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November Plant of the Month

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

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The Christmas Cactus is a popular houseplant that puts on quite a show! It is a succulent plant that originally came from the jungles in South America growing prolifically on trees and rocks and thriving in the humid environment.

They prefer diffused or low light, are low maintenance and drought tolerant because they prefer to dry out completely between watering. When the buds are set be sure to keep you plant protected from cold drafts by placing it somewhere protected. This will avoid the buds from dropping off and you losing your long awaited bloom cycle. After the holiday season, when all the blooms are spent, let the plant rest for a month or so and then prune away all the faded blooms to encourage new growth.