Christmas cactus hates spring?
I've had a Christmas cactus for years now. It blooms beautifully for me every winter and then looks like it's on the brink of death for months afterwards. The leaves become dessicated and limp. I usually lose several branches during this after-bloom period, sometimes up to a quarter of the plant dies off! I generally leave this guy outside (zone 9) and cover him any time the temps get below 40. I don't have an exact watering schedule; I guess I water it once a week or so. This year after the bloom I tried withholding water to see if that helped with the die-back but it didn't seem to make any difference. I hope someone can help me keep this guy happier; the yearly dieback is keeping his growth rate pretty stagnant. :(