Why are the leaves hanging limp from the Christmas cactus?

Why are the leaves hanging limp from the Christmas cactus?

Causes of hanging leaves on the Christmas cactus

If the Christmas cactus lets its leaves hang limp or if they become wrinkled, many gardening enthusiasts think that the cactus has not been sufficiently watered. The opposite is true.

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Drooping or wrinkled limbs are caused by excessive bale moisture or even waterlogging. Pouring is therefore not the solution to prevent limp.

You should repot a Christmas cactus with drooping leaves. Take it out of the old pot and rinse off the old substrate as completely as possible. Then plant it in fresh, dry cactus soil.

Pour with a sure instinct

The Christmas cactus appreciates high humidity, but does not tolerate waterlogging. So that its leaves do not droop, you must ensure that the root ball remains dry. So water it sparingly. A small sip of water a week is usually sufficient. Under no circumstances should water remain in the saucer or planter.

Make sure that the substrate is nice and loose and create a drain in the bottom of the pot. To increase the humidity, spray it occasionally with water that is low in lime or, even better, with rainwater.

A good location for the Christmas cactus

  • Bright
  • not too sunny
  • protected from drafts
  • sufficiently high humidity

As soon as the flowers have formed in autumn, make sure that the Christmas cactus no longer receives any light in the evening. You shouldn't move the cactus around if possible, because the flowers align themselves with the light and simply fall off if they are turned too often.


If the Christmas cactus does not bloom, it is because it has not been able to rest after the blooming period. You should put it in a cooler place for three months - preferably outside. You can also stimulate flowering by keeping it very dark for six weeks with little watering.