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How To Grow A Christmas Cactus Outdoors 

How To Grow A Christmas Cactus Outdoors 

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Ever wondered if your Christmas cactus can enjoy the outdoors? 

Well, if you live in a region with warm climates, you can easily grow your Christmas cactus in the garden. Still, there are certain growing conditions that need to be met for your cactus to grow and thrive! 

In this article, we are going to share some tips on how to grow Christmas cactus outdoors. Keep reading to discover the secrets to a thriving outdoor Christmas cactus! 

How To Grow A Christmas Cactus

Keep in mind that the Christmas cactus is a tropical plant, which means that it is used to growing in warm temperatures. So, if you live somewhere nice and warm, you’ll be able to grow your cactus outdoors. 

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1. Outdoor Temperatures Should Be Warm

If you live in USDA zones 10 through 12, you can easily plant your Christmas cactus in the ground. Or, you can grow them in hanging baskets or containers during the warmer months, and simply bring them indoors when the temperatures drop. 

Bring them indoors before the night temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit because your Christmas cactus can easily get cold damage. 

Make sure to plant them in partial shade or filtered sunlight as too much sun exposure can scorch the leaves and cause yellowing. 

2. Gradually Acclimate Your Cactus To Outdoors

Carefully introduce your Christmas cactus to increased light and humidity levels for about 2 or 3 weeks before permanently placing them outdoors. 

This transition should be gradual, and it’s recommended to do it in spring or early summer. 

3. Don’t Overwater It 

Well-draining soil is crucial when growing a Chritsmas cactus – the soil should be kept moist, but not overwatered. Balancing your watering schedule can be tough, but it’s always better to underwater it than keep it in overly wet conditions. 

If you keep your cactus in a pot, make sure that it is made out of a porous material, such as terracotta. If you want your outdoor cactus to bloom and thrive, apply a light fertilizer from March to October. 
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