Trimming Christmas Cacti Plants: Steps On How To Prune A Christmas Cactus

How to Prune a Christmas Cactus?

There are many different ways to trim Christmas cacti plants. You can use scissors or a pair of shears. If you prefer using a pair of shears, then you need to remove all the leaves from the topmost branches first before cutting them off at their base. Then you have to cut out the bottom part of each branch so that it will not grow back up again (Figure 1).


1. Cutting out the bottom part of each branch so that it won’t grow back up again.

If you don’t want to do any work with shears, then you can just take your knife and make a clean cut along the trunk of the tree (Figure 2). After making such a cut, you can leave some leaves behind because they will start growing back in soon after.


2. Making a clean cut along the trunk of the tree.

How to Prune a Christmas Cactus

The best time for pruning your Christmas cacti is during the fall or spring months. If you plan on trimming your plants during the summer, then do it only if you have to because they are growing very rapidly at that time. If you can avoid doing so, then don’t ever cut any branches from the top parts because those are bearing flowers. Always leave at least one branch on the plant if you want it to continue producing flowers.

To avoid damaging or hurting your plants during this process, it is always a good idea to wear protective gloves.

How to Deadhead Christmas Cactus

Deadheading your Christmas cacti is also important if you want to keep them looking tidy and neat (Figure 3). You can do this process once every two months or when the flowers start to wither. In order to deadhead Christmas cacti, use sharp pruning shears or a knife and cut the flower stalk as close to the base as you can. When you are finished, remove the stem from the vase so that the water will not stay stagnant and become harmful to your plant.


3. Deadheading your Christmas cacti.

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How to Repot a Christmas Cactus

When is the best time to repot a Christmas cactus?

If you want to move it from a smaller pot to a larger one then do it during the spring and early summer. If you want to transplant your Christmas cacti into a smaller pot, then do it during the mid to late summer months (Figure 4). You should never offer a Christmas cactus any sort of fertilizer, because that could kill it very quickly. Fertilizers are not good for any type of cacti and can even be bad for some types of plants. Make sure that you only use clean pots, so that you do not cause any type of bacteria or fungus to grow on the pot.


4. Repotting a Christmas cactus into a smaller pot.

If you follow these steps, then your Christmas cacti should live a long and fruitful life (Figures 5 and 6).


5. A Christmas cactus that is thriving in the wild.


6. Repotting your Christmas cactus into a larger pot.

Caring for Other Succulents

Another common succulent that you might want to grow is the jade plant (Crassocephalum). These plants are not winter hardy, so you need to make sure that they are kept indoors during the cold months and then brought outside during the spring and summer months. They also like bright, indirect light (learn more about lighting here). If you do not live in a very hot and sunny area (such as a desert), then you can lightly spray their leaves with water once every week or two.

How to Fertilize Other Succulents

If you want to feed your succulents, then use only a cactus and tuber fertilizer. Do not feed your plants any types of food made for flowering plants because it will not have the nutrients that they need.

How to Water Other Succulents

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The best way to water your succulents is to let them get just a little bit dry before you water them again. When succulents get too much water, they tend to rot and die, so it’s very important that you don’t over water them. The best way to tell if your succulent needs water is to lift it up. If it feels light then it doesn’t need water, if it feels heavy then it needs water.

If you let your succulents get bone dry before watering them again, they can become severely damaged or even die. It is very important to make sure that this doesn’t happen, so it’s a good idea to check on them every day or two.



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