The 12 Flowers of Christmas: Day 8

by Rachael Priest on December 15, 2011

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a popular houseplant during the holiday season, mainly because of its ability to produce colorful flowers in abundance just in time for Christmas. The Christmas Cactus is most often found in hanging baskets, although some do choose to plant them in freestanding pots. Because it is so easy to propagate, Christmas Cacti are commonly passed down throughout generations, providing a living heirloom to families to enjoy.

Caring for a Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a tropical flower and, as such, does not care for cold temperatures. They do best when kept indoors to enjoy throughout the Christmas season. Avoid over-watering a Christmas Cactus—too much water can inhibit the blooms from forming or could cause existing blooms to drop off. Water the cactus regularly, but not necessarily every day.

Christmas cacti love humid conditions. While it may be difficult to achieve those conditions in your home, you can try lightly misting your plant with water two to three times per day. Additionally, if you own a humidifier, placing your Christmas Cactus in the same room with it can be helpful.

Propagating Your Christmas Cactus

If you’d like to turn your one Christmas Cactus into four or five to enjoy or to give to friends and family, doing so is relatively simple. All you need is a pot of slightly sandy potting mix and a clipping of one to three segments from the plant. Some people like to use a rooting hormone while others just plant the segments as-is. Both ways work well, so it is a matter of personal preference and success. While you can do this any time of the year, most people have the greatest success in the spring and summer.

If you would like to add a Christmas Cactus to your Christmas décor, contact us here at Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop in Crawford, Ga. We have several cacti to choose from, all with stunning flowers in bloom. Give us a call at 706-743-5830.

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