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Christmas Cactus Dropping Stems

Every winter I bring my Christmas cactus in from my three season porch.  It does great outside but as soon as it moves indoors it starts dropping stems.

The transition from the great growing conditions outdoors to the lower light, lower humidity and usually poor growing conditions inside is difficult.  Place your cactus in the sunniest window you have.  Or supplement natural daylight with artificial light.  Water the plants thoroughly allowing the top few inches of soil to dry slightly before watering again.   Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer.  Wait to fertilize.  Once the plant stops losing stems, new growth appears and the plant needs a nutrient boost it is safe to give it a dilute solution of a flowering plant fertilizer.

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