Top Homemade Fertilizer for Christmas Cactus to Bloom?

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is a flowering tropical cactus that blooms during the winter holidays in the United States.

If you want to maintain your cactus beyond the holidays, you will need to provide it with proper light, temperature, water and fertilizer.

Christmas cactus produces yellow, pink, coral, fuchsia, white and bi-color blooms.

Flowering depends more on day length than on the nutrients provided by fertilizers, so any all-purpose, balanced houseplant fertilizer can be used as a plant food for Christmas cactus.

Growers recommend 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 formulations, diluted with twice as much water as recommended on the package, to provide a half-strength solution.

The Christmas cactus doesn’t need fertilizer while it is blooming. From April to October, fertilize Christmas cactus every two to four weeks as new leaf growth begins.

Christmas cacti need extra magnesium, so mix 1 teaspoon Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) per gallon of water and apply it every other watering – not at the same time as fertilizing.

Stop fertilizing in late September or early October to encourage flower bud production

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