Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera): flowering time and care

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera): flowering time and care

The Christmas cactus is one of the few plants that bloom in the winter months, and has - unlike other cacti - no spines. Along with the Christmas star that is why he is one of the most popular houseplants during the Christmas season.

In addition, this plant is very easy to clean, and offers a long bloom. Thus, their development blossoms October to February.

The winter cactus, with the botanical name "Schlumbergera", One of the leaf and cacti and is native to Brazil, where it grows as so. Epiphyte on forked branches of trees.

Although the plant needs very little care, but it is worth all the more because it is up to 30 years old.

Contents about Christmas cactus

  • The right location for the Christmas cactus
  • Care tips for Schlumbergera
  • Proliferation of Christmas cactus
  • What helps with dead leaves and rotten roots?

The right location for the Christmas cactus

Schlumbergera are short-day plants, which is why the flowering is very dependent on the ambient temperature and day length. At the shorter days in winter they therefore bloom up to three times when the temperatures between 15 ° and 20 ° Celsius. they feel Furthermore, on a bright to partial shade well, for example on window sills. However, the Christmas cactus should not be placed over a radiator or in strongly heated rooms as it represents a temperature of 23 ° Celsius no more buds and absent the flowers. Overnight, he needs about 12 hours of darkness.

However blooming Schlumbergera are sensitive to a change of location and throw their worst blossoms from. For this reason, you should use this plant - put on another place either before or after flowering - if necessary.

Care tips for Schlumbergera

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera): flowering time and care

For a multiple flowering remove dead plant after the first and second bloom. In this way, the Christmas cactus can form new shoots. During this time, the plant is content with a little water. In spring regular fertilizer additions promote their growth. Here, in addition to cactus fertilizer also normal plant fertilizer should be used.

From August to September will take the rest of this plant, in which it requires very little water and prefers a dark location. In the warmer months, you can put in a sheltered from rain site they also outside.

The Christmas cactus does not tolerate hard water, so you should either use collected rainwater or boiled water for casting. As soon as the first buds show, should be given less water initially more and during the flowering period. Finally, after the end of flowering, an approximately four-week rest period in which the leaf cactus is kept almost dry follows.

Proliferation of Christmas cactus

After several years, these cacti grow into larger bushes. Who they are too large or those who want to plant new Schlumbergera on the window sill, rotates the outer members from the plant. Important: The cactus limbs Not cut off! The wacky plant parts are employed in a flower pot with soil. After a short time already roots form.

What helps with dead leaves and rotten roots?

Christmas cactus was poured too often or too much water, wither its leaves - recognizable by the brown spots. In this case, you should take the Christmas plant from the pot and remove rotting roots and shoots withered. Then you plant it in fresh soil and begrudge him a two-week rest period in which he is hardly cast. After that, you give him a little water and slowly returns to normal care.

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