Although poinsettias dominate flowering plant sales around the holiday season, there are alternative plants that deserve consideration.
One such plant is the Christmas cactus. A Christmas cactus is a very quirky plant and looks so great over the festive period in full bloom with its bright flowers.
Although they are somewhat low-maintenance, there is one mistake that can jeopardise their blooms.
Probably the most common mistake of most houseplants, under watering can be damaging to the growth of a Christmas cactus.
Despite this plant being a cactus, which is generally known to be moody around water, this variety isn’t afraid of water like its cousins, according to the experts at West Coast Gardens.
They said: “Unlike what you’re used to, the Christmas cactus enjoys the water and prefers to be watered frequently, making sure to get all the soil soaked.
“Although you should allow the soil to dry out a bit between your scheduled waterings, never let it dry out completely.”
The experts warned that under-watering can “stunt your plant’s growth” and cause it to “drop all of its carefully grown blooms”.
To water a Christmas cactus, soak the soil in water until excess water pours from the pot’s drainage holes, making sure to go back to your plant to check for any sitting water in the tray or outer pot.
Clear excess water out to make sure the roots do not become oversaturated, leaving them susceptible to rot.
Gardening experts at Pennington argue that proper watering is key to “healthy roots and plump, well-hydrated buds and blooms”.
They suggest watering a Christmas cactus thoroughly but letting the top inch of soil dry out between waterings.
Aside from under watering