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#378621 Nov 23rd, 2013 at 04:39 AM
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My Christmas cactus has a "wrinkly" leaf. What can I do to make it plump up again?

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ist itan water it ansee if it helps


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dodge #378665 Nov 25th, 2013 at 08:54 AM
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Heres Christmas cactus requirements.




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Root Loss



Root loss causes Christmas cactus leaves to shrivel and eventually die. Plants that are overwatered or grown in poorly draining soil develop root loss. The best soil for a Christmas cactus is a commercial cactus potting soil, or one part vermiculite and two parts potting soil. Good drainage is vital to keeping the Christmas cactus roots healthy and the leaves from shriveling.






Not Enough Water



Plants need watering when the soil is dry 1 inch deep in the container. Water the plant if when you stick your finger in the soil, it is dry. If the soil is damp, wait a few days and test the soil again. If the soil is allowed to dry out excessively between waterings, the soil becomes, hard and cracked. The soil pulls away from the container's sides. When you water the plant with hard and cracked soil, the water runs down the cracks or the sides of the container and doesn't provide water to the rest of the soil. Leaves start shriveling from lack of water.


Sunlight



A sunny location promotes Christmas cactus blooming. If the plants are grown in a sunny location without some shade during the day, the leaves begin wilting or appear shriveled. Plants do well with six hours of direct sunlight a day and shade for the rest of the



Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8669813_shriveled-leaves-christmas-cactus.html#ixzz2lhkSzauG

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Dodge:

Wrinkled leaves are usually a sign of moisture problems. Too much or not enough water can cause the wrinkling you describe.

I have heard that if you repot the cactus in a larger pot, as it could be rootbound, and use a cactus potting soil that it may do well then---and while you are doing that look at the roots to see if they are ok.

OR if you would like, you could just not water it for a good while to see if that helps the situation. I usually water mine about once or twice a month.

I have read this:

When a cactus is in bloom water it then wait until the soil is just slightly moist before watering again--BUT when the cactus is not blooming you should wait until the top few inches of soil are dry before watering again.

I have the same problem with one of mine--I guess I will stop watering it as often as I have been & see if that helps me. why


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