Christmas Cactus Q&A: Essential Things You Should Know

Is your Christmas cactus not flowering and looking a bit limp? Are you a new plant parent and not really sure how to care for your cactus?

We'll answer all the essential questions about how to care for the Christmas cactus, from the type of soil to use and how often to water it, to how to get it to flower each season.

How Long Do Christmas Cactus Live?

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Christmas cactus enjoys excellent longevity and can live for more than 100 years.


Christmas cactus is very sensitive to drought but doesn’t like being overwatered either.


Always water from the top. This will help flush out salt and mineral buildups in the soil, improve soil aeration, and ensure that the soil is evenly moist.

How-to Water

Christmas cactus prefers growing in a well-draining, slightly acidic soil mix.

Soil Mix

It needs two things:  – Daytime temperatures ranging between 50°F and 60°F (10°C to 15°C). – At least 12 hours of darkness per day.


Christmas cactus typically starts blooming in early winter and will continue blooming until mid-winter.

Bloom Period

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