What type of potting mixture do I replant Xmas Cactus cuttings in after they've rooted? Can I leave them in water?
By elyag from Rochester, NY
I've actually purchased cactus soil mix. It's very light and doesn't hold a lot of moisture. Check your garden center. I've had one of my Christmas cacti almost 21 years. Just keep repotting it. (07/21/2009)
Any old dirt that doesn't have water retaining clay in it, will work fine. The dirt is not at all critical with those leafy "cacti". What is important to get a nice crop of flowers is wind. They look fragile, but they love the wind. The more wind they get in summer and fall, the more flowers they produce.
The same applies to leaf "cacti" that bloom at Easter, Pentecost or midsummer. With enough wind, they will produce flowers that will knock your socks off. For an example that bloomed yesterday, have a look at dawna.com
When it blooms, dad brings it into his winter garden. The rest of spring, summer and fall it hangs in a chain basket under the eaves.
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