Christmas cactus

Suzy11April 13, 2014

My Christmas cactus has dull green leaves, not shiny. What does that mean? Is it ok?

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hi, Suzy, post a pic :-)

Josh

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 12:27AM
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Suzy11

Hi josh! Here you go.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 10:16AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I can kind of see what you're talking about, but it's very difficult with a pic that is both unclear/out of focus (can't tell if the leaves are dehydrated), as well as upside down. I can also see that this is a Thanksgiving Cactus, rather than a Christmas Cactus.

How much sun, fertilizer, and water is it receiving?

Josh

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 10:31AM
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tommyr_gw

It looks fine to me. Is it getting bright, indirect Sun? Are you feeding it?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 12:12PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Not sure why you think these leaves are supposed to be shiny, I don't think they are. Mine aren't & they're fine.

Just in case, I Googled it & the loads of pix shown there weren't shiny either.

Your plant looks fine from here, even if upside down.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 3:47PM
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nomen_nudum

Looks to be a little to wet or perching ( after editing pic) Might benifit from a new "less peat in the mix" soil. Maybe a slightly bigger new pot as well.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 3:55PM
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Suzy11

I didn't turn the picture upside down I know why I it looks like that. I water until water comes out the bottom every week fertilize ever other week. Don't use peat based soil. Will transplant into taracota. Sound okay?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 5:56PM
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Suzy11

Should I spritz it at all?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 5:58PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

No, spritzing does no good.

What type of mix is it planted in? 5-1-1? Bark-based? Orchid mix?

Josh

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 7:48PM
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Suzy11

It is in organic mechanic potting soil. When I repot it I am going to use O.M. Container soil. That is what my citrus trees are in, it has.more drainage then the potting mix.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 8:44PM
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nomen_nudum

Mixed choices using terra cotta VS plastic pots for yours Some like plastic cauce it hangs.TC pots breath better, more pros than cons for either.

Ensure drainage holes are visual nothing blocking like a built in/ snap on drip catch tray if plastic.

Reconcider a small chunk size orchid bark mix ?

This post was edited by nomen_nudum on Tue, Apr 15, 14 at 8:34

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 9:21PM
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Suzy11

Okay I will think about the soil. OM does have bark. Can I use a coffee liner to cover the hole or how does the soil stay in the pot? Do these cactuses have shallow roots?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 11:23AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

They have extensive roots :-)
Is "OM" orchid mix?

Josh

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 2:21PM
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