repotting Christmas cacti

nccactuslady(7)August 25, 2013

Now that I have the aloe repotted to root I am working on my Christmas cactus. I have been using a mixture of potting soil, an orchid mixture and "chicken" grit. Is there anything I should add or do differently?
Nancy

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cactusmcharris

I don't think the orchid mixture would serve your Aloe well, but with tropical cactus it's just fine. I'd go with just the screened potting soil and grit for your Aloe. But to answer your question in this post, I can't (and shouldn't, since I don't and have never grown them).

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 12:40PM
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nccactuslady(7)

I just used potting soil and grit for the aloe. I was asking about the mix for christmas cacti.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 12:59PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

For the Holiday Cacti, I would use mostly Orchid Mix, then a small amount of chicken grit, and just a pinch of potting mix to help "bind" the other ingredients. The mix should be durable, should dry quickly, and should allow you to water thoroughly without fear of root-rot.

Josh

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 1:08PM
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nccactuslady(7)

Thank you Josh... that is the mix I'm using. I was just curious if I needed to add something else. Do you fertilize your holiday cacti?
Nancy

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 2:02PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I sure do. I fertilize 1/4 strength at least once a month, but I advise more regular fertilizing for full growth potential. 1/4 once a week would be excellent during the growing season.

Josh

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 3:30PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Hi Nancy...That mix that Josh suggested is what I used for my CC as well, I fertilize mine once a week (spring through mid fall) and usually by mid November our weather starts to cool off...I live in FL so I have a much longer growing season,lol...

I use a little more fertilizer as well about 1/3 to 1/2 strength when I see new growths...and cut back when our weather cools down.

Good luck!

Hi Josh and Jeff!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 4:21PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Howdy, Nancy! :-)

Josh

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 12:11AM
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nccactuslady(7)

Puglvr... is your name Nancy too? If so I will start signing my name as Nancy B so there won't be any confusion. BTW.. what kind of fertilizer do you use on your holiday cacti?
Nancy B

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 9:41AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Yes Nancy...we have the same name :o)

I use the same one as Josh I believe...Dyna Grow Foliage Pro 9-3-6. I have also used Miracle Grow all purpose fertilizer as well before I purchased the DG with good results at 1/3 the dosage...

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 11:51AM
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haxuan(Vietnam)

Hi Josh and Nancy

You mentioned using "orchid mix + chicken grit + small amount of potting soil" for potting CC.

Please educate me...is orchid mix not the same as orchid bark? Can you get this mix in Home Depot or you have to make them?

Thanks for your info.

Xuan

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 5:33PM
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nccactuslady(7)

I get the orchid mix at the local Lowes... it's a mixture of charcoal, small rocks, bark and a tad of soil
Nancy B

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 7:07PM
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haxuan(Vietnam)

Thank you Nancy B

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 11:34AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Hi Xuan, Yes, Nancy B is right...I've seen them at Walmart and HD has it also.

You can also use the "seedling" Orchid Bark as well...it doesn't have the other ingredients that the Orchid Mix has. Down side is I believe they only come in very large bags...

A friend who grows Orchids gave me a small bag to try...
Here's what it looks like...

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 9:50AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello, ladies! :-)
Pug, that bark is beautiful in size and texture!

Josh

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 1:07AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

It is definitely the best I've ever seen and tried Josh!! I'll have to see if I can get some from the same vendor she gets it from? I'm hoping to split a bag with her :o)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 8:37AM
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monet_g

Orchid suppliers carry some of the best potting medium ingredients including some very nice bark! The problem is the shipping costs. However, in the Fall (and Spring) many travel to local Orchid shows and will bring your order so you can save on the shipping. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 9:59AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Monet, I couldn't agree with you more! I try to avoid shipping whenever possible lol... Luckily, she goes to an Orchid show at least 2-3 times a year, :o) hoping to split an order with her and save on the outrageous shipping costs...

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 12:17PM
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andy_e(SF Bay CA 9/14)

Is there some problem you've had before that the orchid mix is intended to solve?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 7:10PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Hello Nancy, Xuan, and Josh and all!!!

Nancy, if that Orhciada Bark or Fir Bark? I love it!

Mike

This post was edited by meyermike_1micha on Mon, Sep 2, 13 at 21:03

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 9:01PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Hi Mike!! I have NO idea,lol...she gave me a small bag in a plastic bag and didn't know the exact brand ( I guess she got it from another orchid grower. I'll try and see if I can get a name when I see her in a few weeks...

Andy, NO problems or issues. Pine or Fir bark is something I use in my potting mix but the small size like the one I posted above have always been extremely hard for me to find locally...till I came across this lady that grows Orchids :o)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 2:30PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Walmart - chopped very, very fine - $2.68 a bag - use it for everything

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 5:22PM
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monet_g

The Walmart bark is probably starting to break down which can be a good thing. It can more readily add nutrients to the soil, but will hold more water. I found a similar product at a high end nursery and paid ~$7.00! I need to check Walmart. Thank you!

Gail

This post was edited by monet_g on Wed, Sep 4, 13 at 10:24

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 10:19AM
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