The Christmas cactus is a plant whose beauty is particularly evident during the winter. However, for it to bloom abundantly, it is essential to know the right fertilization techniques. Here are some tips and tricks to achieve this.

How to maintain the Christmas cactus?
Originally from South America and Brazil in particular, it is, like most tropical plants, sensitive to winter, despite the fact that it is resistant to humidity. That is why it is recommended to cultivate it at a temperature between 18 and 21°C in the warm season and at 10° in the winter.

In addition, and to properly maintain the Christmas cactus, certain precautions must be taken:

A shaded position: to favor the development of the plant, it is not recommended to move it once the first flowers have appeared. It is best to place it in a place where the lighting oscillates between shadow and light in the warm season, from mid-May to September.

A light and well-drained soil: the favorable period for the flowering of this plant is between March and December. It would be ideal to give it a mixture of natural fertilizer and sand every 15 days, before and during its growth, taking care not to water it too much. Try as far as possible to distance the water supply, before flowering, to allow the substrate to dry. From flowering, the distance between two waterings should be a little longer. This does not mean that you have to wait until the soil is completely dry before watering it. After that, you can stop fertilizing until spring.

Apply the fertilizer lightly: avoid splashing by gently lifting the stems of the Christmas cactus. The fertilizer must not land directly on its leaves. This may cause burns.

How to fertilize the Christmas cactus naturally?
Sprinkle with apple juice: it is an excellent fertilizer. Boil two liters of water, then soak a whole apple previously cut into pieces. Two days later, you can water your Christmas cactus with this solution rich in iron, phosphorus, potassium and many other essential nutrients for its growth.

Watering the bananas with water: just like the apple, this fruit also provides important nutrients that will help the Christmas cactus to develop better. To do this, soak two banana peels in 1.5 liters of water for at least 24 hours before watering your plants with this mixture.

Watering with water and wood ash: in addition to stimulating growth, this solution also helps to protect the plant from parasites and weeds. In this case, mix 2 tablespoons of wood ash with 1 liter of water and let it sit for about 3 hours, before watering. Thanks to this fertilizing solution, your Christmas cactus will receive everything it needs to bloom abundantly, namely, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and many others.