Asked on May 23, 2017

Is it safe to put my Christmas cactus out on the deck in summer?

BrendaMarliesCori Widen


No direct sun just lots of light
7 answers
  • Kathy
    on May 23, 2017

    Give your Christmas Cactus bright but indirect light. Keep the plant in a well-lit location (like near a window) away from direct sunlight – too much heat and light can stunt growth and burn the leaves. It should also be away from drafts, heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of hot air.

    Move an indoors plant outdoors in summer to a shady location. It is best to keep in a normal house temperature range, about 65 to 75°F (18 to 20°C). That being said, cooler night temperatures can be used to initiate blooming. We'll discuss getting it to bloom in the final section.
    If it's in a north or east-facing window, you won't have to worry about light. But if it's in a south or west-facing window, diffuse the light with semi-transparent curtains or some other light-diffusing device.
    Provide the plant a source of humidity if you live in a dry environment. Put a tray of water next to the plant so that the water evaporates and provides humidity. Alternatively, you can make a humidity tray by placing the pot on a waterproof saucer that is filled with gravel and halfway filled with water.
    50 to 60% humidity is the ultimate goal.[2] If your environment is close to that, you should be fine.
    Dry climate, outdoors: Water every two to three days when warm and sunny
    Humid, cool or indoors: Water every week
    During the fall and winter months, the plants should be watered less frequently in order to promote blooming.
  • Lora
    on May 23, 2017

    Mine bloom with out any special care. As long as it's indirect light like you said and not to hot, I would try it. Just keep an eye on it to make sure it's not stressing.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 23, 2017

    Yes it will be fine in a disfused light.Before bringing it in for your winter season,re-pot in fresh succulent soil and place back in direct lighting.
  • Chubby58
    on May 24, 2017

    I put all of mine on my front porch. It is covered so they don't get direct sunlight, just light. They seem too thrive.
  • Cori Widen
    on May 24, 2017

    Diffused light is fine, but keep an eye on it.
  • Marlies
    on May 24, 2017

    if they get too much sunlight, the leaves will turn a reddish color
  • Brenda
    on May 24, 2017

    Oh yes, give it some fertilizer in indirect and small bits of direct sun and it will flourish
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