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Old 03-27-2015, 09:03 PM
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Repotting a Christmas Cactus


I was given one of the family CCs. It needs to be repotted since its been 4 years in the same soil. Despite not being fertilized since, it did put out some blooms over Christmas.
Its almost 3 feet wide, and about 14 inches tall from the base of the plant up, and almost 2' tall total when including how it cascades. Its in a pretty big pot now, but its planted too deep and sitting about 4" below the rim of the planter.
So, should I look at just lifting it higher in the pot and amending with new soil. I don't know how deep the roots run to consider when buying a new planter for it. I will stick with plastic because it is unbelievably heavy. I would love to see it as a hanging plant but I don't have anything to anchor that much weight to. I don't want to get stuck trying to transplant it and having no where to go, if I don't have something big enough... And I don't want to go too big since I'm finding they prefer being a bit root bound.
Thanks in advance! I'm open for any other input, as well. I plan on having an extra set of hands moving it when I transplant. Still reading on preferred soil mixes and proper light and watering. I'm all about bottom watering everything as much as I can.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:28 PM
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:39 PM
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did you have any luck repotting your Christmas cactus hope it is doing really good for you
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:41 AM
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I didn't do it yet... I was hoping for some advice first. I did look at new planters, and the next size up seems way too big so I think I will wind up just lifting it and adding new soil.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:50 AM
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Show us a photo of that.
One word of wise.....they like being rootbound.
However If you insist on repotting.. separate some of it an put that in smaller pots.
No need to get larger an larger.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:53 AM
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I posted pics in my album. Its approx a 12" planter wide... 12" deep I'm guessing. And as u can maybe see, the base of the plant is at least 4" below the rim of the planter.
It seeds fresh soil... But I don't think it necessarily needs a new planter... And I think it sits too low in the planter. But I am no expert by any means. I don't want to divide it. But anything that breaks off in the process will be up for trade. I did discover its a true Christmas cactus... I just don't know which one except the blooms are a deep pink.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:50 AM
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YOur choice.
They root easily.. Does look old, but it wont kill it to repot.

I never fertilize mine an they bloom always.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:29 AM
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I did it! I kept it in the same pot and just raised it. It was root bound in diameter but not by depth so raising it has at least a few more years in that planter, to grow yet. It was much easier than I expected. thanks
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:32 AM
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well congratulations on your project glad it was a success
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Smorz View Post:
I did it! I kept it in the same pot and just raised it. It was root bound in diameter but not by depth so raising it has at least a few more years in that planter, to grow yet. It was much easier than I expected. thanks
It also doesn't like lots of watering.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:53 PM
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Yes Bali... i was told wait until it tells me it wants water. It will start to droop a bit then give it water and it will perk right up the next day.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:09 PM
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Did you just use regular potting soil for your Christmas Cactus? I'm trying to find the best soil mix for them.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:36 PM
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i have several and they are all just in potting soil and doing great
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:39 PM
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I used an organic potting soil mix with shpagnum moss and bark fines in it. The original soil looks like it may have been a cactus like mix. It seemed to have sand in it. So I put some of that back in on the bottom and mixed in, to help keep it a well drained soil as they prefer.
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