Christmas cactus concerns

Asked September 4, 2015, 2:44 PM EDT

I have a Christmas cactus that has bloomed for the last few years. I water it about once a week when the soil is dry and it sits in a window that faces east. Lately it seems like some of the cactus ends get limp, then dry up, and fall off. Should I be concerned about this, or is there something I should be doing different?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Hi Mary,
Very few things bother a Christmas cactus. Too much water, too much sunlight not enough fertilizer too little water - these are the main problems. It can take a while for one of these plants to become too big for their pots, but overcrowded roots can cause water to drain too quickly, or not enough soil remains for fertilizer to be effective.Fortunately they are forgiving plants and can lose branches
and leaves occasionally. The plant will respond by sending out new branches.
Here is some cultural information that may help you care for this plant:
https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/homeowners/111122.html
https://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/cactusFAQs.html