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Comment by amer chohan on March 31, 2013 at 11:07am

Dallas there is not much wrong with your christmas cactus. Cactus are in dormancy in the winter. In dormancy usually they look rough and unhealthy. Moment season changes whole look is changed. But only if there roots are in healthy condition. I suspect that is not the case with your cactus. So your cactus have two disadvantages, one it is looking unhealthy, second it will spend spring recovering instead of growing and flowering. 

If I were you, I would have changed its medium and pot too. Introduce it to a poor soil(Cacti feel happy in it, Rich organic mediums are only for professionals) in a clay pot which has more width in comparison to hight and with excellent drainage. Don't water it for 10 days after replanting. If it shows signs of health during dryness period, it means roots are alright and you can water normally. If its condition remains same then place it in the shade and only wet the surface after 2 days until it shows signs of health. It can take months depending upon damage to the roots. Here is an example of pot and the soil. 

Comment by amer chohan on March 30, 2013 at 10:42pm

 He doesn't do too much to it, but it's grown so much it has split this pot

That is the answer to all of your troubles. 

I am sorry, my ISP is in very bad mood these days. I have to wait long for lucky moments to post even a few lines. I will try today in the non-rush hours to answer all of your posts in detail Dallas.

Comment by A Former Member on March 30, 2013 at 7:15pm

I went to the nursery today. Here are some neat plants I found (but did not buy). 

This was not labeled, but it looks like a black aspidistra to me. 

This is a "devil's backbone" euphorbia.

And this is called a Calathea lancifolia. How beautiful. The leaves look like hand-painted pottery.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 4:01pm

Dallas, your pot options sound good. Just one more little chore that keeps us interested. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 30, 2013 at 12:37pm

Joan, no prob about the name. Typos are to be expected. My xmas cactus gets no direct sun, nothing harmful anyhow. Water perhaps. Maybe I'm too messy. 

That robust cactus was inside only due to the freeze. He said he leaves it out back and only occasionally waters it. 

I can soak them in the tub, I guess. Or a large plastic trash can. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:35pm

Chris, with your success story of rosemary, when I am finished with my next challenge, I am going to give rosemary another try, using your suggestions. I thought it required dry soil because of all the rosemary I saw growing in the median of arterials in California. 

I just Googled rosemary, moisture, requirements and found this

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/herbs/msg071430178015.html

Thank you, also, for reminding to soak pots before planting in them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:26pm

Amer, your cacti brighten my day, What a lovely way to get started. The yellows, fresh and bright, reminds me of the early morning, new beginnings, new tasks, a new day or job or friend. Yellow, to me, represents anything unfamiliar and new.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:16pm
Dallas, first, sorry I misspelled your name! My guess about the christmas cactus is water on the leaves and sun shine burn. Water and sun together. You said it wasn't in the sun, therefore, I don't know any other cause.
Goodness! that cactus is robust. I hope your friend discovers his secret. It sits in a doorway, therefore probably gets plenty of daft. It sits on terrazzo, whatever difference that makes. When/if you find out please be sure to share.
About soaking your pots, I have had to use the bathtub or shower at times. An overnight soak works, and I put a towel under the pots so I didn't have a mess to clean the tub.
Comment by A Former Member on March 30, 2013 at 8:33am

Amer, why does my christmas cactus look like this? It's not sunburn, I know.

And check this baby out. This is some kind of mammillaria that I saw at someone's home. He doesn't do too much to it, but it's grown so much it has split this pot. I'm so jealous. None of mine look like this. 

Comment by amer chohan on March 30, 2013 at 5:02am

Your wish is half fulfilled. They are on an astrophytum with few spines. Cactus can't do more than this.

 

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