Mysterious Christmas Cactus – Schlumbergera Bridgesii

You have to agree that this is an instant love at first sight for succulent lovers. However, its mystery is what attracts most of its lovers.

From botanists, gardeners, to the typical plant lovers (in this case succulent lovers), the mysterious Christmas cactus is fast becoming a household name. Its magical nature sells the plant as one of the most amazing succulents for home decor.

This is a detailed guide that unravels the mysteries of a real Christmas cactus. What is it like? Its origin, mysteries, how to get the best of it…. Much awaits you (like father Christmas candies) if you only keep on reading.

Mysterious Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera Bridgesii
The Mystery of Christmas Cactus @_mygreenworld

The Origin of Mysterious Christmas Cactus

The best way to unravel any mystery is to understand where it has its roots.

Schlumbergera bridgesii originates from the mighty Amazonian rain forests of Brazil. The holiday bloomer hails from the Zygocactus genus or Schlumbergera according to its name. The genus is home to only six species of which the bridgesii is one of them.

Thus absolute beauty was discovered in the mid-1800s by a scientist called Charles Lemaire. The plant has its name from the famous cacti collector from France, Frederic Schlumberger.

Take a look at another holiday cactus like the “Thanksgiving Cactus – Schlumbergera Truncata” for more fun from the cacti species.

How Mysterious is The Christmas Cactus?

In its native home in Brazil, the plant is christened “Flor de Maio.” It is where it gains its fame to be a mystery for most of its growers, and it is all about the blooming time.

Most cacti lovers assume that Schlumbergera blooms during Christmas hence its name Christmas cactus. To your surprise, this is never the case. The Schlumbergera genus is made up of holiday bloomers. The most confusing bloom closer or during Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving holidays.

So after all, the Christmas cactus blooms during Christmas. Its siblings from the Schlumbergera family host its mystery.

Take a look at “9 Types of Cacti” for our list of fun cacti types for you to have in your home.

Mysterious Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera Bridgesii
A Cactus for Your Christmas @_mygreenworld

What Does the Mysterious Christmas Cactus Look Like?

To completely unravel the mystery, we need to understand the plant’s physical appearance. In the end, you will find that it is a beautiful house plant from its looks.

The hardest hurdle to getting the real color of any holiday bloomer is the amount of propagation that it undergoes. The six bloomers take several colors ranging from magenta, pink, to white, and even some are bicolor. It is unfair to mention that the plant is one of the easiest to propagate.

The Christmas cactus is leafless with flat, segmented and slightly spiked stems. You will find its beautiful flowers that are red, pink or white in most cases emanating from an areola on its stem.

To quickly tell the Christmas cactus from the rest of the holiday bloomers, take a closer look at its stems. They are less spiked.

Looking for more rare kinds of cacti? Check out “The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica” for more.

Blooming the Christmas Cactus

Well, there is more mystery to unraveled than what you already know about this fantastic cactus so far so good.

What Comes into Your Mind When You Hear of ‘Cactus’?

As most of us would have never imagined, the Christmas cactus has its origin in the Amazon, think of the biggest rivers, and the highest rainfall amounts. In short, no desert-like climates where you find the thorned cactus.

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Mysterious Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera Bridgesii
Bloom Your Christmas Cactus @hnevvv

Does this Affect How it Blooms? How do You Care For it for Those Scintillating Flowers to Burst Out?

  • Christmas is winter time(well, not everywhere on earth). Winter is cold and so does the Christmas cactus hate hot environments. Avoid exposing it to hot air or direct sunlight. Its beautiful foliage can quickly turn into an eyesore.
  • Keep the plant exposed to bright light (probably next to your window). However, remember not directly under the sun. You can get it near the north or west-facing window or easier done, get a light-diffusing semi-transparent curtain. drain
  • Unlike other cacti, maintain a humid environment for this zygocactus mystery. The optimum humidity levels range between 50-60%.
  • The Christmas cactus is a long-living plant which makes it a great gift to be passed from generation to generation. Do not commit a crime of killing this beauty by letting its roots swimming in too much water. They can easily rot. Go for pots and soils that drain the water optimally.
  • Fertilizers work magic when it comes to growing indoor bloomers. Consider applying some fertilizer to a 2-3 week old plant. The process can also be done up to four times annually with breaks smashed four weeks before its blooming period.
  • Water your plant at least weakly during winter and 2-3 times a week when its a hot and dry summer season. Check the soil water retention(with your hand) any time before watering and only water if the top layer is dry.
Mysterious Christmas Cactus - Schlumbergera Bridgesii
Beautiful Cacti Species @oneofthejessies

Can you confess your love for housing succulents? They are all juicy and beautiful to look at while adding more life to your interiors. But wait until you have your Christmas cactus. Christmas will never be Christmas again until you see the blossoms of a succulent queen.

Thank you for reading! Be sure to check out similar articles on the cacti species like “5 Dangers Of Overwatering A Cactus” or even “The Beautiful Blue Cacti—Pilosocereus“.

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Thanksgiving Cactus – Schlumbergera Truncata/Everything You Need To Know

Which are your favorite cacti plants for indoor planting?

The Thanksgiving cactus can easily slide into any cactus lover’s list of favorites. From a beautiful blooming season to being easy to grow, you will never get it wrong with a Schlumbergera Truncata plant.

This article will take you through the essential facts of the Thanksgiving cactus. Read on to find out more about how to best care for this plant. You will also find what to expect during different eventualities.

Thanksgiving Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata
A thanksgiving cactus in a green planter @___lia_toha

Introducing the Thanksgiving Cactus

The Thanksgiving cactus plant is a tropical cactus with its native home being in the gigantic rain forests of South America. If you happen to own the tropical plant, never treat it like the rest of the desert cacti plants. In its native land, you will find it perched on trees, which makes it epiphytic.

The naming of this plant is pretty amazing as it dons a long list of nicknames. The equally amazing cactus plant belongs to the Cactaceae family, Schlumbergera genus, and Truncata plant species.

Be sure to also check out “What Adaptations Does a Cactus Have?” to see how a cactus can adapt to different environments.

Some nicknames for Schlumbergera Truncata are

  • Crab cactus
  • Yoke cactus
  • Linkleaf plant
  • Claw cactus

Don’t be surprised to hear some succulent lovers referring to the Thanksgiving cactus as a holiday cactus. Of course, Thanksgiving is a holiday. But there is a twist as holiday cacti plants are formed by an exciting group of plants that bloom over different holidays.

To differentiate the Thanksgiving cactus from other holiday cactus, look out for its physical appearance and blooming time. Its closest sibling the Christmas cactus dons smoothness and scalloped stems. The lateness in blooming also sets it apart from the Thanksgiving cactus.

The appearance of the Thanksgiving cactus is highlighted by indented stems that have the look of a crab’s claws hence its names, the crab cactus, and claw cactus. The rain forest succulent’ stems have a midrib that connects different segments.

Check out why so many people flock to the cacti plants species as their go-to succulent choice, check out “What Is Special About A Cactus?” for more.

Thanksgiving Cactus Schlumbergera Truncata
A large thanksgiving cactus @dkerr96

Caring for the Epiphytic Thanksgiving Cactus

What are the right conditions for growing a Schlumbergera Truncata? Here are the correct standards for caring for your tropical rainforest cactus as you look forward to the petals of its beautiful flowers.

1. Watering

Watering the epiphytic cactus will utterly need not to leave your cactus sogged in too much water. A dry growing medium will make it wither or dry up while too much water encourages fungal attacks. Water your plant minimally when Fall sets in through Spring.

2. Humidity

High humidity levels characterize the tropical rainforests of South America. The tall trees that form huge canopies help in maintaining the high humidity. Your plant will happily grow and bloom if you can achieve an average of 50% humidity around it. A pebble tray will work just fine enough to reach the optimal humidity levels.

3. Temperature

By now, you must have noticed that that the right conditions for the Thanksgiving cactus mimic its origin. Temperature is not an exception. The required daytime temperatures are 16-18°C, while the nights need temperatures of between 7-13°C. These ranges are perfect when waiting for the plant to bloom. When budding, daytime temperatures should be 21-24°C and 16-21°C nights.

Using a grow light at home? Make sure you go check out “Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents” to see if you’re using that grow light correctly for your succulents plants.

4. Soil

All cacti plants thrive in well-drained soils, and the Schlumbergera Truncata is not any different. Soils that retain too much water encourage fungi. Your succulent will do even better if you incorporate a soluble fertilizer into the soil. Adding fertilizer can be done per fortnight only when the plant is growing until the blooms are no more.

Try making your own succulent soil at home by checking out “How to Make Your Own Succulent Soil at Home“.

5. Propagation

The Thanksgiving cactus is everything about ‘thanks.’ The plant is easy to propagate, making it a beautiful little gift for your loved ones. They will be saying lots of thank you.

So how do you propagate the Thanksgiving cactus?

Use a sharp and sterile cutting object when making your cut of its segmented stems. Ensure that you take 2-3 segments with you and ensure that it is a clean cut. Allow the cut surface to be callous for some days before putting on a well-draining growing medium.

6. Light

Thanksgiving cactus do well when exposed to bright light.

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A flowering thanksgiving cactus @happygreenguys

The Thanksgiving cactus is a fantastic plant to have around you. Growing it will never get you disappointed.

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8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower; Different Types for Indoors/Outdoors

Do you want to add a tinge of amazingness in your succulent farm? Whether indoors or outdoors, having a beautiful botanic garden is a dream come true to all succulents lovers. That’s why you need succulents plants that flower. Succulents are exhilarating plants. They come in different shapes and sizes making a place look magical. The sight of them is breathtaking.

They not only attract humans but insects too, thus resulting in pollination. Succulents that flower come in different shades from pale green, to purple, and pink. To find out more about plants that flower, read on for the exclusive details.

1. Stapelia

Stapelia has different species. The plant was first discovered in South Africa. Sometimes it’s referred to as carrion flower. They have a strong scent resembling rotten meat. Unfortunately, this doesn’t attract humans but only insects. Instead of leaves, they possess thick spikes which are quite harmless. Also, their flowers are magnificent and attractive. Some of its species are red, while others have purplish tips.

Be sure to check out “5 Succulents with Red Flowers” for a list of plants of the red species.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Born in South Africa @flowers.cactus

2. Huernia

Huernia is closely related to stapelia and is sometimes referred to as carrion flowers. Initially, it was cooked and used as food. Huernia has sharp thorns which can’t harm your skin. Since they don’t have leaves, they use their thick stems, which are pale green for photosynthesis. The red species has a foul smell that attracts insects for photosynthesis. Lastly, they can survive in hostile conditions like extended periods of drought.

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3. Portulaca

Portulaca is a brightly colored succulent. A sight of this plant just screams life. It has fleshy stems, and the plants flowers come in different shades like lavender, pink, yellow red and even orange. Apart from being vibrant, you can easily maintain them, and they require little water for them to flourish. For the best results, you should plant them in shallow containers. They also thrive in rock gardens.

Portulaca has shallow spreading roots which help to prevent soil erosion. Additionally, it has numerous species, for instance; sun jewel which grows fast. Magic carpet and sunkit sungle are annual species that cannot survive in winter.

Be sure to check out our guide on “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” to see how you can take care of your succulents plants during the winter weather.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Flowers of Various Colors @georgualdoni

4. Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum is also known as orchid cactus. You can easily term it as ugly, pathetic, or disgusting before it blossoms. But when it does, you would definitely regret using nasty words on epiphyllum. What’s more enthralling about them is their dinner plate’s size like flowers. Behold! They are something out of this world. And, they possess different colors like white, bright red, purple, and palest cream, hot pink and pale shell pink.

They start blooming around the end of September and the begging of the spring. But different varieties can be grown at different periods of the year. Lastly, this succulent can cross-breed easily, and their cuttings also grow easily.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Hideous and Horrible @blkgirl_plantstagram

5. Adenium

Adenium is an interesting succulent. You will automatically fall in love with it its woody stem, green leaves, and their hot pink flowers turning white towards the center. It comes in different varieties, but the most common one is adenium obesum. Adenium is delicate and requires lots of care. The type of soil in which they thrive and the amount of water they get is essential. You shouldn’t overwater, and you should plant them in soil that has good drainage.

The plant often loses its leaves during winter, and they need to be kept in cold or winter temperatures. During summer, they need to receive maximum sunlight, at least 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Learn to also take care of your succulents in low light environments, check out “7 Best Succulents for Low Light Environments” for more.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Fall in Love in Adenium @adenium_vladikavkaz

6. Bromeliads

Bromeliads are famous for their jawbreaking and colorful nature. Their flowers bloom when you least expect them. The leaves are long and slender with a solid green color. The plants can be a mystery, and it can take some time to unfold. Their leaves can be confused as flowers. What’s more surprising is that these leaves or bracts change their colors like a chameleon. Amazing, right?

The actual flowers of that succulent which are tiny and purple are usually inside the cistern. Bromeliads can survive in dry conditions, as carry their water. Bromeliads are a must-have in your garden.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Color of Nature @pvplantguy

7. Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus succulent is a beautiful gift for your loved one or a friend. It has flowers of a different shade of red, pink and purple, white or orange, which will make you warm up to them. Their colorful nature is excellent for your interior decor. Christmas cactus needs a lot of care to bloom from one year to the next. You need to water the plant sparingly. Too much water can destroy it. Also, you should avoid moving the plant from one location to the next as its buds and flowers are fragile.

Lastly, keep the plant slightly root-bound. Don’t worry; even if it doesn’t bloom as often as you love. That’s their nature.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
You Can Call Christmas Cactus @hannahlockard

8. Ruby Ball

Tired of a dull office desk? Or you do want to make your table at home stunning? Then, a ruby ball succulent is the perfect match. Ruby ball is also called red cap cactus and has a colorful red top. This succulent lack chlorophyll hence the name albino plant. They don’t have any hair or spikes. You should place them in a place full of light as they love being exposed. Ruby ball has a variant of 15 different colors. Some of which are neon, yellow, purple, orange, pink, and red.

Be sure to learn all about the cacti species by checking out our piece “What Is Special About A Cactus?“.

8 Beautiful Succulents That Flower
Variant Color Ruby @photosbyamelinda

You need the right succulents that flowers to get your garden as colorful as you love. With the above types, you are good to go.

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Totem Pole Cactus (Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus)

Cacti are probably the most popular succulents we have around. Remember the days when cactus and succulent were used synonymously?

Thank God, we know better now.

We know cacti are part of the larger succulents group and the two are not interchangeable. Succulents are diverse with a ton of individual plant types – and cacti are part of this diversity.

Further on, the cacti have a diverse background. There are so many cacti species. Any three you know of?

Well, here’s the fourth one: the totem pole cactus.

Have you seen the cactus plant? Heard about it maybe? Or this is your first time?

Whatever the case, you’ll have more than a handful of information about this yet another wonder from the succulent kingdom. Read on.

Totem Pole Cactus Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus
A thickly stemmed cactus @succulentsontheside

Totem Pole Cactus

Lophocereus schotii var. monstrosus is the name the totem pole cactus goes by in the botanical world. It is yet another beauty that goes against the usual spiny – and sometimes dangerous – nature of a majority of cacti.

Its entire height, which can be as high as 12 ft, is covered by a series of tiny spineless bumps – a characteristic brought about by mutation. But if it grows to maturity, you’re bound to see traces of its past spiky glory.

At full height, the cactus plant bears sharp grey spikes at the stem tips.

Native to the Mexican state of Baja California, the totem pole cactus is green and flowers only occasionally. The blooms are pink and open during the night – so probably you’ll never see them. They come out in summer.

Be sure to also check out “What Is Special About A Cactus?” to see more features on the cacti species and what makes them so special.

Totem Pole Cactus Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus
A young cactus @artslug_

Totem Pole Cactus Care

This cactus is pretty easy to nurture. It’s a set-and-nearly-forget type of plant.

As long you have a few pieces of the puzzle in place, you’ll have your plant for as long you wish — the most important details to pay attention to include watering, potting mix, and lighting.

Very paramount also is your area’s USDA hardiness. This will determine whether you’ll grow your totem pole cactus as an outdoor plant or an indoor one.

Have a closer look at each one of these below.

1. Ideal climate – outdoor or indoor growth?

The totem pole cactus is ideal for both outdoor and indoor growth. But there’s no denying – it’s such a darling with outdoor growth. This could be attributed to its rather imposing physique.

The bad news is that not every area will be suitable for growing this beauty piece outside, at least not all year round.

Places that experience a warm climate can accommodate the totem pole cactus in the open quite well. And that is throughout the whole year. In terms of hardiness zones, we’re talking of areas with values from 9 to 11.

For cooler parts, you can still grow your plant outdoors. But it should be in a container so that you bring it inside as the cold months approach.

Be sure to also check out our guide “How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents” for more info on growing indoors.

2. Lighting for the totem pole cactus

The totem pole cactus cherishes the sun, so much. That means you should make sure it’s getting as much of it as possible – not a few hours, we’re talking a full day here.

This is fairly simple if you’re growing this cactus plant in a garden – assuming your climate is ideal for such. All you need is a clear spot devoid of any shade.

For indoors, place your plant near the window receiving the most hours of sunlight throughout the day.

Anything partial and your plant won’t be as impressed with its growth.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take away our ebookBest Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth” for our full guide to taking care of your succulents with the best lighting practices.

3. Totem pole cactus watering requirements

This is a drought-tolerant plant. A few prolonged periods of not quenching it isn’t much of a bother.

Nevertheless, you still need to be watering your baby – and your frequency will depend on whether you’re raising it in a container or out there in the garden.

Indoors, it’s best to wait at least two weeks between watering and a week when the plant is outdoors, in the ground. These are the rough timelines during which the soil would have dried up.

If you can’t keep with counting the days (it’s only natural) then simply checking whether the top part of the soil is dry or not will do just fine. You want to make sure that the soil has completely dried out before heading for your watering can.

The frequency will also be influenced by seasons. You’ll need to water your plant often during, say, a heatwave and much less when the temperatures tumble. The trick is in keeping an eye on the topsoil.

Sometimes you may even overwater your cactus. For that, check out our piece “5 Dangers Of Overwatering A Cactus” for tips on salvaging your cactus plant.

4. Soil requirements

The above watering requirements will only make sense if you have the right soil in place for your totem pole cactus.

As it is the norm with succulent plants, make sure the soil you put your plant in is well-draining. It just ensures your plant is getting the scarce water conditions it’s used to in the wild. And that’s how you end up with a truly ornamental possession.

Learn how to make your own succulent soil in “How to Make Your own Succulent Soil at Home“.

Totem Pole Cactus Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus
Close up of a cactus @crazy_plant_guy

Totem Pole Cactus Propagation

Getting new totem babies is possible through stem cuttings. And the whole process is a piece of cake.

Here’s a cheat sheet for going about it:

  • Identify a stem with a few healthy bumps and cut it off, a few inches from the tip, using a sharp, sterilized knife. Make sure your cut is at an angle to prevent water accumulation on the parent plant.
  • Treat the wounds on both the remaining stem and the cutting using scouring powder to prevent infections. This is optional, but it’s always good to be proactive.
  • Store your cutting away from direct sunlight, giving it just enough time for the cut part to callus. This takes a few weeks.
  • Now it’s time to stick your cutting in a well-draining mix.
  • Give your cutting a few days before you start watering. Follow the watering routine outlined above and keep it away from direct sunlight.
  • The roots will form between 2 to 6 weeks, and you’ll have a new plant to look out for. At this point, you can start to gradually increase the exposure to sunlight and follow the above caring tips.

Check out more tips on propagating by taking a look at “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents“.

Totem Pole Cactus Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus
Succulent planted in a black planter @soitgrows_

Pests and Problems

The totem pole cactus is a hardy succulent plant. Sure, the cactus can go for long periods without water– like all succulent plants. But what sets it apart is its resistance to pests and diseases. So you shouldn’t worry at all on those fronts.

What you want to keep tabs on are your watering and the soil mix. Root rot is still a major nightmare here. Refer to the caring requirements above.

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There is no shortage of places when it comes to buying a totem pole cactus. The most no-brainer options are Amazon and Etsy.

Aside from these e-com giants, there are many enough options that are even better since their sole focus is on succulent plants. Check out the full list in this post. Check out this totem pole cactus we found online just for you!

Thank you for reading! Be sure to check out more from the cacti species by checking out “Blooming Beauty: Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii)” or even “Cottontop Cactus – Echinocactus Polycephalus“.

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Succulent Tips: 5 Dangers Of Overwatering A Cactus

Cacti plants are loved by many because of their low maintenance regime. These exotic beauties enjoy their sun bask sessions and the once in a while watering soaks. A lot of cacti plant owners, however, face a challenge of overwatering their cactus without even knowing it. And before they realize, the damage has spread and in some cases cannot be treated.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the dangers that result from the malpractice of much water, we shall look at what might be the root cause of this problem.

5 Dangers of Overwatering a Cactus
Overwatering A Cactus @_yunion

1. Using The Incorrect Watering Schedule

Applying water is a fundamental part of taking care of any plant, let alone a cactus plant. Although watering cactus is done less frequently when compared to a conventional plant because it is a hardy crop. The very anatomy of cacti succulents of fleshy and spiny stems give them the ability to go long periods without water. Consequently, if one uses the same plan to water cacti as other plants, they are bound to overwater it. They should adjust the schedule in accordance with the weather, humidity, location of growth, and finally, the particular growing cycle of the plant.

Be sure to check out “When You Should Water Your Succulents” for a more in-depth look at when you should water your cactus.

2. Using The Wrong Planters

Planters are yet another reason you will end up overwatering your cactus plant. Ideally, you should plant your crop in a container that is breathable and one that contains drainage holes. Clay pots with drainage holes are probably the best due to their porosity, followed by ceramic types.

The plastics and glass planters are the most disadvantaged as they do not facilitate breathability and drainage, especially if they lack drainage holes at the bottom. Wrong planters will, therefore, result in a waterlogged cactus as the water has nowhere to go to, and remains within the container.

Now that you know what may be the cause of overwatering, the following are the dangers your cacti are bound to face if the above is not corrected in due time.

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5 Dangers of Overwatering a Cactus
Growth of Your Overwatering Cactus @zzsofig

3. Soggy & Droopy Cactus Plant

The super fast-growing cacti will have new growth of stems and branches that will, after some time, start to appear saturated and droopy. To touch, you will notice the typical study stems will now feel soft and mushy. The reason behind this is that the cells are filled up with the excess water molecules available and begin to bulge.

The cactus tissues consequently swell up, and when the pressure builds up, they rupture. The bursting distorts the plant’s internal transportation structure such that the cactus is unable to move water and nutrients from the roots to the individual plant parts. As a result, the cacti plants part start drooping and fall off one by one. For the larger cacti species, the whole plant slants and topples over because it becomes top-heavy. The heaviness is as a result of too much water content within the cactus stem walls.

Be sure to also check out our piece on “5 Tips on Saving Dying Succulents” for more helpful info after this article to help you save your succulents.

4. The Cactus Loses Color

Most cacti plants have different tones of greens ranging from the deep virid shades to the lighter lime hues. An overwatered cactus color will appear washed out and dull. The discolorations start of subtly such that the cactus owner may miss the differences between the original and the resulting color. Over time, the green color turns yellow due to chlorosis which may have been caused by the overwatering malpractice.

Chlorosis is the loss of the usual green coloration of the cactus, which results in stunted growth and hinders flower and fruit production of the cactus. This is as a result of too much water in the soil, which prevents the plant from absorbing nutrients properly. The succulent, therefore, cannot grow healthy because now it lacks the essential nutrients in the right amounts.

5 Dangers of Overwatering a Cactus
It Effects on Color Also @mmmayumiii0914

5. The Roots Rot & Die

When any plant organism is exposed to excess moisture, decomposition is bound to happen. Especially when those plant parts are as delicate as the roots are. A waterlogged soil to begin with experiences a deficient air supply and when the cactus roots are in contact with the soil particles, rotting begins.

The rotting attacks the cactus starting from the root tips spreading upwards. Because the rot happens below the surface, a plant owner may not realize the damage until it is too late. At its worst, the cactus becomes stunted; its stems fall off to touch, the plant turns black and eventually dies.

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You Can Judge by The Roots @iiikericoto89

An overwatered cactus plant, however, does not have to die. If the damage is not widespread, a few things can be done by you to save your plant. First, you tone down on the watering frequency, change the location of the cactus, exposing it to more sunlight. If the soil is not to par, you should change the soil mix, and repot the plant in a container that has drainage holes.

But if nothing can be done, dispose off the cacti and the soil mix you used. And if you are to use the soil again, screen it to kill pathogens.

Well now that you know what happens to your cactus if you over water it, take better care of it so that it keeps on thriving adding dazzle on your windowsill.

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