is joked at as the drop it and stomp it recommendation. this is very true for the river valley that the collage is in but just a few miles west is hard packed red clay that must be amended and usually bermed for new trees and shrubs to grow happily. so I am not trying to say anything about you or 95% of your advice I was just saying this 1 is not the best advice available for this particular plant type
@April E ....... " What they don't need is regular feeding maybe Just twice a year... And they like to be kept crowded.....Thank you April I'll keep these tips in mind... Merry Christmas!
@Douglas Hunt..... Thanks for the website...The Christmas Cactus owners have some very good questions concerning Xmas Cactus issues..I can refer to it in the future.
Great website.I used to have so many indoor plants. Now I have none and I realize I miss them after all the posts here on the Christmas cactus.
I don't know about flowers except they will get root bound if the pot is too little and not bloom.ALSO,I read in a book that if you pour mineral oil on your Christmas Castus in October they will bloom sooner.
@Pat Asaro, Thanks... I would love to become one of those people who have these plants for ages.. I'm giving it a try. Thanks for stopping by..
@Marlene Wilson.... Thank you, I also read on the net something similar to your tip..I read that one could give them Castor oil in October to make them bloom ...
@Judith Monti...14 years in the same soil...WoW! Thank you so much for sharing that! Happy New Year!
Christmas cactus blooms due to day length adding castor oil is not good for the plant it will coat the roots and "drown" the plant and any plant that feels like it is dieing tends to bloom as a last ditch effort to reproduce also I do not think Judith meant the same soil but just that she used reg. potting soil and not a "special" mix
@Linda Smith.... That's an interesting question....I hope someone here can answer that one for you..... So far I have learned that many of the Christmas Cactus owners have kept theirs outdoors until Oct or the first cold snap and bring them indoors soon afterwards....
@Linda Smith the answer to your question is yes where you live in a good year but even as far south as you are there are occasional nasty cold spells that would require you zygo to be covered and moved into the garage (not the house as the drastic tempature change would shock the plant) also as the winter months are when most zygos bloom wouldn't you want it in the house to enjoy?
I have mixed mine before in 1 pot never had anything go wrong with themI have a mid size terracotta strawberry pot (plan on buying another same size) in 1 I will be planting my Red, Orange, peach and Yellow Christmas cactus's -- I plan on mixing them together in all holes, in 2nd one I will put my white, pale pink and hot pink Christmas cactus's (and think I have found a purple one on Ebay :) ) -- note I also have Easter cactus's in most of the colors so I plan on adding those into coordinating pots by colors--that way keeps pot in bloom for a longer part of the year.
Also I do take mine outside during Spring, Summer into early fall-- but I make sure they only get filtered sunlight, then when I bring them in before gets too cold (I don't leave them out if temps going below 50) they are in front of window for light but room is completely dark at night, seems to produce more flowers if no light at night.
@Cynthia E..... "Ooo a terracotta strawberry pot.... I bet that looks very pretty! I've never thought of that.... Thank you for your tips..