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How to Grow Easter Cactus Indoors

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Overview

Easter cactus, or Rhipsalidopsis, has vivid reddish-orange to orchid-colored, star-shaped flowers that open up flat. Easter cactus is native to the Brazilian rainforest, where it grows from tall trees or cliffs. The Easter cactus is similar to the Christmas cactus and Thanksgiving cactus, the Easter cactus is not the same plant.

Step 1

Clean the pot you are going to use with hot soapy, water. It is essential to remove all debris from inside the pot to keep from transferring any pests or diseases to the new plant. Easter cactus likes to be root-bound, so if you are transplanting, it is all right if you use the same size pot or one that is one inch larger. Use a pot that has drain holes in the bottom, as cactus in general does not like standing in water.

Step 2

Fill the bottom of the pot with 1/2 inch of gravel. This will act as a filter for the water to keep it from standing in the bottom of the pot and to keep the soil from leaking out the holes, causing a mess indoors.

Step 3

Mix two parts peat moss to one part potting soil and one part of sand. Place ½ to one inch of the soil in the bottom of the pot, on top of the gravel.

Step 4

Tap the sides of the pot the cactus is in to loosen the soil and roots. Carefully slide the cactus out of the pot and place into the new pot. Continue filling around the plant with soil, filling in all the holes and gently packing it around the plant, until it reaches one inch below the edge of the pot. Water lightly, just enough to make the soil damp.

Step 5

Move your new Easter cactus to a sunny location with good air circulation. Only water the cactus about twice a month, as they do not like a lot of water. Do not saturate the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean plant pot
  • Small sized gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Fine grain sand

References

  • Home Decorating Reviews: Easter Cactus
  • Cactus Collection: Rhipsalidopsis

Who Can Help

  • Alexander Gregory, Cactus Expert
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About this Author

Cathy has 5 years experience in newsprint as an Assistant Editor. She is a Freelance Writer for Demand Studios & private contracts. She has 20 years experience working in the medical field and is currently licensed as a Texas Insurance Representative. She also has many years in home improvement and gardening.