Common Christmas Cactus Problems & Solutions




Christmas cactus plants are notoriously easy to grow, but you can still encounter problems. This story will cover some of the most common issues and provide solutions.

What Are the Most Common Diseases for the Christmas Cactus?

Christmas cactus rarely suffers from any diseases but can be susceptible to root rot if planted in a potting mix with poor drainage. 


How Do You Treat Christmas Cactus Mold?

If your Christmas cactus stems are starting to mold, use a sharp sterilized blade to remove the damaged sections.


How Can You Tell If a Christmas Cactus Has Root Rot?

You can tell if your Christmas cactus has root rot when the stems are starting to wilt, turn yellow, or develop soft, brown spots. Take the plant out of the pot and inspect the roots. 


What Are the Small Flies in Christmas Cactus Soil?

If you notice small flies on the soil and around your Christmas cactus, they’re fungus gnats. These insects thrive in nutrient-rich, moist soil, and although adults are harmless, the larvae can damage the plant and spread fungal diseases.


How to Get Rid of Small White Insects on a Christmas Cactus?

Christmas cactus can be susceptible to mealybugs, a type of insect that drinks sap and forms soft, white clusters on the stems.


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