My Christmas Cactus When Should I Repot?

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q my christmas cactus when should i repot, christmas decorations, gardening, seasonal holiday decor
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  • Ann Ann on Dec 23, 2013
    I don't know if there an ideal time, but I just replanted my Christmas cactus about three weeks ago. Seems to be doing just fine!
  • Nancy Thrift Nancy Thrift on Dec 23, 2013
    wait till blooms are all gone is what i have always been told
  • Amy Ward Stanley Amy Ward Stanley on Dec 23, 2013
    thanks Nancy
  • Anne Jorgensen Anne Jorgensen on Dec 23, 2013
    i agree with nancy...dont get a post so big tho it will take forever to fill..i learned that one. it took forever to bloom the next time
  • Nancy Merrell Nancy Merrell on Dec 23, 2013
    I have had mine for years. I only change the pot when it is outgrowing the one its in, they are very tough so you can repot almost any time.
  • Mary Dietz Mary Dietz on Dec 24, 2013
    It doesnt look to me like its too big for the pot its in. Alot of plants actually like being a little crowded as opposed to having too big a pot.
  • Becky Becky on Dec 24, 2013
    I agree with not potting before necessary. My mom had a huge one , huge, maybe as old as I at the time 30+ years. She repotted only twice that ?I can remember and always let it dry out between waterings. I'm sorry to say that mine slip of hers never lasted...not the same green thumb
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Dec 24, 2013
    Christmas cactus are quite forgiving, but the ideal time for repotting would be in the spring, just as it begins actively growing again.
  • April E April E on Dec 25, 2013
    if you just got it it should be fine in the soil it is in for the next year or so. but when to repot as in timing spring is best. and if/when you choose to go up in pot size never go more than 1 size larger . I have a zygo that is 6 years old that I just freshen the soil yearly and pinch it back and root prune to keep it the same size and they do wonderfully this way but also will grow large and beautiful also if you let them just remember they like to stay a bit root bound
  • JANE JANE on Dec 25, 2013
    I agree on the pot size..they tend to like to be almost root bound.
  • Terrie Neudorf Terrie Neudorf on Dec 26, 2013
    if the pot is the same size as the outside looks in the pick you can wait 1 to 2 years to repot. they do like to be rootbound. i have 2 that are both 30 t years old. water well and let dry out. but dont water too often when not blooming. when you do repot do it in the spring.
  • Alyce Wilson Alyce Wilson on Oct 26, 2014
    Alyce-in Iowa...They like to be some root bound. Don't replant until after they bloom, and I use Cactus potting soil. Good luck and enjoy...
  • Kayt Kayt on Oct 26, 2014
    My Christmas cactus belonged to my grandmother. My mother gave it to me 48 years ago. It was in a coffee can when I got it, I have repotted it 5 or 6 times. It blooms every year. I keep it in the house in the winter, but it spends March through November outside. I'm bringing it in today. Expecting frost.
  • Mary Bennett Mary Bennett on Oct 27, 2014
    Hubby bought me one about 6 years ago, & it's still in the same container. My green thumb of rule is if it's doing fine, don't re-pot! I do have a question about the blooming tho' if anyone wants to answer. I was told to put it in the dark for 30 days, bring it out, & it would bloom for Christmas. Worked the first year very well, but bloomed too early so when do I actually put it in the dark, or is this necessary? Looked kind of wilted this year, but is coming back quite well now.
    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 27, 2014
      @Mary Bennett I've never heard of putting them in the dark, but I'm not sure how it would help because it is changing length of daylight that signals these plants to bloom. They need long nights and short days for six weeks to come into bloom. So the easiest thing to do may be to cover them as the sun goes down so artificial lighting doesn't give them the wrong message.
  • Mary Bennett Mary Bennett on Oct 29, 2014
    @Douglas Hunt! Thanks! I think it's because they have changed daylight savings time. I usually just put it in the basement & cover with a large brown paper bag, & it blooms right around Christmas. The first time it didn't bloom until mid January. Appreciate your thought on it. Have always wondered about it, & the tip I got was from a florist, but they didn't tell me why. Now I know! Thanks again! :)
  • Rita Cristina Frissong Rita Cristina Frissong on Oct 30, 2014
    Ayudar a responder a esta pregunta ...En Argentina se llama Santa Teresita. Hay con flores rosas, rojas y fucsias, le gusta el sol y salvo que esté muy apretada en su maceta no hace falta cambiarla
  • Joyce Berry Joyce Berry on Nov 01, 2014
    They are a plant that likes to be fairly root bound. I have had mine for several years and have never repotted it. I stop watering it in Oct and it blooms all winter right inot Easter.I do water it after it starts blooming, but very lilghtly and amybe once a month
  • Mary Bennett Mary Bennett on Jan 08, 2015
    The no watering as a good idea! I brought mine out of the dark after thirty days, & it started blooming right away just in time for Christmas, but I recently watered it, & the blooms are all falling off now. Thanks for the tips!
  • April E April E on Jan 09, 2015
    The reason the plant blooms after putting it in the dark with no daylight I'd because it is dieing and it is trying to procreate itself this is a short day blooming plant it needs 10-12 hours of darkness a NIGHT for blooming not being put in the dark for a month. Also when you water just water it thoroughly lightly water plants does nothing for them and causes a salts build up in the soil that over time will weaken and can kill the plant zygote are not true cactus and will thrive under the same condition as a African violet. And before anyone gets upset I have a hort degree and spent decades in the buisness I have probably grown close to 1mil zygote in my lifetime I also have one I inherited from my grandmother
  • Boyd Boyd on Jan 09, 2015
    I have two, because a 'branch' was broken off the first and I just stuck it into soil in a new pot. It bloomed within a few months. The first I've had for 30 years. I sits year round at the same southern window. I water it every week. It blooms from the first of November to the end of Jan., sometimes longer. I have repotted it 3-4 times but it does really well to top-off with new soil during non-blooming time. It keeps growing and is covered in blooms.
  • Terrie Neudorf Terrie Neudorf on Jan 09, 2015
    Well woopitie do about your degree April I do what I know works . Tried and true . My one cactus is 30 years old and still blooming right now . I didn't need a degree to grow plants . I do what I found works . I have never had a problem with my plants . I grow one I've been told won't grow in my climate too . The books are always right . Have a great day .
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