'Christmas' Zygo Cactus
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Zygo Cactus are natural air purifiers that can bloom from mid November through April, with loads off colorful blooms.
Christmas Cactus Care
|Resting Period:||This cactus requires a resting period that helps it to bloom again, from Feb - March. During this time keep temperatures at approximately 55°F (12.7°C) and water less. Pre - flowering period from Oct - Nov requires the plant soil to be kept fairly dry until flowers bud, and then resume normal watering and temperatures.|
|Temperature:||Temperature: Best kept at 68°F (20°C), although fluctuations from 60-70°F (15-21°C) are tolerated. The plant can be kept at 55-59°F (13-15°C) will grow slowly and allow rest. Plant death can occur at below 50°F (10°C).|
|Light:||During the late fall and all winter long these plants like full, direct sunlight. At any other time of the year, the plants should be grown in partial sun conditions. Too much light during non-flowering times will cause the plant to turn yellow and fail to produce buds in the coming year.|
|Watering:||Although a cactus, this is a tropical plant. The top inch of soil should be kept moist to the touch at all times. Never allow the soil to become water-logged, or permit water to stand in the pot tray.|
|Soil:||The Christmas Cactus likes being grown in pots. It demands an easily drained growth medium. Suggested is a mixture of 60% potting soil with a pH balanced formula and either 40% bark or 40% perlite.|
|Fertilizer:||They likewise require a high dose of magnesium in the soil for proper growth, which is achieved through a mixture of 1 teaspoon Epsom salts to 1 gallon of water. This must be delivered to the plant on a monthly basis from early spring through early fall, and should be given two weeks after a regular fertilizer treatment for best results.|
|Re-Potting:||This is best performed in the late spring season. Place the cactus with plenty of room in the container. Re-potting is required every three years to provide additional growth room, although they do prefer being partially pot-bound.|
|Humidity:||Normal room humidity is suggested for this plant. Mist leaves frequently.|
|Propagation:||Best propagated through the cutting method. Sections of stem tip's at least 3 segments long should be removed from the main plant. These must be left to dry for theree or four days. Combine the three cuttings and place at least one inch deep in soil. For best results, cuttings should be taken in early summer.|