I bought different colors of these Christmas Cacti about two years ago, each came in small size.
Two years ago, I was a no gardener at all, but could not resist these beauties when visiting the garden center. After they were done blooming that year, I read as much information from the web about the care of these plants as possible. I followed those instructions diligently about watering, fertilizing, and trimming. I also used those cuttings to try to propagate more free plants for myself. I obviously did not do all right, some of them started rotting and dying, and some constantly have the branches broken off. At the end, I only had several colors left, and had very few flowers opened last year.
Earlier December last year, I found some of them showing the buds. They were brought back to the spotlight only then. Some of them still are showing the sign of root rotting. However, I am grateful that they even bloomed for me without any care from this gardener. I think this time, I want to try to put a little bit more care to them, just don't overdo it. Hopefully they can grow healthier and fuller next year.
Here are two of my best Christmas Cacti this year, together with my blooming paperwhites.
Obviously these two "best"s are not that good compared to those that are full of flowers in the store. I know I still have not found the secret to grow them. Anybody has any great tips to grow Christmas Cactus?? How often do you water, fertilize them? What kind of soil medium do you use to increase the drainage?