Flower Wilt On Christmas Cacti: Fixing Wilting Christmas Cacti Blooms
In this post we will share with you how to fix flower wilt on christmas cacti. You may have already noticed that many of your plants are wilted or dying from the heat during the winter months. Many times it’s not until spring when they start growing again, but unfortunately some of them don’t grow back at all!
What causes this?
The cause of most plant diseases is poor air circulation. Air movement helps keep disease organisms out and keeps pests in. If the root zone gets too dry, pathogens like powdery mildew or spider mites get trapped between the soil particles and die off. But if there isn’t enough oxygen in the root zone, then these same fungi and insects can survive year round without being killed off by sunlight, which would otherwise kill them.
So what do you do?
Well, firstly you need to make sure that the roots aren’t getting too dry. You could water them regularly, but if they’re not getting enough moisture then they won’t be able to absorb the nutrients from the soil and their growth will slow down. Secondly, you need to give them extra light so that they can take up any excess carbon dioxide produced by respiration (breathing).
For the rest of this article, we’ll assume that you’re taking good care of your plants and watering them enough.
1. Always move your plants away from doors and windows before opening or closing.
Ideally, during winter months, you’d want your plants to be as far away from doors and windows as possible. If you can’t move them, the next best thing you can do is to close the doors or windows when it’s very cold outside.
Sources & references used in this article:
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USE OF INHIBITORS OF ETHYLENE ACTION by JW Worley – 2009 – athenaeum.libs.uga.edu
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The Lady’s Book of Flowers and Poetry: To which are Added a Botanical Introduction, a Complete Floral Dictionary, and a Chapter on Plants in Rooms by S Smith – 2000 – books.google.com
An Arrangement of British Plants: According to the Latest Improvements of the Linnean System: with an Easy Introduction to the Study of Botany by L Hooper – 1852 – books.google.com