The Best Way to Water Your Christmas cactus
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BEFORE YOU WATER
The Christmas cactus comes from tropical origins which is why it requires more water than other types of cacti. However, this doesn't mean that you should water it a lot and it still handles drought much better than too much water so it's better to let it dry up than watering it too much.
Feel the soil, the top layer (at least 2 inches) should be dry before giving more water. If the soil is still wet you risk giving the plant too much water and it can rot.
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WATER OVER THE SOIL
Pour water over the soil, using, for example, a watering can or put the plant directly under a tap
Continue adding water to the pot until it starts to run out from the drainage holes
If you have a tray under the pot when watering, make sure you remove all the collected water afterwards - never let your plant sit in water
If you watered under a tap make sure that water has stopped running out from the bottom before putting it back
“Make sure your pot has drainage holes, without these your plant runs the risk of rotting in the excess water that can’t drain out.” — PLANTA TIP
Fill the plant tray with water
Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray
Wait for about 10 minutes
Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray
If it’s still dry —> add more water to the tray
Wait 20 more minutes before removing the excess
Bottom watering will not wash away salts and other minerals from the soil, so make sure to also give water over the soil every now and then.
Fill a bucket or any other vessel with lukewarm water
Lower the whole pot down in the water, stop where the stem of the plant starts. Make sure all of the soil is under water
The water will now start to bubble - wait until it stopped
Lift the pot up and let the excess drain off
Put the plant back in the cachepot or on the tray
After 1 hour, check that the plant isn’t standing in water, if it is it might get overwatered and rot